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Elementary Education / Special Education Dual Certification

About the dual certification.

As student needs change, the ability for educators to adapt becomes even more critical. In the elementary education / special education dual certification program, students learn how to teach others with and without special needs, as well as how to aid those with learning disabilities to thrive. With added versatility, graduates will be ready to change the lives of students from more diverse populations.

School of Education

The elementary education / special education dual certification program is part of the School of Education. Rigorous programs and close interaction with acclaimed faculty ensure that graduates leave the Mount ready to make a difference in a rapidly changing educational environment.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the dual certification.

The elementary education / special education dual certification major equips you to handle the challenges of teaching language arts, social studies, mathematics and science to students with a variety of learning needs in grades 1-6, as well as general special education to grades 1-8. The program culminates with two internships and a professional seminar, enabling you to practice the skills you’ve developed in real-world situations.

While in the elementary education / special education dual certification program, you’ll learn not only how to teach topics such as reading, writing and mathematics, but also how to best plan your lessons, as well as the purpose and methods of assessment. Additionally, you’ll gain an understanding of how to appropriately manage and teach children requiring additional support.

This dual certification will not only enable you to handle greater responsibilities in the classroom, it will also provide greater career advancement opportunities due to your increased range of teaching abilities.

This Maryland Approved program meets certification requirements in other states. The program holds a Certificate of Distinction from the International Literacy Association for the quality preparation in reading instruction. Students are advised, however, to consult certification requirements in states of interest early in their study.

Because of the specific sequence of course offerings in the program, it is necessary for students to start education courses in their freshman year, or at the latest, at the beginning of their sophomore year. Students starting education courses after that time may not be able to graduate with their class as elementary education majors.

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Karly Sites Mount St. Mary's University Class of 2016

Through my internship experiences and from my internship mentors I have come to know myself as a teacher. I have learned teaching practices that let me meet the learning needs of all of my students.

Karly Sites, C'16 Special education teacher, Frederick County (Maryland) Public Schools