Expand your career opportunities with a healthcare management degree

Our healthcare management degree provides the educational and business background necessary to pursue a career in a variety of healthcare positions including healthcare advocacy, long-term care, healthcare institutions, insurance or physicians’ practice.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Healthcare Management curriculum

The Healthcare Management major curriculum focuses on healthcare finance, services, and data analytics. In consultation with your advisor, you may construct your major (add biology or chemistry and 6 electives) to help accomplish your healthcare career goals.

Quick facts

  • Take advantage of Carlow’s location and medical resources
  • Explore healthcare data analytics as part of your core classes
  • Get a jump start on master’s in Fraud and Forensics or Business Administration
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Alternate degree completion options

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

Accelerated

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Healthcare Management

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, employment for medical and health services managers is expected to increase by 32%.

Admission requirements & application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms

Fall, Spring & Summer

Healthcare Management faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit.

Build the essential skills to excel in public health policy

Our Public Health Policy Major is a Public Health specialization that helps you to build essential political and healthcare management skills as you examine laws and public policies that have been constructed to address issues surrounding healthcare, race, gender and immigration. 

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to take action in the rapidly-growing public health policy workforce. 

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Male and female doctors working on reports in medical office.
Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Individually evaluated

Health Policy curriculum

Our health policy curriculum allows you to explore the intersection of America’s political institutions, current laws and policies, and healthcare. Practice essential skills for political action (effective communication within political institution processes) and learn the elements of healthcare finance and management processes (legal and regulatory influences on healthcare, financial reporting). 

Following the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) guidelines, experiential and interdisciplinary learning (interprofessional education, real-world problem analysis, field placement/capstone project) are built into the health policy major curriculum. 

Field placement locations include: Allegheny County Health Department, Veteran’s Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Health, U.S. Department of Health, and various local, state and federal social services organizations. 

Specializations are also available in community health and epidemiology, or you may choose to major in public health with no specialization (compare the specializations [pdf]).

Quick facts

  • Learn alongside multiple healthcare disciplines 
  • Graduate career-ready into a rapidly growing field of public health 
  • Pursue a graduate degree (meets prerequisite criteria for the Master of Social Work and Counseling Psychology) 
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Career opportunities for Public Health Policy

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public health jobs are projected to increase 32%. Job titles include Healthcare Administrator, Social/Human Service Assistant, Client Manager and Care Coordinator.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply. 
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions. 
Apply

anytime

Start terms

Fall, Spring & Summer

Health Policy faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit.

Study health-related events and make a difference in the healthcare field

Our Epidemiology Major is a Public Health specialization that studies the patterns and causes of health-related events in specified populations through a scientific, systematic and data-driven lens. You will learn the tools and technologies used to measure and analyze health data and explore the science behind diseases and health disparities. 

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to join the rapidly-growing public health workforce. 

Epidemiologists sitting at a conference table having a discussion.
Female leadership. Medical staff having conference meeting in hospital. Female doctor briefing hospital staff during meeting.
Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Individually evaluated

Epidemiology major curriculum

Our epidemiology major curriculum introduces you to the business and data analytics practices used in  the public health service field. Available courses provide emphasis on field research methods, genetics and microbiology. 

Following the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) guidelines, experiential and interdisciplinary learning (interprofessional education, real-world problem analysis, field placement/capstone project) are built into the epidemiology major curriculum. 

Field placement locations include: Allegheny County Health Department, Veteran’s Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Health, U.S. Department of Health, and various local, state and federal social services organizations. 

Specializations are also available in community health and public health policy, or you may choose to major in public health with no specialization (compare the specializations [pdf]).

Quick facts

  • Learn alongside multiple healthcare disciplines 
  • Graduate career-ready into a rapidly growing field of public health 
  • Pursue a graduate degree (meets prerequisite criteria for the Master of Social Work and Counseling Psychology) 
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Side view of busy African American young female medical researcher sitting in lab working typing on computer looking at molecular structure developing covid cure. Modern laboratory, clinic research

Career opportunities for Epidemiologists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public health jobs are projected to increase 32%. Job titles include Healthcare Administrator, Social/Human Service Assistant, Client Manager and Care Coordinator.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply. 
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions. 
Apply

anytime

Start terms

Fall, Spring & Summer

Epidemiology faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit.

