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Integrated B.S. in Special Education/M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

The Special Education and Curriculum Instruction with Emphasis in Language and Literacy Education Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (SE/CI-LLED IUG) Degree Program consists of integration of required courses for a B.S. in Special Education with courses required for certification as a Reading Specialist and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Language and Literacy Education (LLED).

The five-year, SE/CI-LLED IUG is an option for highly qualified students seeking certification to teach Special Education in Pennsylvania in grades K-12. Students in this IUG will be taught how to design and deliver appropriate instruction based on individual needs and incorporate a variety of materials and strategies. Students are expected to complete courses required for the graduate level K-12 reading specialist integrated with their undergraduate experiences and coursework in Special Education and will complete a summer practicum in an on-campus reading clinic as well as a capstone Special Education teaching experience in their final semester. Completion of the IUG (along with earning a passing score on PDE-required PRAXIS tests) leads to a B.S. in Special Education, certification in special education and as a reading specialist in the state of Pennsylvania, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Admission to the SE/CI-LLED IUG Reading Specialist program will be based upon having attained a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Special Education courses, with a grade of B or better in SPLED 412. Admission will be based on a recommendation by the Reading Specialist Program Coordinator in consultation with the Coordinator of Teacher Education in Special Education.

For the B.S./M.Ed. Degree in integrated Special Education B.S. and Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed., a minimum of 150 credits is required. Up to 12 graduate level credits can apply to both undergraduate and graduate degrees; half of these must be at the 500-level. Students can complete the B.S. in Special Education and not advance to the M.Ed. CI degree if they desire.