Special Education

Major Description

This license allows graduates to teach children ages 3 to 21 with any disability (e.g., learning disabilities, social or emotional disabilities, autism, intellectual disability, physical disabilities, multiple disabilities) in a range of educational settings. At the end of this 4-year program graduates exit with a Bachelor of Science and a LBSI initial teaching license.

Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • EDUC 201—Identity and Difference in Education
  • EDUC 202—Social Justice, School & Society
  • EPSY 201—Education Psychology
  • SPED 117—The Culture of Disability

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

This license allows graduates to teach children from pre-K to age 21 with any disability (e.g., learning disabilities, social or emotional disabilities, autism, intellectual disability, physical disabilities, multiple disabilities) in a range of educational settings.

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  • Ability to plan
  • Accepting of differences
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Communication with parents
  • Compassion
  • Creativity
  • Enjoy challenges
  • Good communication skills
  • Interact well with others
  • Knowledge of legal issues
  • Patience
  • Technology skills
  • Understanding
  • Variety of teaching techniques
  • Well organized
  • Work in variety of settings
  • Work with groups
  • Work with students individually
  • Adapted PE Teacher
  • Autism Center Mgr-Teacher
  • Child Psychologist
  • Critical Needs Teacher
  • Day-Care Center Owner
  • Educational Advocate
  • Language/Audiologist
  • Rehab Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Teacher - Adult Education

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:
  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Epsilon Delta Professional Teaching Organization: informs and involves future teachers in the changing field of education.
    • Student Education Association: provides pre-professional educational development for future teachers.
    • The Minority Association of Future Educators (MAFE): mission is to provide a support network for underrepresented students seeking to become professional educators and to address the educational needs of children, with an emphasis on children from underrepresented groups.
Further Information:

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Special Education.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Special Education.  These organizations include Council for Exceptional ChildrenInternational Association of Special Education and National Association of Special Education Teachers.