Promote health justice in your community

Our Community Health Major is a Public Health specialization that focuses on the historical and ongoing development of social policies, support services and health disparities in America’s society.  

Learn to provide the essential public health services as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and, upon graduation, contribute to a rapidly-growing community health workforce committed to the promotion of health justice. 

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Doctor putting a bandage on arm of a boy after giving vaccine. Boy looking at frontline worker and smiling after getting vaccination.
Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Individually evaluated

Community health major curriculum

Our community health major courses explore concepts of multicultural diversity, racism and gender constructs. You will learn alongside other healthcare disciplines, identify societal health problems, and discuss the implementation of social, health and political solutions.  

Following the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) guidelines, experiential and interdisciplinary learning (interprofessional education, real-world problem analysis, field placement/capstone project) are built into the community health major curriculum. 

Field placement locations include: Allegheny County Health Department, The Veteran’s Administration Pennsylvania Department of Health, U.S. Department of Health, and various local, state and federal social services organizations. 

Specializations are also available in epidemiology and public health policy, or you may choose to major in public health with no specialization (compare the specializations [pdf]).

Quick facts

  • Learn alongside multiple healthcare disciplines 
  • Graduate career-ready into a rapidly growing field of public health 
  • Pursue a graduate degree (meets prerequisite criteria for the Master of Social Work and Counseling Psychology) 
Community health worker listening to the breath of a patient through a stethoscope.
Hospital Ward: Friendly Black Head Nurse Uses Stethoscope to Listen to Heartbeat and Lungs of Recovering Male Patient Resting in Bed, Does Checkup. Man Getting well after Successful Surgery

Career opportunities for Community Health

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public health jobs are projected to increase 32%. Job titles include Healthcare Administrator, Social/Human Service Assistant, Client Manager and Care Coordinator.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply. 
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions. 
Apply

anytime

Start terms

Fall, Spring & Summer

Community Health faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit.

Earn a public health degree and join a rapidly growing workforce

Carlow University’s Public Health Major is designed to equip you with the essential business and healthcare skills, including the ability to provide the essential public health services as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  

As a public health major, you may choose from available electives or add a minor to align with your healthcare career goals. Specializations are available in community healthepidemiology and public health policy

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to join the rapidly-growing public health workforce. 

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Medical team sitting and discussing at the table in the office.
Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Individually evaluated

Public Health major curriculum

Our public health courses focus on social and health justice, epidemiologic identification of disparities, and implementation of social, health, and political solutions. You will be required to take six core courses plus three electives of your choice. 

Following the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) guidelines, experiential and interdisciplinary learning (interprofessional education, real-world problem analysis, field placement/capstone project) are built into the public health major curriculum. 

Field placement locations include: Allegheny County Health Department, Veteran’s Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Health, U.S. Department of Health, and various local, state and federal social services organizations. 

Specializations are available in community health, epidemiology and public health policy (compare the specializations [pdf]).

Quick facts

  • Learn alongside multiple healthcare disciplines 
  • Graduate career-ready into a rapidly growing field of public health 
  • Pursue a graduate degree (meets prerequisite criteria for the Master of Social Work and Counseling Psychology) 
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covid-19 pandemic. confident modern physician woman in scrubs with stethoscope, medical mask and rubber gloves looking into the distance outdoors in the city against sky.

Career opportunities for Public Health Majors

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public health jobs are projected to increase 32%. Job titles include Healthcare Administrator, Social/Human Service Assistant, Client Manager and Care Coordinator.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply. 
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions. 
Apply

anytime

Start terms

Fall, Spring & Summer

Public Health faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit.

Transform the future of healthcare with an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Built on the Mercy principles of hospitality, discovery, and service, Carlow’s entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program will help prepare you for a meaningful career in healthcare. You will develop deep roots in humanistic theory, emphasizing a balance of physical, emotional, and social health and wellness, participate in interprofessional experiences, engage in community service, and complete applicable fieldwork.

