Special Education


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

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Special Education at West Chester University. We offer teacher preparation (grades preK-8, 7-12) programs at the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate course levels, with degrees conferred at the undergraduate (BSEd) and graduate (MEd) levels.  We also provide opportunities for advanced study in special education including Universal Design for Learning, assistive technology, and autism education.

Our award-winning faculty hail from around the world including England, Kenya, and various parts of the United States. Our faculty training includes terminal degrees from renowned research institutions including the University of Virginia, University of Florida, Temple University, and The Ohio State University. They have years of publication and presentation experience including publications in the Journal of Exceptional Children, The Journal of Positive Behavior Supports, The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and The Journal of International Special Education. They have specializations in many areas of special education including the following:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Emotional Behavior Disorders
  • Specific Learning Disorders
  • Severe and Multiple Disabilities
  • English Language Learners
  • Literacy development for students with severe disabilities
  • Families supports and involvement
  • Legal issues
  • Transitions
  • Wilson Reading Program
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Assessment and teaching of mathematics and writing for students with SLD
  • Urban classrooms and school systems
  • Gifted education

As a student in a WCU special education program, you will have many opportunities for engagement with learners with exceptionalities.  We offer a variety of field experience courses, student clubs/organizations, and community engagement options.  You will have experiences working in local prek-12 special education settings and may work in Philadelphia, Upper Darby, and educational settings abroad. 

Please peruse our website for information on our programs and opportunities for student involvement.  Should you have any questions, email me cmurphy@wcupa.edu or call 610.436.2579 for an appointment.

Go Rams!

Dr. Murphy

Corinne M. Murphy, PhD, BCBA-D

Department of Special Education, Chair