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Department of Special Education

The Department of Special Education is a vibrant department of dedicated faculty members with a wealth of educational experiences. Our goal is to prepare exemplary teachers, innovative school leaders and educational researchers.

Almost every classroom today has a number of students who have a disability, whether it be physical, intellectual, emotional or any combination of the three. The special education department offers programs designed to develop and refine competencies in professional educators to meet the demands of teaching students with special needs in a variety of school environments, including public, private, urban and suburban.


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Dr. Cheryl George, professor of special education at saint joseph's university

Faculty members bring extensive experience in inclusive education, assistive technology, behavior analysis and more.

Department News


Classroom experience is essential to the growth and development of students pursuing teaching certification. So when schools moved online as a result of the pandemic, the School of Health Studies and Education leveraged new partnerships and technologies to ensure a smooth transition to the virtual education landscape.

I loved accommodating instruction to meet the needs of all students in the classroom. During my four years at Saint Joseph’s, I had a field placement every semester where I was involved in elementary classrooms and special education settings for various grade levels at different types of schools near campus.”

Stephanie Crispell '20

special education teacher, AIM Academy

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