Program Mission

Our mission is to develop beginning educators who make reflective and deliberate decisions that support and extend the learning of all students by providing them with the best preparation for meeting the needs of a diverse population of individuals and their families.

Special Education Pre-K-8 with Dual Certification in Middle Level (4-8)

Assessment within the specific special education program includes, but is not limited to:

Completion of:

  • 48-60 credits; including the required courses below
  • 2 Math courses
  • ENGL 104 [English Composition]
  • Additional course in English Literature [numerous options]
  • PSED 161 [Foundations of Education]
  • SPED 102 [Diversity of the Learner]
  • SPED 105 [Special Education History and Law]
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Passing scores for ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators [CORE] or Pearson Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment [PAPA]
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Math
    • Or combination with a 500+ in SAT scores; and/or 23+ ACT scores
  • Enrollment in:
    • PSED 244 [Adolescent Psychology]
  • Evidence of current:
    • CEC membership
    • PSEA membership
    • Negative TB test results
    • Current Clearances including Act 151; Act 34; and Act 114

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Contact Us

For more information about the department and programs offered, please contact the department secretary at (570) 422-3558 or email at

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall 105
(570) 422-3416
(570) 422-3198 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair Special Education & Rehabilitation
Dr. Gina Scala
(570) 422-3781