The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Early Childhood Education combined with a Special Education certification program is offered in the School of Education and Social Sciences.


The Early Childhood Education program prepares teacher candidates for rewarding teaching positions, serving the PreK- 4 population (from birth - age 9), in schools, childcare settings, and child focused agencies across the country. Graduates are certified to teach in preschool, kindergarten, and primary classrooms, grades 1-4 in Pennsylvania. The professional core courses, competencies and experiences for the PreK- 4 teacher preparation program develop teachers who are prepared to serve our most precious commodity: our children and their families. 

Early Childhood Certification can be paired with Special Education Certification PreK-8.  The Special Education program gives students the knowledge base, skills, and competencies necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities in multiple settings.

The Special Education Certification requires 5 additional special education classes:

SPED3050 - Teaching Students with Hight-Incidence Disabilities
SPED3060 - Teaching Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities
SPED3070 - Language Communication and Assistive Technologies
SPED4000 - Special Education: Assessment, Evaluations and IEP's
SPED4100 - Special Education: Collaboration and the Law

Note: The Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) and Middle Level Education (4-8) Pennsylvania programs. These programs have replaced the previous Pennsylvania Elementary Education (K-6) certification program. Either of the Early Childhood or Middle Level degree programs can be combined with Special Education (PreK-8) for a dual degree.

Teacher Certification Requirements

Throughout the program RMU's teacher candidates develop personal and professional competencies by participating in both theoretical and practical/applied experiences in local, national, and international settings.

In addition to the course requirements, there are other program and certification requirements that each undergraduate education student must fulfill for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to grant a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. These include field experiencesclearancesstate testing requirements, applications for candidacy status and then for student teaching, a semester of student teaching, the professional portfolio, and an application for certification.

Education students follow the Teacher Education Progress Process for undergraduatespost-baccalaureate students, and transfer students.

Academic Advising

Comprehensive, continuous academic advising is crucial for your success as you work your way through the teacher certification program. In order to ensure your success, you are assigned an academic advisor and will meet with him or her at least once per semester from the time you enter Robert Morris University to the time you complete student teaching and complete all degree requirements for graduation.

Admission Requirements

Click here to view the requirements for admission into RMU as a freshman, and click here for the requirements for admission as a transfer student. Initial admission to an undergraduate education degree program as a freshman student, or as a transfer student with less than 48 credits, is not a guarantee of formal admission to candidate status in an education program. All education majors must apply for formal admission to candidate status in their degree program following the completion of 48 credits of college-level work. Specific grade point average, course specifications, and other requirements must be met at that time.


This undergraduate degree program is offered at Moon Township Campus only.

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Click here to find out about tuition and fees, financial aid, and how to apply to obtain an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood or Early Childhood/Special Education!