The special education Pre K-8 curriculum prepares teachers to understand their professional roles, including the history and legal implications, and the nature of students with special needs. The program provides techniques for creating an educational environment where all students have equal opportunity to develop academically as well as socially.
The curriculum stresses assessment, program planning, evaluation, and instructional methods in relation to theories of growth, development, and basic learning theory. Teachers also learn to consider affective needs, to implement behavior management principles and to manage the learning environment.
The program meets the requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Certificate, Teacher of the Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has revised the Standards for Special Education Services and Programs. The special education teacher preparation program at Cabrini College will be adjusted to meet the changing standards.
During their first year, students are expected to volunteer on and off campus for social and recreation activities for people with special needs.
Beginning in the sophomore year, students participate in field experiences each Wednesday for the full day. Students are assigned to a variety of special education settings so that before entering the student teaching situation, each student will have participated in five different programs for exceptional children and adults.
A fee will be assessed to those students requiring transportation to field sites. Seniors must arrange their own transportation during their student teaching semester. Cabrini College does not provide transportation during the student teaching semester.
Note: Some courses are offered only in evening or the late afternoon. Most special education courses are offered only one semester each year. Consider the sequence of course offerings when planning a complete program.