Special Education

 

Special Education Office
304 Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call: 610-436-2579
FAX: 610-436-3102
smcknett@wcupa.edu


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:

Undergraduate

Majors (Freshman entering Fall 2009 or later)

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)*

Minors

For undergraduate students in other majors

Graduate

For further program information contact

Undergraduate Programs: (610) 436-2579 or email Dr. Donna Wandry dwandry@wcupa.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Vicki McGinley vmcginley@wcupa.edu

For student activities information contact


Best Buddies Faculty Advisor: Dr. Donna Wandry dwandry@wcupa.edu

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

(Currently undergoing application for reactivation for PA Council for Exceptional Children)

For WCU education student general information click here

*Programs have achieved final approval status from PA Dept of Education

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