View or download our program’s mission and outcomes [pdf]

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to transform the future of practice using an occupational justice-informed approach to health and well-being. 

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In Grace Library, spanning the third and fourth floor of the University Commons, there are numerous quiet spaces and study rooms for individuals and groups to use.
Credits required: 

100 credits

Cost per credit: 

$1059/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 8 semesters

Delivery: 

On campus

Occupational Therapy Doctorate curriculum

Throughout the OTD curriculum, we have integrated interprofessional experiences into course-based learning activities and community-based experiences. Shared spaces and faculty create daily interprofessional interactions, while critical thinking and ethics courses provide interprofessional discussion and reflection. You will participate in fieldwork experiences (Level I & II) that allow you to bridge your knowledge between classroom and practice using an occupational justice-informed approach. Completion of a doctoral capstone project will position you to identify areas of need in practice to address under-resourced individuals, groups and populations.

  • Level I fieldwork (3 required): discover, develop and enhance your professional identity and apply your classroom knowledge to your experiences located on campus and in the surrounding Pittsburgh, Pa community
  • Level II fieldwork (2, 12-week required, pre-requisite of the doctoral capstone experience): apply clinical and technological skills in a variety of supervised practice settings (interprofessional & evidence-based) and focus on environment and community concepts (education & advocacy)
  • Doctoral Capstone Experience (14-week course): address a link to the domain of OT, occupational justice, and health and wellbeing to promote occupational engagement of clients (individuals, groups, or populations).

The OTD curriculum is taught through a whole-health perspective that works to develop your whole person for innovative practice in healthcare, dedicated to optimizing health and well-being as a path to occupational justice.

Quick facts

  • Learn interprofessionally
  • Become a powerful citizen of justice in society and healthcare
  • Prepare yourself to be an innovative leader in healthcare

Read about the Carlow difference [pdf]

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Career opportunities for Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists, as defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association, are skilled health care professionals who use research and scientific evidence to ensure their interventions are effective. With strong knowledge of a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup, occupational therapy practitioners can evaluate how your condition (or risk for one) is affecting your body and mind, using a holistic perspective.

Ranked one of the best jobs by U.S. News & World Report, OT is slated to grow 16% over the next 10 years (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

View or download the occupational therapy information sheet [pdf]

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Accreditation

Carlow University’s Occupational Therapy program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD  20814-3449, phone: +1 (301) 652-AOTA, website: www.acoteonline.org

The entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate program is in the process to attain full-accreditation status with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Information regarding the program accreditation process and Carlow University’s current status can be obtained by contacting ACOTE c/o AOTA at +1 (301) 652-AOTA or online at www.acoteonline.org. ACOTE is located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.

View or download our accreditation timeline [pdf]

Admission requirements and application process

Apply now for admission in Fall 2022!

Apply by:

Sept. 15 (Carlow UG/Alum)
Dec. 1 (General)

Start term:

Fall

*In order to best accommodate the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, the OT department will accept any service, volunteer, and/or observation experiences as fulfilling the required 20 observation hours. We understand traditional clinical sites are still not completely open to students, however, there are many social justice organizations that still need our help. Consider volunteering at a local agency that serves the needs of our citizens. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.

Erin Phillips
Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Program Director Erin Phillips

“I invite you to discover the new Occupational Therapy program at Carlow University! We would love to have you join us as a part of your graduate educational journey toward a career in OT. Through the lens of Catholic social teachings, guided by the Sisters of Mercy, we will discover what it means to work for and thrive in a “just and merciful world.” As part of the OT program, it is our desire to help you transform into a person-centered health care provider and socially conscious citizen. Today, as you investigate this career, you take the first step toward a lifetime of meaningful work.”

– Erin Phillips, OTD, MSOT, OTR/L, DipACLM, Associate Professor & Founding Program Director for Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy faculty

Contact Admissions

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Build potential and access to full participation with an MS in Occupational Therapy

Built on the Mercy principles of hospitality, discovery, and service, Carlow’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) will help you develop deep roots in humanistic theory, emphasizing a balance of physical, emotional, and social health and wellness. Our OT program is intentionally integrated with interprofessional experiences and faculty that help prepare you for your future as an occupational therapist.

