Earn a Special Education degree at Holy Family University

Education, Pre K-12 Education, Certification in Special Education, B.A.

The Special Education program equips teachers with a deep understanding of the sociocultural context of education, high-impact instructional practices and empirically supported, preventative approaches to providing equitable education to children with disabilities.

What Can I Do with this Degree?

Students in our Certification in Special Education program develop instructional strategies for working with students who have mild to severe disabilities and English language learners. 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.


Program Details

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

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
  • Hatboro/Horsham
  • Independence Mission
  • MaST Community Charter
  • Mount Laurel
  • Neshaminy
  • New Hope-Solebury
  • Pennsauken
  • Pennsbury
  • School District of Philadelphia

Tuition & Fees

Program Information

Degree Awarded
  • Bachelor of Arts
Program Type
  • Certification
  • Major
Program Location
  • Main Campus - Northeast Philadelphia
Required Credit Hours

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Alumni Profile

Jessica Ulmos '19

Jessica Ulmos '19

Holy Family University is more than just a school. Everyone is so nice and accepting; it's like being part of a family. I chose Holy Family University because its Education program really prepares you to become a teacher and makes you feel comfortable going out in the field. Special Education appealed to me because I wanted to help kids with special needs. Everyone deserves a great education and I want to give these children what they deserve. I was inspired to my career path by a movie about twin boys born with autism and their mom's journey as an advocate. My work at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children was another source of inspiration as I loved meeting and playing with all the kids.

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