University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Special Education

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The Pitt-Johnstown special education program enables general education teachers to meet the learning needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

Students will enter area school classrooms in their first year to gain real-world experience in the field. 

The program offers:

  • A year-long student teaching internship working in both general and special education classrooms. 
  • Courses in autism, applied behavior analysis, and instructional technology, to name a few.
Contact Us
Bethany M. McConnell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Special Education
149G Biddle Hall
814-269-7107 |

First-Year Schedule

Sample first-year schedule

A sample of the likely first-year schedule for students in Pitt-Johnstown's special education dual certification major.

Pre-Education Courses

First Semester
  • Intro to Psychology  *
  • Composition  I *
  • Integrated Sciences
  • Earth and People
  • Structure of Real Number System

Second Semester
  • Composition II *
  • Public Speaking
  • Fundamentals of Modern Math
  • Intro to Ed Psyc *
  • Students with Special Needs *
  • History/ Philosophy of Education #

Third Semester

  • English Literature (without a prerequisite) *
  • Child Development *
  • Ed Assessment for the Inclusive Classroom *
  • English Language Learners *
  • US 1877 to present

* Course should be taken in the semester indicated because of prerequisite requirements
# Course must be taken at Pitt Johnstown 

If you are from another institution, please check if your courses transfer to Pitt Johnstown. You can join our program as a sophomore, if you have the appropriate courses completed. Learn more information about transferring.

Already have a teaching certification?

Add a post-baccalaureate special education certification at Pitt-Johnstown.

  • Please note: Course offerings are based on the number of interested applicants.

Students holding an undergraduate degree in any area may enroll at Pitt-Johnstown to earn a teaching certification in any of the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Education (Pre K-4)
  • Middle Level Education (Grades 4-8)
  • Secondary Education (in any of the seven available concentrations)
  • Special Education (K-8) Transcripts will be reviewed to determine a projected timeline and required courses. Please review the FAQ list. Specific questions may be directed to Dr. Bethany McConnell at; please add "spled post bacc" to the subject line to streamline your questions.
  • Teaching Scholarships

Students interested in pursuing a post-baccalaureate certification in education should apply through the Office of Advanced and Continuing Education. Once admitted, students will work closely with an advisor in the Education Division to identify courses required to complete the certification.

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