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Special Education, B.S.

Special Education

Pursue a rewarding career in special education and meet the needs of students with disabilities in grades pre-K through 12.

Why study Special Education?

Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and field placements:

  • Learn best practices for planning and preparing environments and instruction for students with a range of cognitive, physical, and emotional abilities.
  • Prepare to teach in a variety of Pre-K to 12th-grade settings while learning to work cooperatively with families and other professionals.
  • 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 Special Education?

Career Options

  • PreK to Grade 12  special education teacher including positions in early intervention, learning and emotional support


  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Preschools
  • Intermediate Units


Dr. Karen Arcangelo
Program Director


Recent News

Keystone College student Jennifer M. Gaughan discusses Keystone College’s Early Childhood Education program on WBRE’s “PA live!”

Exceptional experiences.
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increase in jobs over the next 10 years


Median annual salary for special education teachers

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Important Resources for Education Students


Formal Admission

Learn how to apply as an Education student. You must be formally accepted into the education program before being permitted to take 3000/4000 level courses. 


Teacher Certification Prep

Learn about accelerated programs if you already have your bachelor's degree and want to teach in Pennsylvania.


Apprenticeship Programs

Learn how high school students interested in early childhood care and those currently working in a the field can gain on the job training and earn college credit.


Early Field Placement

Learn how to succeed in your first, second, and third year placements. Each field participation provides an opportunity to experience life in the classroom.


Student Teaching

Learn about student teaching in your senior year.  Student teaching takes place in two seven week periods after all academic course work is complete.



Learn the process for clearances. Any education student wishing to participate in a field experience or student teaching must obtain required clearances every year.

Featured Faculty

Heather Shanks-McElroy, PhD

Heather Shanks-McElroy, PhD

Professor of Education, Program Director for ECE, Child and Family Studies and Graduate Program - ECE Leadership
Jan Kaskey, MS

Jan Kaskey, MS

Professor of Education
Jeanie Prall, MS

Jeanie Prall, MS

Chair of the Education Department, Director of Field Experiences and Student Teaching, and Program Director Accelerated Programs
Karen Arcangelo, PhD, NCSP

Karen Arcangelo, PhD, NCSP

Professor of Education, Program Director of Middle and Secondary Education, and Faculty Coordinator of Adult and Online Learning

Maryellen Tharp, MS

Professor of Education    

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