Do you enjoy working with children with special needs? Are you committed to helping those in need achieve their potential? If you answered yes to either both questions, teaching in special education might be the right professional path for you.

Graduates of the program obtain Pennsylvania Special Education certification in PreK through eighth grade and seventh through twelfth grade. The program is combined with a major in Early Childhood, Middle Level, or Secondary Education


Carlow has an excellent history of placing students in schools for observations and student teaching. Students have easy access to Pittsburgh's extensive systems of public, parochial, and private schools, including The Campus School of Carlow University and the opportunity to complete student teaching in Ireland. With more than 150 hours of classroom observation and 450 hours of classroom teaching, you will be prepared to handle situations impossible to simulate in a university classroom.

Carlow University’s Special Education programs prepare you to meet the needs of children with a wide variety of mental, physical, social, emotional, and behavioral disabilities in multiple settings. 

Carlow education students and graduates have interned or accepted full-time positions in places such as the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind, Pittsburgh Public Schools, and a variety of other schools, museums, and institutions.



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“There was a lot of compassion and support from our professors. They modeled for us how to be leaders, beyond just what we can do in the classroom. They encouraged us to get involved.” ~ Amy Palatucci, Special Education '08