Holy Family is proud to offer students a highly supportive learning environment that values their personal and professional goals. Students in our Education program thrive in our small yet challenging learning environment. We believe in educating beyond the classroom and providing opportunities for hands-on experience, which is a key component of your college education.
Special Education PK-8 Certification: The Special Education program at Holy Family University prepares you for dual certification in Special Education PK–8 and Early Childhood Education PK–4. You will be taught to work effectively with students of various functional and cognitive abilities and ages in various settings from nursery school through grade 8. From instructional and classroom management techniques to inclusionary models of teaching, our special education curriculum provides a wide array of skills and field experiences for future teachers.
Program highlights include:
- Special Education Assessment
- Special Education Instructional Design
- Enhancing Communication & Literacy
- Including Students with Significant Support Needs
Built in 2004, the state-of-the-art Education & Technology Center was designed for one purpose—to train teachers. The facility features the most advanced equipment, including total wireless capability, live video conferencing, and translation capabilities for conferences. Along with general-purpose classrooms, the facility also features four specialized classrooms for the teaching of reading, science and math, early childhood, middle level, and special education.
We strongly believe in placing students into the field and into as many different classroom environments as possible. Our comprehensive field placement program, unmatched in its amount and variety of field experiences, starts with freshman year and continues until graduation.
Freshman and Sophomore Year—Observations
In your first and second years you will begin visiting and experiencing a wide variety of teaching environments. You will write reflections on your observations and discuss these in class. In addition you will learn how to write lesson plans and will even have the opportunity to teach a few lessons in actual classrooms!
Junior Year—The Practicum
In your third year, in what is called “Practicum,” your experience will increase. You’ll be placed one day a week, for a full day, in a school working in a classroom with a teacher. You’ll do assignments, write lesson plans, teach several classes, and work with technology in the classroom.
Senior Year—Student Teaching
In your final year, as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, you’ll do your “Student Teaching”—a full-time supervised student teaching semester in which you basically take over a class.
Partner School Districts
School districts working with our students include:
- Archdiocese of Philadelphia
- Bristol Borough
- Bristol Township
- Central Bucks
- Council Rock
- Mount Laurel
- New Hope-Solebury
- School District of Philadelphia
- and many, many more