The Special Education program prepares students to work with individuals with special needs from kindergarten through age 21. Teacher candidates will demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application of skills during multiple supervised practicum teaching experiences within partnered schools before beginning their student teaching experience.

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Preparing to Make a Difference

Teacher candidates entering the Special Education K–12 program gain real-world preparation for their career through the following:

  • Obtaining excellent applied training in working with children with exceptionalities in the school setting grades K–12. 
  • Learning to access student needs using a variety of assessment tools
  • Gaining abilities and practice in planning and delivering instruction for a wide range of learners
  • Learning to collaborate with peers, mentors, parents, service providers, etc.
  • Receiving knowledge and training in preparation for graduate school in a variety of fields including occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, etc.

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Special Education K-12 Generalist have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

Highlighted Career Paths

Special Education Teacher

Teach Special Education from Kindergarten through 12th grade

Behavior Interventionist

Work with children to overcome behavioral challenges

Non-profit Agencies

Work for non-profit agencies that assist individuals with disabilities

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Getting started in this degree

Students will complete (33) credits of major-specific courses which can be found in the course catalog for this degree. To find out if a Special Education degree is right for you, take the following classes first:

  • CHILD210 - Child Development (3)
  • SPED310 - Exceptional Students: P-Grade 6 (3)
  • SPED360 - Diverse and Exceptional Students (2)


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