Special Education

Program Coordinator (PC) - Dr. Paul Riccomini ()

Teachers are important role models and support personnel in the lives of their students. They facilitate students' educational needs as well as act as mentors, guides, helpers, and advocates for students with a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. Teacher candidates willing to play these crucial roles for diverse students will enjoy a career in special education.

The Special Education program at the University Park campus of Penn State University offers coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Our excellent program in combination with our world class faculty provide graduates with knowledge and supervised practice in providing effective instruction for children and youth with disabilities.

Our degree programs include...

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Special Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education

  • Resident program at University Park campus with Special Education teacher certification
  • Online program via the World Campus
  • Special Education and Curriculum & Instruction IUG (Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Program)

Master of Science (M.S.) in Special Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Special Education

We also offer a Special Education Minor for interested undergraduate students.

In addition to coursework at the University Park campus, we offer coursework via distance education.

Learn how to apply to our undergraduate or graduate programs.

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