Bachelor of Science in Special Education
The special education major meets a critical need across all 50 states for more teachers of children with disabilities. Upon completing this degree, students will be certified to teach mildly disabled children in grades K-8 and consult with teachers, children, and parents.
Students can become certified in both elementary education and special education by the addition of one semester of schooling to complete student teaching in both areas. New regulations require special educators to not only collaborate with general education teachers, but to provide content instruction that is academically demanding and pedagogically sound. Therefore, the dual training provides greater accountability for the special educator.
At a Glance
- Rigorous curriculum and on-site classroom experience ensures that students are prepared to handle the particular demands of special education.
- Students can earn dual certification in special education and elementary education, making them more desirable hires to future employers.
Students majoring in special education will take a series of courses designed to ensure that they are competent special educators. This sequence will lead to the “highly qualified status” required of the No Child Left Behind legislation for special educators. Please note, a grade of “C” or above is required for all education courses. A student receiving a grade below “C” will be required to retake the course.
Full-time student teaching is the culminating event for seniors in education. This experience provides an extensive on-site, 15-week opportunity to work with a certified special educator and practice the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom setting.