Because you want to make a difference

This program will not just prepare you to teach students with special learning needs, it also will empower you to shape the future of special education. When you graduate with a special education degree from Susquehanna University, you will be equipped with the knowledge of processes, policies, procedures, strategies and learning theories to effectively support students with mild to severe disabilities.

The Special Education Program at Susquehanna University is designed to prepare you to teach students with disabilities from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 in a variety of educational settings. As the number of students with one or more behavioral, cognitive or physiological differences or disabilities continue to rise, your knowledge and skills will be in high demand. According to National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 14% of all U.S. public school students received special education services in 2018-19.

As a future special education teacher, you will learn about evidence-based teaching methods, strategies, and assistive technologies and will apply this knowledge in the classroom. Additionally, you will be trained to assess individual student needs, develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and monitor progress.

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Professors with classroom experience will provide instruction in methods of supporting students across all disability categories to promote academic, social, and emotional success. The Susquehanna University degree in special education combines foundational educational theories and practices with field experience applications.

You will complete a progression of field experiences in a variety of special education classrooms that begin with observations and engagement with students, and progress to more complex responsibilities such as lesson planning and small group instruction. During the spring semester of your senior year you will complete your student teaching. Your comprehensive coursework at Susquehanna University, combined with field experiences and student teaching placements, will prepare you for a career as a highly qualified special education teacher.

Teacher Intern Program

Adults making a career change can also participate in SU’s Special Education Program. Susquehanna University, selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, provides the Teacher Intern Program to holders of baccalaureate degrees seeking teacher certification. Candidates can complete the required education courses while employed full-time as an educator under supervision.

ESL and Special Education Certification

With the English as a second language program specialist certification, you can gain the experience and expertise to support English language learners. The special education certification will prepare you to work with students with special needs.

Teacher Intern Program

Holders of baccalaureate degrees can gain teaching certificates by completing professional education courses. Certified teachers can also add certifications in English as a second language (ESL) and special education.

STEM Grant

A $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation will support the recruitment and education of chemistry, physics and mathematics majors pursuing teaching careers in high-need school districts.

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David McLaughlin, department head
mclaughlind@susqu.edu

Sara Wenrich, education department coordinator
570-372-4236
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