Special Education

Bachelor of Science Education | School of Education
Edinboro University

Wanted: Special Education teachers to help every child succeed.

Education is not just about reading, writing and arithmetic anymore. Teachers must provide specialized and individualized instruction at every grade level, from kindergarten through high school. Our Special Education program at Edinboro University prepares you to meet the diverse needs of these students.

As a Special Education major, you’ll earn a dual degree in Special Education and the content area and education level that interests you most. Whether you choose Special Education and Early Childhood, Middle or Secondary Education, you will build age-appropriate skills in the areas of learning support, emotional support, life skills and autistic support. As you develop core professional competencies using problem solving and data base approaches, you will grow in your ability to work with children, families and adults with a broad range of needs.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Make a difference in the lives of children from pre-K through high school.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than a quarter million students in Pennsylvania public schools alone require special education services.

Personalize your program with a dual degree.

Edinboro offers many opportunities for dual certification. See the plan of study and curriculum requirements for each program here:

Become part of the Edinboro legacy.

Since its founding in 1857, Edinboro has focused on teacher education. Our strong legacy translates to a philosophy of excellence and a commitment to developing future teachers who are prepared to make a difference in the lives of all children and their families. As a student at Edinboro you’ll have the opportunity to:

Learn from faculty who are passionate about teaching, research and scholarship. Most have terminal degrees in their field as well as classroom teaching experience. They bring the real world and best practices together to create a dynamic and relevant learning environment.

Get into the classroom early and often, in both rural and urban schools. Your experience will include teacher-shadowing as well as a semester of student teaching. Some students participate in our partnership with the Philadelphia Urban experience, or volunteer to student teach in Mexico and Ireland.

Choose Edinboro’s Living and Learning residence floor for Education majors. It provides a way to immerse yourself in your future profession while you form lifetime friendships.

Join a professional organization such as Council for Exceptional Children, Student Pennsylvania State Education Association or BOROeyc, or the Kappa Delta Pi Honors Fraternity.

Graduate ready to join Edinboro alumni who are teaching all across the country, or pursuing graduate programs in reading education, curriculum and instruction, school psychology, counseling or special education programs concentrating in autism, behavior management and learning disabilities.

"My four and a half years at Edinboro did more than prepare me for my career in teaching. I felt confident going into my classroom on that first day, ready to greet all of my children! I was taught how to treat every student as an individual, and I learned how to meet the needs of every single child in my classroom. From my professors, to my adviser, to my peers, I learned and grew so much as an educator. Edinboro will always have a special place in my heart!"

Lauren Hippo, Class of 2016 - 4th grade teacher, LaFayette Elementary, Harnett County Schools, Kipling, N.C.