Special Education


Special Education Office
304 Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call: 610-436-2579
FAX: 610-436-3102

Special Education

Special Education Mission


In keeping with the purpose of teacher education at West Chester University, the prime mission of the Teacher Education program in Special Education is to prepare teachers who can synthesize self-knowledge and general knowledge of (a) foundations of the study of disability, (b) the learner with disabilities, (c) appropriate content for the learner with disabilities, and (d) effective classroom pedagogy.  We believe this synthesis encourages reflection on the art of teaching and results in a professional who is able to make sound, ethical educational decisions regarding curriculum and instructional strategies for students with disabilities.

Special Education Outcomes

Curricula, Teaching, and Faculty Philosophies in the Department of Special Education at West Chester University are guided by the Standards of the Council for Exceptional Children in conjunction with the standards of the Pennsylvania State Department of Education. Specific program outcomes can be found here.

The Department of Special Education at West Chester University offers the following programs:



Initial teacher preparation in the following dual certification areas:

  • B.S.Ed.in Special Education and Early Grades Preparation
  • B.S.Ed. in Special Education and Secondary Education (content area)



For further program information contact

Undergraduate Programs: (610) 436-2579 or email Dr. Corinne Murphy cmurphy@wcupa.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator: (Spring 2015) email Dr. S. Christy Hicks shicks@wcupa.edu

For student activities information contact

Best Buddies Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dean Schofield dschofield@wcupa.edu and Dr. Kim Doan kdoan@wcupa.edu

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Faculty Advisors: Dr. Claire Verden cverden@wcupa.edu and Dr. Beatrice Adera badera@wcupa.edu

For WCU education student general information click here

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