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

Special education as a discipline has continued to experience exciting growth within the education field, and West Chester University has continually exited highly desired special education teachers. Our graduates have been extremely successful in securing employment across a variety of school and agency settings where individuals with disabilities may be served. Our special education faculty all bring significant experience in direct service to infants, children, young adults, and adults with disabilities to the university classroom, providing a rich context within which to prepare future teachers.

On this site, you will find special education programs at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level (the latter encompassing post-baccalaureate certification and master’s programs of study). Please take a moment to find the information relevant to your desired course of study. In response to certification changes established in 2008 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, corresponding changes in curricula have occurred in the entire Teacher Education program at West Chester University, and as a result have aligned programs with new “highly qualified teacher” language in the law. This has allowed us in the special education discipline to partner with even more departments across campus in the development of dual undergraduate major courses of study that will result in certifications in both special education and the respective general education counterpart programs...again continuing to place our exiting students in highly marketable employment status. Students not wishing to be certified in special education may still complete a course of study in another education major while completing a minor in special education; this combination would result in certification in the education major area only, but would offer critical information in teaching students with disabilities who are served to large extents in general education classrooms. For further information about the undergraduate programs, please contact Dr. Donna Wandry at (610) 436–2579 or dwandry@wcupa.edu.

At the graduate level, The Department of Special Education at West Chester University is continually growing its capacity to provide both post-baccalaureate certification and Master’s of Education programs by offering the same quality education across increasing venues.  To that end, students have a choice in both programs between traditional (face-to-face) courses on the West Chester University campus, fully online courses, and blended (combination of traditional and online) courses at the new PASSHE Philadelphia Multi-University Center in Center City.   As with the undergraduate program, graduate program completers continue to be productive, energized, highly qualified practitioners held in high regard in their respective settings.  Please also take a minute to visit the information about our two graduate level interdisciplinary, empirically–based certificates, in Universal Design for Learning/Assistive Technology (online format) and in Autism Studies (traditional format). These 18–credit post-baccalaureate certificate programs also may be used to fulfill requirements for areas of concentration within the Master’s degree. For more information on any of these graduate programs, contact Dr. Vicki McGinley, Graduate Coordinator, at (610) 436–1060 or vmcginley@wcupa.edu.

 Thank you for visiting our site! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Dr. Donna Wandry, Chair
Department of Special Education