Elementary Education & Special Education Major

Towson University’s elementary and special education major offers dual certification that brings together innovative study and hands-on experiences. Get the knowledge and skills you need to be a highly effective educator.

Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education (EESE)?

The field of special education is rapidly changing. There is a critical need for teachers who can meet the cognitive, behavioral, social, emotional, linguistic and cultural needs of all children in the classroom.

This specially designed major provides the opportunity to become certified in both elementary education (1-6) and special education (1-8). This degree prepares you to be an elementary classroom teacher or an elementary/middle special education teacher.

This comprehensive program offers:

  • innovative and dynamic course work that helps you develop successful instruction and classroom management strategies
  • transformative, real-world experiences through internship placements, offered in multiple school districts throughout the state of Maryland
  • experienced faculty-mentors committed to your success
  • a supportive cohort of fellow Towson University students studying elementary education-special education
  • collaborative partnerships with families, communities and agencies

The Center for Professional Practice connects students to field placements and clinical internships. Both provide students a rich and diverse experience in various content areas, classes, grades and schools.

Admission and Degree Requirements

Admission to the elementary education and special education major is selective. Students must meet the university’s requirements for admission to the professional education program and to the internship. View admission requirements for the major.

You can view degree requirements for the elementary education and special education major in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Pre-EESE Majors (Last names A-L) Libby Wynkoop

Pre-EESE Majors (Last names M-Z)  Gina Laupert 410-704-4984
EESE Juniors Michelle Pasko

EESE Seniors (Last names A-L) Libby Wynkoop

EESE Seniors (Last names A-L) Gina Laupert


Why TOWSON University?

Program Advantages

  • Towson University’s long history and reputation as an excellent teacher training institution
  • programs accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Maryland State Department of Education
  • professional development and networking opportunities with alumni in the field through social media and on-campus programs
  • interaction with diverse populations during service-learning activities with students and families
  • technology-rich coursework and internship experiences

Earn Your Degree at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland

Students in northeastern Maryland can obtain a bachelor’s degree in elementary education-special education at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland (TUNE), located on the Harford Community College campus. Earn your bachelor’s degree without leaving Harford County. Read more about undergraduate programs at TUNE, or email program coordinator Toni Guidi,

Towson University and the Universities at Shady Grove

Earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education through the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), located in Montgomery County, Md. Read more about undergraduate programs at USG