The dual Middle Level/Special Education major is designed to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of the individual differences that exist in today’s special and general educational settings. In an era of increasing diversity and inclusionary practices, it is imperative that prospective teachers gain knowledge and skill about students with special needs and English Language Learners so that, as teachers, they can promote a highly effective instructional environment. This degree prepares students for professional teacher certification in middle level education (grades 4-8) and special education (PreK-grade 8).
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Middle Level/Special Education must complete a minimum of 128 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete the General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to student teach and to obtain Pennsylvania teaching certification.
The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations, Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation. However, all Education majors are required to take courses found in the Children and Family Constellation as part of their teaching certification requirements. For Middle Level/Special Education majors these include PSY 221 or PSY223, SPE200, SPE271, and EDU225.
In addition, students majoring in Middle Level/Special Education must achieve a grade of 3.0 or higher in MLE201, SE220, EDU260, FCO105, MAT115/MAT171 for Math concentration and MAT150 and demonstrate satisfactory progress on identified professional and personal dispositions. Moreover, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved in order to student teach. Students seeking certification in Middle Level/Special Education will be required to have a minimum of 190 hours of Field Experience prior to the Student Teaching Semester and meet specific Certification Requirements listed in the Department of Education.
General Education Requirement
Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement
The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.
All education majors are required to declare the Children and Family constellation as part of their General Education requirements. This constellation provides coursework in areas that relate directly to the field of education such as child development, literacy development and English language learners. The content in these specific courses includes competencies required to earn a Pennsylvania Teaching Certification. The courses include PSY 223 , SPE 200 , SPE 271 , and EDU 225 .
Required Major Courses:
A grade of 2.0 is required in all the courses listed below:
Pre-Professional Education Coursework
Professional Preparation Courses
Must attain PPES status to complete.
Students must select one of the following concentration areas to complete:
Elective courses (3 credits)
Students may choose any 3 credits of ECH, EDU, MLE, SE, SPE or elective courses.
Student Teaching Semester
Students are required to have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 before admittance into the Student Teaching Semester.
Single Concentration Specialist Suggested Course Sequence:
Freshman Year (33 credits)
Sophomore Year (35 credits)
Double Concentration Specialist Suggested Course Sequence:
Freshman Year (30 credits)
Sophomore Year (29 credits)
Junior Year (30-31 credits)
Senior Year (28-29 credits)