Special Education and Curriculum & Instruction Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Degree (SE/CI LL ED IUG)
with emphasis in Language and Literacy Education leading to certification as a Reading Specialist
The Special Education and Curriculum and 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 BS in Special Education, certification in special education and as a reading specialist in the state of Pennsylvania, and a MEd 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 integrated Special Education B.S. and Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed., 150 credits are 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.