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Special Ed and Rehabilitative and Human Services

Diane Cavanagh

About the Program

The Departments of Special Education and Rehabilitation and Human Services at East Stroudsburg University offer a variety of academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level that enable students to work with individuals with exceptionalities in classroom, home and/or community settings. Students have the opportunity to pursue teacher certification options across various age groups. In addition, for those students who do not want to pursue teacher certification, opportunities are available to work with children, youth and adults with exceptionalities without certification.

Undergraduate Programs

Students entering the field of Special Education have the opportunity to earn Instructional I certification in the PK-8 grade range along with certification in either Early Childhood Education (PK-4) or Middle level (4-8). Students who want to become certified at the Secondary level in Special Education may work towards certification in a secondary content area including (Mathematics, English, Science and Social Studies, History, Foreign Languages, Physics, Biology, Chemistry) along with Special Education certification in the 7-12 grade range.

Undergraduate students who want to work with children, youth, and adults with exceptionalities without teacher certification have the option of earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitative and Human Services leading to career opportunities that may allow one to work as an employment specialist, case worker, community residence supervisor or rehabilitative specialist.

Do you like to work with people? Do you enjoy teaching? Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life? If your answer is yes to these questions, you may want to consider working with individuals with exceptionalities.

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Graduate Programs and Studies

At the graduate level, students with Instructional I or II teacher certification in Early Childhood or Middle Level may pursue Special Education certification in Prek-8. Students with Instructional I or II teacher certification in Secondary education have the opportunity to complete Special Education certification in the 7-12 area. Students may also work towards a Masters of Special Eduction with an Applied Behavior Analysis concentration.

Special Education Leadership

Preparing professionals to become Special Education leaders for programs in their schools, districts, intermediate units, or other related areas

The graduate Special Education Leadership Certification program is for individuals who already possess a valid PA Instructional I or Instructional II Teaching Certificate and who have a minimum of five years of professional school experience in special education or a related field. This program is for teachers who want to qualify for PA state Supervisor of Special Education certification. If your certificate is from out-of-state, you can only apply for PA state certification as a Supervisor of Special Education if you also apply and receive an initial certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Professional Opportunities for Students

The Special Education and Rehabilitation Departments offer a variety of professional opportunities for students to become involved with while at the university. All of the professional groups support membership as well as leadership roles. The major professional organizations include
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta honor society (SPED)
Best Buddies
Rehabilitative Services Student Organization (RSSO)

In addition the professional organizations, the department supports numerous activities that support children, youth, and adults with exceptionalities, encourage community involvement, and assist families with their children.

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