Special Education - PreK–8 : Robert Morris University Special Education - PreK–8 | Robert Morris University

Undergraduate

Combined with the Early Childhood Education program, RMU's
Special Education certification gives you the necessary
background, understanding, and skills for fostering a rich
learning environment for special education students.

The program prepares you with the knowledge base, skills,
and competencies you need to meet the needs of students
with disabilities, as well as the ability to work in various settings.
In addition, our education faculty members are specialists in
their areas of expertise, and all have related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, and teachers. 

The Special Education Certification (PreK–8) is paired with Early Childhood Certification by taking 15 additional special education credits.

The mission of Robert Morris University education programs is to develop candidates who support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students. Our programs prepare undergraduate and graduate candidates to be sensitive educators who strive to increase K-12 student learning through the integration of technology, effective communication skills, and the application of theory into practice and improve the teaching profession.


Middle Level candidates may choose from among the following concentrations:


Special Education
Special Education Certification, PreK-8, can be paired with either Early Childhood or Middle Level Certification by taking 15 additional special education credits. Required Special Education courses include:
  • Teaching Students with High-Incidence Disabilities
  • Teaching Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities
  • Language Communication and Assistive Technologies
  • Special Education: Assessment, Evaluations and IEP's
  • Special Education: Collaboration and the Law

The Special Education program at RMU will prepare candidates with the knowledge base, skills, and competencies necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities in multiple settings.

Dual Certification with Early Childhood Education

At RMU, we believe that a quality teacher preparation program must focus explicitly and directly on the everyday classroom setting and the teaching and learning that happens there. Only by teaching can you become an effective teacher.

Our program is designed to put theory into practice through meaningful and rich classroom field experiences. Early in the program, our teacher candidates will find themselves out in the schools, observing, interacting with and teaching children. Robert Morris University has formed excellent working relationships with local school districts and has established Professional Development Schools to allow our students access to all of the necessary practical classroom experiences.

In addition, our program is dedicated to prepare our future teachers in the most recent state-of-the-art theories, practices and innovations.

Through learning opportunities that are continually improved and updated, we provide enhanced opportunities to clear the way for our students’ success. In addition, our academic departments and programs have close ties with professional communities, providing valuable connections for our students.

Our programs support the intellectual, social, and personal development of students. They also prepare individuals through the integration of technology, effective communication skills, and the application of theory into practice. This is completed through the integration of internships and practicums, which provide real-world experiences for all majors. Overall, students will experience a dynamic combination of in-class and exciting engagement opportunities that fully prepare them for the many challenges that classroom teachers and applied psychology/social science working professionals manage on a daily basis.

 

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU. Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting. One hundred percent of SESS full-time faculty hold a doctorate degree in their field and have strong backgrounds as teachers, researchers, counselors, psychologists, principals, superintendents, and authors. Students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed.

One strength of the Education programs at RMU is the many faculty who are experts in Special Education:

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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