to offer new education dual certification program
University this fall will begin a new dual certification program in PreK-4 and special education PreK-8. The program
recently received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
program allows students to obtain two certifications without enrolling in
graduate school. Before the program was approved, students were required to
pursue a master’s degree to receive multiple certifications. The program
will be offered this fall to incoming first-year students as well as to current
first-year students and sophomores.
to Dr. Kent Chrisman, professor of early childhood education and chair of the
early childhood program committee, “This particular dual certification is a
degree that is in-demand. Many school districts have expressed a preference for
dual certification in teaching applicants. We believe that our graduates will
be highly qualified for teaching positions and will be able to utilize many
competencies through this additional coursework.”
Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that all candidates for special
education certification already have or are concurrently pursuing certification
in a secondary content area.
the new program, students will need to take an additional six special education
courses in such areas as providing interventions for students with
communication impairments, cognitive and/or physical impairments, and social,
emotional and behavior impairments.
to Dr. Christopher Schwilk, associate professor of special education and chair
of the department of educational leadership and special education, “Our goal is
to provide students at Shippensburg the training they require at the
undergraduate level to meet the demands of the market and ultimately to equip
them to serve students who attend Pennsylvania schools and beyond.”
For more details about the program, please click here: http://tiny.cc/7h9gex.