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Special Education

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Make a Difference in a Meaningful Career with a Special Education Degree from Gannon University 

    Outstanding teachers are themselves products of an outstanding education. They come from preparation in a program that rewards academic achievement, emphasizes the importance of each child as an individual, and is grounded in a mastery of the theories of learning and education. Become a positive force of educational change and impact in your community when you earn your special education degree from Gannon University.

      • 100%All School of Education graduates certified in special education have obtained teaching positions in the past three years.
      • A+Our Early Reading program is one of a few nationwide that earned a score of “A” from the National Council on Teaching Quality.
      • Learn from faculty who collectively have more than 70 years of experience in an array of school settings and certification areas.

      Learn to Lead the Way in Special Education

      • Receive a solid foundation in child and adolescent development and learning theory, as well as instructional strategies in content areas with a concentrated focus on special education services.
      • Gain practical, hands-on application of knowledge with a diverse student population across all socioeconomic levels and cultural groups.
      • Choose a dual enrollment option with early childhood education or pursue courses that lead to an English as a Second Language certification or Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement.

      Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

      • Study at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland, and experience special education through a cultural lens.
      • Observe and explore unique educational settings in the Erie area, such as the Barber National Institute and Hope on Horseback - an equine-assisted therapy program - all centrally located near Gannon.
      • Enjoy access to a model classroom and resource rooms equipped with a wide variety of teacher resources to support you as you develop lesson plans and prepare for field experiences.

      Inspire Your Academic Success

      Gain real-world knowledge through key special education courses including:

      Literacy for Students with Exceptionalities PreK-12: Research, select, develop and practice instructional strategies to enhance literacy development of children with exceptionalities. Includes a 30-hour field experience. 

      Low Incidence Disabilities: Learn about specific issues related to a variety of significant disabilities that are included in the general category of low incidence. Includes a 90-hour field experience.

      Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English Language Learners: Explore and practice traditional and innovative methodologies for teaching language skills to non-native speakers PreK-12.

      Achieve Your Possibilities

      Our special education program is designed for your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can: 

      • Participate in fieldwork experience beginning your first year and gain more than 400 hours working in educational settings prior to student teaching.
      • Gain the foundational knowledge and skills needed to obtain a career as an autistic support educator, English as a Second Language teacher, reading or math coach or specialist, special education supervisor, or special education transition coordinator.
      • Earn an annual median salary of $61,820, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Candidates demonstrate knowledge of research-based educational belief systems and pedagogical/subject-matter content.
  2. Candidates demonstrate a culture of learning.
  3. Candidates assess and analyze student learning and make appropriate adjustments to instruction, including differentiation for diverse and exceptional learners and monitoring student progress.
  4. Candidates establish and reflect on ongoing professional relationships with colleagues, students, parents, school districts, and the community to enhance student learning.
Bridget Causgrove

Bridget Causgrove Early Childhood/Special Education

"The best part about the education program at Gannon is that you’re placed in classrooms during your first year, allowing you to observe and interact with kids as well as create lessons on your own. This exposes freshmen to various classrooms and programs within a school district. It’s a very hands-on program."

Rachel Praetzel

Rachel Praetzel Early Childhood and Special Education

“This program places us in real classrooms, where we gain extensive experience and learn useful strategies. All of our education professors are passionate about what they teach, sharing this passion with us. This program has done an excellent job so far in preparing me for my future as a teacher.”

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  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.