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Special Education

The need for teachers who have a foundation in special education has expanded over the last decade. The bachelor of science degree in special education prepares professionals who value the unique characteristics of students with a range of cognitive, physical, and emotional abilities.

The major targets the creation of individual, age, linguistic, physical, social, and culturally appropriate educational environments that support and nurture positive developmental outcomes. The special education certification prepares individuals to teach in a variety of Pre-K to 12th-grade settings while learning to work cooperatively with families and other professionals.

Graduates prepared with a bachelor of science degree in special education know how to plan and implement instruction and demonstrate effective classroom adaptations. Numerous opportunities to practice skills in authentic settings and, observe in various environments are provided.

Early Childhood Special Education

Real World Experiences

Classroom experiences give you school-based observation and participation each semester. There’s simply no better preparation for future teachers than real world experience. Observing how students react to different styles of instruction and learning how to adjust in response, will prepare you for a successful career in education.

  • Field experiences begin the first semester
  • Pre-student teaching placements
  • 14 weeks of student teaching last semester

College Catalog

View or download the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.


Develop an additional focus of study to help expand your resume by completing another minor.

Real World Experience

From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.

Study Abroad

Explore our study abroad programs and discover a world of opportunities that are sure to be the highlight of your college years.


Working with a faculty mentor conducting research enriches the learning process and creates positive lifelong attributes.

Civic Engagement

Engage in civic-based projects and service-learning experiences and make a positive difference in the greater community.


Internships and field experiences give students the chance to learn through hands-on experiences beyond the classroom.

Faculty Profiles

Prall, Jeanie, MS
Prall, Jeanie, MS

Instructor and Program Director of Middle & Secondary Education and Accelerated Programs

Shanks-McElroy, Heather, PhD
Shanks-McElroy, Heather, PhD

Professor of Education, Program Director for ECE, Child and Family Studies and Graduate Program – ECE Leadership

Arcangelo, Karen, PhD, NCSP
Arcangelo, Karen, PhD, NCSP

Chair of the Education Department, Associate Professor and Program Director of Early Childhood Education/Special Education, and Faculty Coordinator of Adult and Online Learning

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