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Special Education - PreK-8 And Middle Grades Preparation (4-8), B.S.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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As a candidate in a WCU special education program, you will have many opportunities for engagement with learners with exceptionalities. We offer a variety of field experience courses, student clubs/organizations, and community engagement options. You will have experiences working in local prek-12 special education settings and may work in Philadelphia, Upper Darby, and educational settings abroad.

The faculty is committed to supporting the development of teachers who acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to construct effective, high-quality educational programs for children with disabilities. The mission is to foster knowledgeable, passionate, competent, and reflective graduates who will serve as eloquent, articulate advocates for all children, families, and special education professionals. This program provides students with field placement and experience in the same block of courses where they are concurrently learning characteristics, teaching methods, application, and theory. These placements give students an opportunity to reflect and question what they observe and experience in these settings, which is vital to the success of integrating theory and practice.

The field experiences in private or public schools are designed to give students first-hand opportunities with children in high-incidence and low-incidence settings. The course work taken concurrently provides students with the theory and research necessary to become effective teachers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Special Education

  • Field: Students with Exceptionalities
  • Curriculum and Instruction for Individual Learning Differences I
  • Behavior Management & Field Experience
  • Assessment and Special Education
  • PreK-8 Aspects of Transition
  • Curriculum and Instruction for Individual Learning Differences II and Field
  • Communication Development and Assistive Technologies for Students w/ Disabilities
  • Student Teaching for Exceptional Learners

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General Requirements

  • Graduation, with satisfactory scholarship in a college-preparatory curriculum, from an approved secondary school or approval by the Credentials Evaluation Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, or Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency.
  • Either a satisfactory score on the SAT of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) or satisfactory scores on the tests given in the American College Testing Program (ACT). Applicants who graduated from high school more than three years ago do not need to submit test scores.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      805 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 805 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      805 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 805 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      322 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 322 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for West Chester

    • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
      Living Costs

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