Jun 01, 2023  
Permanent Working Catalog 
Permanent Working Catalog

Special Education, BS

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This major is administered by the area of Education  in the School of Education . Additional policies for this major are available at this link.
Teacher Certification:
Option A: Cross-Categorical Special Education - grades Kindergarten-12th grade - Does not include 4-year old kindergarten.
Option B: Early Childhood Special Education - grades birth-3rd grade.
Option C: certifications in both.
Note: a 2.75 GPA in the major and overall GPA is required for student teaching.
After you have completed 24 credits, apply for admission to the Professional Education Program. For a list of the admission criteria, see this section .



The United States Department of Education requires institutions that provide distance education to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Following is this disclosure information for this program:

The requirements of this program meet Certification/Licensure in the following states:


The requirements of this program do not meet Certification/Licensure in the following states:

Not applicable

The requirements of this program have not been determined if they meet Certification/Licensure in the following states:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming; District of Columbia; American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Special Education Program, you will be able to: 

  1. Design safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments for students with exceptionalities. 
  2. Use knowledge of curricula to individualize learning for students with exceptionalities. 
  3. Use multiple methods of assessment and data-sources in making educational decisions for students with exceptionalities.  
  4. Select and adapt evidence-based instructional strategies to individualize learning for students with exceptionalities. 
  5. Demonstrate strategies for engagement with those who support students with disabilities, including families, other educators, related service providers, and community agencies.

Consists of 68 credits.

Note: Required courses marked ** below have Math prerequisites. Depending on your placement score, additional courses may be required.

Option B: ECSE Birth-3rd Grade

Option C - take both Option A and Option B listed above


See the Student Teaching  section of this catalog for additional licensing requirements.

State teacher licensing rules may change at any time due to legislative or licensing changes.

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