View or download our program’s mission and outcomes [pdf]

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to transform the future of practice using an occupational justice-informed approach to health and well-being.

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Seniors do fitness training with the tire in the physiotherapy
Credits required: 

73 credits

Cost per credit: 

$1059/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 6 semesters

Delivery: 

On campus

Master’s in occupational therapy curriculum

Throughout the curriculum, we have integrated interprofessional experiences into course-based learning activities and community-based experiences. Shared spaces and faculty create daily interprofessional interactions, while critical thinking and ethics courses provide interprofessional discussion and reflection. You will participate in fieldwork experiences (Level I & II) that allow you to bridge your knowledge between classroom and practice using an occupational justice-informed approach.

  • Level I fieldwork (3 required): discover and develop your professional identity, apply your classroom knowledge to your experiences, and complete experience on campus and in the surrounding Pittsburgh, Pa community
  • Level II fieldwork (2, 12-week required): apply clinical skills in a variety of supervised practice settings, complete experience in traditional or innovative practice settings, and focus on environment and community concepts, and interprofessional and evidence-based practice

The OT curriculum is taught through a whole-health perspective that works to develop your whole person for innovative practice in healthcare, dedicated to optimizing health and well-being as a path to occupational justice.

Quick facts

  • Learn interprofessionally
  • Become a powerful citizen of justice in society and healthcare
  • Be eligible to sit for the OT national certification exam

Read about the Carlow difference [pdf]

Bridge illustration diagramming occupational therapy's curriculum
one happy confident young Chinese college student in campus

Career opportunities for Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists, as defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association, are skilled health care professionals who use research and scientific evidence to ensure their interventions are effective. With strong knowledge of a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup, occupational therapy practitioners can evaluate how your condition (or risk for one) is affecting your body and mind, using a holistic perspective.

Ranked one of the best jobs by U.S. News & World Report, OT is slated to grow 16% over the next 10 years (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

View or download the occupational therapy information sheet [pdf]

Sitting at a table, a hand is holding a pen over accreditation papers.

Accreditation

Carlow University’s Occupational Therapy program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD  20814-3449, phone: +1 (301) 652-AOTA, website: www.acoteonline.org

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is in the process to attain full-accreditation status with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Information regarding the program accreditation process and Carlow University’s current status can be obtained by contacting ACOTE c/o AOTA at +1 (301) 652-AOTA or online at www.acoteonline.org. ACOTE is located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.

View or download our accreditation timeline [pdf]

Admission requirements and application process

Apply now for admission in Fall 2022!

Apply by:

Sept. 15 (Carlow UG/Alum)
Dec. 1 (General)

Start term:

Fall

*In order to best accommodate the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, the OT department will accept any service, volunteer, and/or observation experiences as fulfilling the required 20 observation hours. We understand traditional clinical sites are still not completely open to students, however, there are many social justice organizations that still need our help. Consider volunteering at a local agency that serves the needs of our citizens. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.


Erin Phillips
Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Program Director Erin Phillips

“I invite you to discover the new Occupational Therapy program at Carlow University! We would love to have you join us as a part of your graduate educational journey toward a career in OT. Through the lens of Catholic social teachings, guided by the Sisters of Mercy, we will discover what it means to work for and thrive in a “just and merciful world.” As part of the OT program, it is our desire to help you transform into a person-centered health care provider and socially conscious citizen. Today, as you investigate this career, you take the first step toward a lifetime of meaningful work.”

– Erin Phillips, OTD, MSOT, OTR/L, DipACLM, Associate Professor & Founding Program Director for Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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Help students improve their literacy skills

As a reading specialist, you can help students identify their reading difficulties and develop methods to overcome those struggles by providing remedial instructions. The Graduate Certificate in Reading Specialist prepares you to teach reading programs at various educational levels.

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Credits required:

25 credits

Cost per credit:

$600/credit

Time to completion:

As few as 12 months

Delivery:

On campus or online

Graduate Certificate in Reading Specialist Curriculum 

The program is focused on the science of reading with an emphasis on facilitating learning for students who struggle with reading.

