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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’s elementary education with special education program will prepare you to become the teacher that future generations will remember, for having made a positive, lasting impact on their lives.

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Why Study Education at Seton Hill?

Apple Distinguished SchoolSeton Hill’s founders, the Sisters of Charity, have always considered education one of their most important missions. The faculty in our education programs have elementary, middle and secondary level classroom experience in addition to university-level expertise in preparing future educators. We prepare current and future teachers with the knowledge, skills and strategies they need to serve students with a variety of learning styles, challenges and gifts. We focus on inclusive environments and 21st Century skills in our approach to preparing classroom teachers.

Teaching Certification PreparationTeaching Certification Preparation Available

Elementary education with special education majors can also fulfill the educational requirements for two teaching certifications: Elementary Pre K – 4 and Special Education Pre K – 8. Find out more on the Teaching Certification Preparation section of our site.

"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.

Education Club

Seton Hill’s Education Club provides extracurricular activities, as well as service opportunities, networking and professional development opportunities for those students who want to enhance their careers as professional educators.

Your Future in Elementary & Special Education

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career outlook for certified elementary educators is solid. In 2019, the median annual wage for elementary school teachers exceeded $59,000 ($61,000 for special education teachers).

Career opportunities for education majors include:98 percent career and graduate school placement

  • Teachers in Public, Private & Parochial Schools
  • Adoption & Child Care Agencies
  • Alternative School, Preschool & Afterschool Programs
  • Educational Software Design
  • State & Federal Education Assistance & Support Programs
  • Tutoring Programs
  • Textbook Development

"I'm ready to start getting these second graders' creative juices flowing, to use interactive bulletin boards, to use technology in the best way possible, to sing and dance with my little ones, and to help them in reaching their goals and following their dreams!  I know I've learned exactly how to do this from only the best!"

- Marisa Dunaway (SHU 2013), in an email sent to her education professors after accepting a second grade teaching position at St. John Central Grade School in her hometown of Marietta, Ohio. Marisa graduated from Seton Hill with a degree in elementary education with special education.

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