This five year program will serve our current undergraduate population and allow the students to remain at St. Joseph’s University to pursue a graduate degree in Special Education. The primary goal of this proposal is to help prepare academically qualified junior and senior undergraduate students to pursue a master’s degree as well as earn an additional teaching certification as an Adolescence Special Educator with an annotation in Severe and Multiple Disabilities, thereby creating increased employment opportunities and enhancing their abilities as they enter the field of education. Students will receive a strong foundation in the teaching of all students requiring special education that contribute to the effectiveness of a classroom teacher, special education teacher, and teacher leader.
Students will apply in the last semester of their sophomore year. Qualified students who are accepted to the 5- year program will enroll in one graduate course for each semester of their junior and senior year.
Overall and major GPA of 3.2
Note: For professional certification, students are required to complete undergraduate courses in the following areas, with grades of B or better: 6 credits of English, 6 credits of Mathematics, 6 credits of Science, and 6 credits of Social Science.
These four courses will count as general electives at the undergraduate level and incur no extra tuition beyond the regular undergraduate tuition. The remaining eight graduate courses will be completed after students have earned their bachelor’s degrees.
Undergraduate Junior Year - Fall: 3 credits
Undergraduate Junior Year - Spring: 3 credits
Undergraduate Senior Year - Fall: 3 credits
Undergraduate Senior Year - Spring: 3 credits