Mercyhurst University

Education Bachelor of Arts

Early Childhood • Early Childhood/Special Education

Teach. Anyone. Anywhere.

Mercyhurst University is graduating teacher leaders who are impacting young minds around the world. Our graduates are ready to #TeachAnyoneAnywhere when they leave our gates. You can choose to major in early childhood education (PreK-4) to teach children at the elementary level, or in our dual-degree program in early childhood/special education (PreK-8), which will enable you to meet the needs of all learners, including students with special needs, in today’s diverse, 21st Century classrooms. Our program’s focus on evidence-based practice and clinical, hands-on experience sets us apart from other education programs. It’s our mission to develop educators who are intellectually and spiritually sensitive, as well as professionally and socially responsible. As future role models for our youth, we aim to create teachers who aim to help their students grow and develop. We teach our students to be effective educators, with the knowledge of the world, an understanding of human relationships, and a wide perspective encompassing the humanities, arts and sciences.

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You can become certified in English as a Second Language (ESL) by adding a six-course program to your undergraduate studies.

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Mercyhurst offers two Master of Science degrees in education — Secondary Education and Special Education — if your plan is to fulfill your PA teaching graduate degree requirements after graduation or later down the road.

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Our students can participate with the local Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), which connects students and young adults with disabilities with professional and social opportunities, like the region’s annual Special Olympics.

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Education majors in good academic standing can join the award-winning university chapter of the national honor society Kappa Delta Pi, where they can apply for special scholarships or get the opportunity to attend the KDP Annual Conference.

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Mercyhurst University has been ranked among the top 50 best colleges and universities in the area of education and teaching programs, according to a leading resource provider of higher education information, the Community for Accredited Online Schools. 

WHY EDUCATION?

We asked our students to tell us in five words or less why they love studying education.
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Developing children's love of learning!
Morgan Wangler
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Opportunities to teach anyone, anywhere.
Hailey Keating
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The opportunity to change lives. 
Derek Mattson
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Real-world experience with amazing professors.
Noel Blackhall
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To inspire generations of children.
Rebekah Craig


EDEC 101: Early Foundations
This introduction to the field of early childhood care and education focuses on a historical overview of the profession; developmental/learning theory and research; and the multifaceted factors that contribute to childhood development.

ESPE 203: Behavior Theories & Practices
Providing sufficient support to students with emotional and behavioral needs is the focus of this course, which culminates in a required clinical experience involving observation of students with special needs.

ESPE 305/306: Low Incidence Disabilities
Founded in research-based methodology, student-teachers learn how to work with students with severe disabilities and clinically apply those methods in a classroom to help enhance those students’ personal competencies and quality of life.

Experience and Outcomes

#myMUexperience - Morgan Wangler

Morgan took the Mercyhurst motto to heart from the first day she visited campus.

Meet the Faculty

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Alan Karns
Alan Karns
Director of Field Placement
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Dr. Kathleen Bukowski
Dr. Kathleen Bukowski, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
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Dr. Phillip J.  Belfiore
Dr. Phillip J. Belfiore, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education
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Gleck Williams
Gleck Williams
Adjust professor
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Leanne Roberts
Leanne Roberts, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Department Chair, Education Department Associate Dean, Hafenmaier School of Education and Behavioral Sciences
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Sarah Howorth
Sarah Howorth, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
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Susan D. Johnson, ABD
Susan D. Johnson, ABD
Assistant Professor of Special Education
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Timothy Frawley
Timothy Frawley, D.Ed.
Associate Professor
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Tom Kitchen
Tom Kitchen, MS, BCBA
Assistant Professor of Special Education - Mercyhurst University Director of Autism Support Initiative

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