About the Program
Special Education meets the unique needs of individuals with disabilities by preparing professionals with the knowledge, disposition and skills necessary to effectively serve individuals with diverse needs. The undergraduate program is based on an inquiry framework that emphasizes (a) creating connections between subject matter knowledge and teaching, (b) valuing the diverse characteristics of students and the ability to address the needs of all students, and (c) understanding the contextual aspects of teaching (e.g., the organizational and policy context).
The program links courses with field experiences in partner school and non-school settings. Particular attention is given to specialized skills to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities - serving students in various school and community settings; developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs); using assistive technology; and developing instructional material and environmental modifications. All of these competencies are beyond the knowledge required for general educators.
A dual licensure major, Special Education: Mild Intervention and Elementary Education, graduate is qualified to teach children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities, including children with high functioning autism, at the preschool through grade 12 levels, P-12 and Elementary Education kindergarten through grade 6 levels, K-6. Four strands run through and guide the program: diversity, technology, field experience and performance assessment, including the use of electronic portfolios. The Special Education/Elementary Education Plan of Study outlines the required courses to complete the degree for licensure.
For more information about the degree program, visit the COE Office of Advising and Recruiting. For teacher licensure information, visit the Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure.