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 electing the special education major will fulfill a 24-credit concentration in special education rather than education concentrations in English, history, math, or science. 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

      EdD, Northcentral University - Arizona

      MS, University of Houston - Clear Lake

      BA, Boston College

    • Joan Flagg-Williams

      Assistant Professor of Education

      Assistant Professor of Education

      PhD, University of Connecticut

      MEd, University of New Hampshire

      BA, Goucher College

    • Thomas Hancock

      Assistant Professor of Education

      EdD, Nova Southeastern University

      MS, New Hampshire College

      BS, Husson College

    Kathleen Clements

    Assistant Professor of Education, Chair

    EdD, Northcentral University - Arizona

    MS, University of Houston - Clear Lake

    BA, Boston College

    Joan Flagg-Williams

    Assistant Professor of Education

    Assistant Professor of Education

    PhD, University of Connecticut

    MEd, University of New Hampshire

    BA, Goucher College

    Thomas Hancock

    Assistant Professor of Education

    EdD, Nova Southeastern University

    MS, New Hampshire College

    BS, Husson College