Major in Special Education at Holy Family University

Education, Concentration in Pre K-4/Special Education Pre K-12, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Education with a concentration in Pre K-4/Special Education Pre K-12 enables students to become certified to teach all courses from Pre K-4 (nursery/age three) through fourth grade (age nine).

Program Overview

The Special Education Pre K-12 concentration provides students with the skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities in multiple settings.

Program Details

Graduates who hold a Special Education certificate are qualified to render diagnostic, prescriptive, and education services designed within an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to serve students having one or more disabilities. They may also assist in writing the IEP for the identified students, provide appropriate modification to curricula, and provide instructional support as outlined in the IEP.

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. Our field experiences include the following features:

  • Opportunities for observation, teaching, and tutoring at Alpha House, our early learning center located right on the Northeast campus
  • Field placements arranged for you by our Field Experience Office in a wide variety of settings, including public, private, urban, and suburban schools
  • Experienced cooperating teachers and supervisors for junior-level practicum and student teaching
  • University supervisors who provide regular feedback, coaching, and mentoring
  • Class field trips to apply coursework in school settings

Career Paths

Graduates who hold a certificate for Grades Pre K-4 are qualified to teach foundational subject matter content in the areas of language, literacy (including foundations of reading), math, science, social studies, arts/humanities, and motor development/health. They may also teach developmental reading in pre-kindergarten through Grade 4.

Internships & Employment

School districts working with our students and employing our graduates include:

  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Bensalem
  • Bristol Borough
  • Bristol Township
  • Centennial
  • Central Bucks
  • Cinnaminson
  • Council Rock
  • Mount Laurel
  • Neshaminy
  • New Hope-Solebury
  • Pennsauken
  • Pennsbury
  • School District of Philadelphia  


Program Information

Degree Awarded
  • Bachelor of Arts
Program Type
  • Major
Program Location
  • Main Campus - Northeast Philadelphia

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