Elementary Education w/ Special Education (B.A., B.A./M.A.)


Elementary Education Student Named One of “10 Emerging Early Childhood Leaders” 

Melanie Dean, a senior elementary education major, has been honored as one of "10 Emerging Early Childhood Leaders" in the May 2015 issue of Young Children. Young Children is a peer-reviewed journal published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), one of  the largest early childhood professional development organizations. “I have always loved leading others,” said Melanie, who begins her student teaching in fall 2015. “As vice president of the Seton Hill Education Club, I created the Light It Up Blue bake sale – now an autism annual fundraiser and awareness event. I have developed my leadership skills through my work at a local child care center, by coaching a middle school cheerleading squad, and by teaching Exceptional Needs Dance. Being a leader is something I plan to continue throughout life - it's who I am."

"I would have never thought that I would enjoy teaching middle school until my student teaching placement in 6th, 7th and 8th grade math. The students are in a transition stage that makes every day fun and challenging yet so rewarding. It was the best thing I've ever done!"

- Leah Scott, a student in the Elementary/Middle Level/Special Education B.A./M.A.Program. Leah plans to graduate with her master’s in 2016.


Do you remember the teacher you liked the most when you were a child? The one who made learning fun — and maybe inspired you to become a teacher yourself?

Seton Hill University’s Elementary Education: Pre K to Grade 4 with Special Education Program is designed to help future teachers make a lasting impact on their students as they teach the fundamental skills students will need throughout their academic lives. The program is dedicated to providing undergraduate teacher candidates with the training and specialized skills necessary to support children’s development and learning during the critical early years. This course of study also provides the professional knowledge and experience needed to become highly effective parent-infant educators, special educators and child care workers.

Teaching Certifications in Pre K – 4 & Special Education (Pre K – 8)

Students in this degree program also fulfill the requirements for two teaching certifications: Elementary Pre K – 4 and Special Education Pre K – 8.


Two Degrees + Three Certifications = Five Years From Now You Are Starting Your Career

Seton Hill is the only university in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offering future teachers the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with Special Education, and then move directly to graduate work in Elementary/Middle Level Education without having to apply to grad school. Even better – you can earn both degrees (with associated teaching certifications) in only five years.

Teaching Certifications in Pre K – 4, 4- 8 & Special Education (Pre K – 8)

The Elementary/Middle Level/Special Education joint degree program also offers students the opportunity to complete the requirements for three teaching certifications: Elementary Pre K – 4 and Special Education Pre K – 8 while earning your undergraduate degree, and Middle Level 4 – 8 at the graduate level.