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4 + 1 Early Childhood and Deaf Education + MEd Special Education


Interested in saving time and money while you expand your employment opportunities in the field of education? You can do it at Edinboro University. Earn three certifications and two degrees in five years with Edinboro's accelerated program in early childhood education, deaf education and special education.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

Edinboro University is one of only three CAEP-accredited educational institutions in Pennsylvania and offers the only Early Childhood and Deaf Education program of its kind in Western Pennsylvania.

With this undergraduate degree, you can earn both the PreK-Grade 4 certification and the PreK-Grade 12 Deaf Education certification.

If you meet the GPA requirements during your junior year, you have the option to apply to the graduate level Special Education program to start your master’s degree in Special Education while still an undergraduate.

In addition, after you complete your senior year student teaching and pass your exams, you will be a certified teacher! You can teach anywhere in the country while you finish the last year of your master’s degree fully online. Or opt to stay on campus to complete your master's.

One of the Best Online Programs in the U.S.


U.S. News and World Report named Edinboro's master's degree in Special Education one of the best online programs in the country.

How Edinboro Supports You.

At Edinboro's School of Education, our priority is to produce the best possible educators, educational leaders and other professionals; engage with our community partners to impact the lives of the people in the community; and improve our disciplines through scholarship and research-based activities.

As a student, you'll learn from faculty who are experienced in their field. They bring real world and best practices together to create a dynamic and relevant learning environment built on their passions for teaching, research and scholarship.

Because you will have many opportunities to interact with students and gain more teaching experience, you will meet state-required competencies sooner than most master’s degrees. What’s more, you will do it in a more cost-effective manner because you’ll take multiple graduate credits at the undergraduate tuition rate!

Your Future

In today’s educational environment, holding multiple areas of certification will expand your employment possibilities and provide you with the knowledge and skills to provide the best possible education for your future students.

When you enroll in Edinboro's innovative 4+1 accelerated program in Early Childhood, Deaf Education and Special Education, you’ll follow a groundbreaking path of coursework that combines established teacher training, skilled faculty and many opportunities to be in classrooms while meeting Pennsylvania Department of Education competencies.

You’ll earn three certifications in just five years and be among the first in Pennsylvania to earn these valuable degrees.

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Karen Lindeman
Professor, Early Childhood/Deaf Education
314 Butterfield Hall
Email: klindeman@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814-732-1550

Dr. Meghan Ferraro
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Head: Special Education
121 Butterfield Hall
Email: ferrarom@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814-732-2410

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