Special Education

Degree: B.S.E.

Learn how to best fulfill the needs of students with disabilities while boosting your marketability as an educator through Millersville University's dual certification Special Education program.

Why Study This Program?

Acquire the skills to fulfill and surpass the needs of students with disabilities in multiple settings through Millersville University's Special Education program.

The need for Millersville's teacher education program graduates who also have a Special Education credential has been climbing steadily for years. Unlike stand-alone programs, MU students are dual-enrolled in a standard education program, such as Early Childhood Education or Biology Education, and complete supplemental requirements for Special Education certification. You will benefit from an integrated learning experience led by knowledgeable faculty from various educational departments. This program also offers unique educational experiences beyond the classroom including internships with local organizations and extensive and diverse field study.

Graduates receive their Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) with a Early Childhood Education and Special Education Dual Certification or a Secondary Education and Special Education Dual Certification, and are eligible for Pennsylvania teaching certification.

Changes to Special Education Certification Programs

On October 19, 2018 Governor Wolf signed into law Act 82 of 2018 which amended special education certifications, creating a new stand-alone Special Education PreK-12 certificate. This law begins January 2022. 

Millersville is in the process of creating this new program, but in the meantime,  students can obtain special education certification with either early childhood or secondary/K-12 education. 

What does this mean for Millersville University students seeking to become certified in special education?

Our dual programs/concentrations continue, with slight modification. If you are completing your student teaching after December 2021, the dual programs you will be certified as follows:

  • Early, Middle, and Exceptional Education Department: Major Early Childhood grades PreK-8 and Special Education PreK-12
  • Educational Foundations Department: BSE in a content area of 7-12 or K-12 and Inclusive Education/Special Education PreK-12

Millersville University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and approved by the American Association of University Women. The Elementary and Early Childhood programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. 

What Will You Learn?

Millersville University's experienced professors create an inclusive learning environment that models best practices for teaching through respect, collaboration, mutuality and the realization of each individual gift.

The Early Childhood and Special Education Dual Certification program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to support students with ranging disabilities from Pre-K to 8th grade. The Secondary Education and Special Education Dual Certification program prepares aspiring educators to support students in 7th to 12th grade.

All MU education programs involve a Foundations Block which explores modern teaching and the psychology of teaching, Professional Blocks which focus on instructional technology and positive learning environments, and a semester of student teaching.

As a dual major, you will progress through Professional Blocks in Early Childhood or Secondary Education in addition to Professional Blocks in Special Education. You will also participate in two student teaching experiences to get a sense of various classrooms and to direct your career aspirations after graduation.