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Bloomsburg University's Department of Exceptionality Programs offers several options for undergraduate and graduate study, including ample opportunities for classroom and field-based study through partnerships with area schools, intermediate units and organizations.
Exceptional youth pose a unique range of academic and social challenges to teachers, who in turn play a critical role in the challenged learner’s ability to integrate into the classroom. Through the College of Education's Conceptual Framework vision, the Department of Exceptionality Programs develops students into transforming educators who not only effectively manage constant change but also meet the individualized needs of their future students.
- American Sign Language/English Interpreting
- Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (M.S.)
- Special Education: K-8/Early Childhood PK-4 (Dual Certification)
- Special Education (M.S./M.Ed.)
The McDowell Influence
BU's McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support was established to prepare future educators to become fluent in comprehension and application of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The McDowell Institute is focused on cultivating excellence in future educators by strategically infusing a MTSS framework reflecting the principles and associated practices of Positive Behavior Support within pre-service educators’ coursework and practicum experiences.
The Challenge — more than 60 percent of first-time teachers say they’re not sufficiently prepared to face the challenge of addressing the social and emotional needs of today's students in tandem with achieving academic learning outcomes, according to the U. S. Department of Education.
A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework is increasingly implemented and sustained in school systems throughout the United States to promote academic and behavioral success for ALL students. Application of MTSS is an essential element in pre-service and in-service professional development in schools.