Bachelor of Science in Special Education

  • Overview

    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.
  • Curriculum

    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.

  • Some of our faculty
    • Kathleen Clements

      Assistant Professor of Education, Chair, Director of Teacher Education

      EdD, Northcentral University, Arizona
      MS, University of Houston, Clear Lake
      BA, Boston College

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    • Thomas Hancock

      EdD, Nova Southeastern University
      MS, New Hampshire College
      BS, Husson College

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    • Joan Flagg-Williams

      Associate Professor of Education

      PhD, University of Connecticut
      MEd, University of New Hampshire
      BA, Goucher College

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    Kathleen Clements

    Assistant Professor of Education, Chair, Director of Teacher Education

    EdD, Northcentral University, Arizona
    MS, University of Houston, Clear Lake
    BA, Boston College

    Learn more about Kassy

    Thomas Hancock

    EdD, Nova Southeastern University
    MS, New Hampshire College
    BS, Husson College

    Learn more about Tom

    Joan Flagg-Williams

    Associate Professor of Education

    PhD, University of Connecticut
    MEd, University of New Hampshire
    BA, Goucher College

    Learn more about Joan

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    • Ashley Hussey

      Class of 2017

      “The best thing about being a special education major and the education program is the experience that you get in the classroom through practicums and internships. They very much prepare us for student teaching and for becoming a teacher.”

    • Michaela Lothrop

      Class of 2018

      “Special education chose me. I wanted to work with children who were misunderstood, or cast aside because they were not like other students. I hope in my career to help parents understand their child's learning challenges and deficits and help fellow teachers bridge the learning gaps within their inclusionary rooms.”

    • Natalie Landry

      Class of 2018

      “What makes the special education program at SJC different from other schools is that the professors not only teach us how to teach, but the difference between a quality teacher. The students who graduate from the program do more than just teacher, but invest in their students. I’m proud to go to SJC! ”