Quick facts

  • Innovative applied-based practices
  • No student teaching required
  • Approved provider for the federal TEACH Grant
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Hispanic Young Boy and Famle Adult Studying At Library.

Career opportunities for reading specialists

Reading specialists help students of all ages become successful, independent readers. They also work with adults and out-of-school secondary students. Some specialists focus on curriculum development.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 3% percent growth in job employment between 2019 and 2029. 

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success. No prerequisites or teacher licensure are required for this degree and certification.

Reading Specialist faculty

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Enter the workforce ready to make a change

Studies in the area of Restorative Justice will provide you with a foundational focus in addressing community-based issues pertaining to inequities in the justice system. You will also be introduced to alternate methods for addressing crime-related issues beyond the typical incarceration models most often employed by the United States.

You will be encouraged to consider how race and class affect interactions with the police and court systems. This concentration provides a solid foundation of theory, policy and research to help students become active change agents as they enter the workforce

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In Grace Library, spanning the third and fourth floor of the University Commons, there are numerous quiet spaces and study rooms for individuals and groups to use.
Degree:

BSW

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Restorative Justice concentration curriculum

Students are required to complete the Restorative Justice sequence — Communities, Organizations in Praxis and Race, Class and Justice, as well as two courses from the following:Violence and Victims of Crime, Crime and Mental Health, Prison and Society and/or Juvenile Delinquency. Prior to taking these courses, students must complete Introduction to Social Work and Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Quick Facts

  • Students are required to satisfy the requirements for the Social Work or Criminology major
  • Concentration requires 12 credits, not including prerequisites
  • A minimum of six credits of the selected Restorative Justice courses must be taken at Carlow University

Career opportunities for Restorative Justice graduates

Restorative justice provides social workers with a framework and set of practices to repair or produce resolution, to the extent possible in individual, family, community situations that may or may not involve the criminal justice system. At the macro or societal level, social workers advocate for social justice policy as well as provide resources for disenfranchised members of society.

Social workers may be working with individuals victimized by a crime or individuals court-ordered to treatment because of offending behaviors. Applications of restorative justice may be used by social workers within the criminal justice system such as in jails or prisons; or re-entry initiatives for incarcerated individuals; or within the child welfare system in cases of child abuse and neglect; or in educational settings where restorative practices are used by school social workers to build community and respond to conflict.

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Accreditation

The Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet them. CSWE administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and reviews. Carlow University’s next accreditation visit will be in 2028.

View or download the following for more information:

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms

Fall, Spring & Summer

Social Work faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit.

Prepare to help meet the educational needs of students with disabilities

Carlow University’s Special Education program at the graduate level prepares teachers to meet the needs of children with a wide variety of mental, physical, social, emotional and behavioral disabilities in multiple settings. You will learn to adapt general education lessons to effectively teach students with mild and moderate disabilities.

Per requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, students entering the Special Education graduate certificate program must be certified teachers in another content area.

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In Grace Library, spanning the third and fourth floor of the University Commons, there are numerous quiet spaces and study rooms for individuals and groups to use.
Credits required:

26 credits

Delivery:

$600/credit

Time to completion:

As few as 18 months

Delivery:

On campus or online

Graduate Certificate in Special Education curriculum

The graduate Special Education program includes 23 credit hours of coursework focusing on the practical application of research-based special education theoretical constructs and methodology and 3 credits of student teaching. The program requires 12 credits that focus on research methodologies, analytical processes and critical issues. You must have 9 credits in special needs education as prerequisites to entering the Master of Education program with a concentration in special education. 

Quick facts

  • Emphasizes meeting needs of students with a wide range of disabilities and positive behavior support
  • Latest special education technology
  • Approved provider for the federal TEACH Grant
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Career opportunities for special education teachers

Most special education teachers work in public schools, teaching students at the preschool, elementary, middle and high school levels. Others work in private schools, child care services and other institutions.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of special education teachers is projected to grow 3% from 2019 to 2029. Demand for special education services and teachers should rise as disabilities are being identified earlier and as children with disabilities are enrolled into special education programs.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success. No prerequisites or teacher licensure are required for this degree and certification.

Special Education faculty & staff

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