PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8 Dual Certification

Arcadia University prepares students for a world of increasing interdependence and complexity. Students become familiar with their discipline (Education) as well as develop many different areas of knowledge necessary to be active citizens in a contemporary and interconnected world. Students focus on acquiring knowledge and skills in their major discipline through the Professional Education Coursework and experiences as part of the Undergraduate Curriculum. In addition, students develop a broad-based understanding across disciplines through the other elements of Arcadia’s Undergraduate Curriculum ( This curriculum emphasizes the need for students to see themselves within a global context and to be prepared to approach the world’s diversity and complexity within a spirit of respect, cooperation and justice. 

Credit Count (130 credits)

  • Professional Education Requirements: Core in PreK-4 Education and Special Education. Some major courses also fulfill other curriculum requirements. (84 credits)
  • Additional Undergraduate Curriculum requirements (46 credits)

Professional Education Requirements: Dual Certification in PreK-4 Education and Special Education PreK-8 

(84 credits)

The Professional Education requirements are based on Pennsylvania Code, Chapter 354 and 49 requirements.

Professional Core in the PreK-4 and Special Education (K-8) program totals 84 credit hours, including field experiences and student teaching. Twelve of these credits, and imbedded content and +experiences in other courses, address adaptations, accommodations, and cognitive development of diverse students in an inclusive setting (PDE Chapter 49 requirements). Three credits, and imbedded content and experiences in other courses, address content requirements covering the needs of English language learners (PDE PA Code, Chapter 49 requirements).

1. Professional Education Core Courses and Fieldwork (44 credits)

  • *ED110 Teaching for Learning (3 credits; meets Self and Society requirement)
  •  ED201 Teachers as Researchers and Writers (3 credits; meets designated research writing requirement)
  •  ED211 Assessment and Intervention in ECE (3 credits)
  • *ED212 Child and Youth Develop. (3 credits; meets Self and Society requirement)
  • ED216 Teaching Literacy in the 21st Century (3 credits)
  • ED220 Teacher as Professional (2 credits)
  • ED222 Instructional Techniques in Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • ED306 Strategies for Content and Emergent Literacy (3 credits)
  • ED317 The Literacies of Social Studies, Science and Language Arts (3 credits)
  • ED318 Developing Mathematicians: Thinking Teaching and Learning in Elementary Mathematics (3 credits)
  • ED319 Social Studies Methods (3 credits)
  • ED323 Early Intervention in ECE (3 credits)
  • *ED324 Elementary Science Methods for Teachers (3 credits; meets Natural and Physical World requirement)
  • ED387 Pre-Student Teaching (3 credits)

2. Special Education and English Language Learners Requirements (22 credits)

  • *ED214 Introduction to Inclusive Education (3 credits; meets Self and Society requirement)
  • ED315 Differentiated Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom (3 credits)
  • ED375 Managing an Inclusive Classroom (3 credits)
  • ED394 Supporting Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities (3 credits)
  • ED423 Multilingual and Multicultural Assessment (3 credits)
  • *US 324 Understanding Language Learning: Using Two Languages To Engage with the World (4 credits; meets designated Writing and Global Connections requirement)

3. Student Teaching (12 credits)

  • *ED416 Student Teaching, Elementary and Early Childhood Education (12 credits; meets Senior Capstone Seminar and Global Connections Reflections)
  • ED 416 (Sp-Ed) Student Teaching Practicum in Special Education (6 credits)

Content area courses required under PA Code, Chapter 354 (16 credits)

At least one course in Written Communication

  • *EN101 Thought and Expression I (4 credits; meets Writing requirement)

One course in American/English Literature

  • *EN229 Voices of America (4 credits; meets Cultural Legacy requirement)

Two courses in Mathematics

  • *MA117 Mathematical Concepts I (4 credits; meets Quantitative Reasoning requirement)
  • *MA118 Mathematical Concepts II (4 credits; meets Quantitative Reasoning requirement)

*Courses that also meet another Undergraduate Curriculum requirement

Additional Undergraduate Curriculum Requirements

Many of the following courses will meet both the state certification requirements and Undergraduate Curriculum requirements. Courses taken in one area also can count toward a requirement in another area. Students will have free choice to select a course from a respective area in cases where no overlaps exist. In addition to these requirements, all students have the opportunity to participate in a Preview experience (ID181, 2 credits) in Spring of their first year.

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