Early Childhood Education/Special Education Dual Major
Pursue a satisfying career as a teacher who can help young students flourish — especially those with special needs.
Why study Early Childhood Education/Special Education?
Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and field placements:
- Learn how to create educational environments that support and nurture positive developmental outcomes.
- Work with expert faculty who will prepare you for a bachelor’s degree and certification to teach in a variety of Pre-K to twelfth grade settings.
- Participate in school-based observation and participation each semester and gain real world experience with field experiences beginning your first year and continuing through student teaching in your last semester.
Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:
- Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
- 92% of students receive financial aid.
- Over 175 scholarships are awarded yearly.
What can I do with a degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education?
- PreK to Grade 4 Education Teacher
- PreK to Grade 12 Special Education Teacher including in early intervention, learning and emotional support.
- Public schools
- Private schools
- Intermediate Units
- To develop candidates’ content knowledge related to learners, content areas, and evidenced based practices essential for effective and equitable teaching.
- To prepare candidates with skills for planning and implementing purposeful learning experiences
- To guide and prompt students to acquire knowledge, skills and competencies regarding a broad range of computer technologies and software and to use them responsibly.
- To prepare candidates so they acknowledge multiple perspectives and plan diverse experiences to address the academic, interpersonal, and emotional needs of all learners.
- To prepare candidates to collect and analyze and use multiple assessments and tools to enhance student achievement.
- To prepare candidates to respect and demonstrate professional integrity through behaviors that reflect national, state, and institutional ethical standards and equip students to operate as collaborative professionals.
- To provide authentic field experiences for students so they can demonstrate their learning as they observe and work with a teacher and support staff and interact with children in a learning environment.
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Important Resources for Education Students
Caroline Millen, PhD
Heather Shanks-McElroy, PhD
Karen Arcangelo, PhD, NCSP
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