• Elementary Education 02
  • Special Education Collaborative Teacher K-6/6-12

    Special education teachers are professionals trained in helping students who may have physical, mental, or psychological disabilities. Federal and state laws mandate that every student with a disability, regardless of that disability's nature, is entitled to an adequate education.

    To become a special education teacher, teacher candidates must complete a degree program that prepares them to work with special-needs children. This includes classroom training, coursework and completing proper teacher certification.

    Completing a special education program provides teacher candidates with the skills and training they need to educate children with special needs, ranging from students with mild learning disabilities to those with severe mental and physical retardation.

    A degree in this field can open many opportunities for employment. Opportunities for employment for special education majors include but are not limited to work in school settings, employment in facilities for children with severe disabilities, and work in camps and enrichment programs.

  • Program Requirements

    Professional Education Component: 28 hours

    • ED 300. Introduction to Teaching and Learning (3)
    • ED 333. Reading Methods Secondary/P-12 (3)
    • ED 400. Measurement and Assessment (3) *
    • ED 405. Technology and Education (3)
    • ED 408. Technology Portfolio (1) *
    • SE 400. Introduction to Special Education (3)
    • ED 409. Internship, Pre-School through Grade Twelve (12) *

    Teaching Field Requirements: 34 hours
    • ED 335. Field Experiences P/12 I (1)
    • ED 336. Field Experiences P/12 II (1)
    • ED 435. Field Experiences P-12 III (1) *
    • ED 436. Field Experiences P-12 IV (1) *
    • EE 300. Effective Teaching and Learning (3)
    • EP 400. Educational Psychology (3)
    • PE 250. First Aid and CPR Professional Rescuer-AED (1)
    • SE 301. Introduction to Collaborative Teaching in Special Education (3)
    • SE 303. Behavior Management in the Classroom (3)
    • SE 305. Communication Skills for Exceptional Learners (3)
    • SE 401. Assessment and Diagnosis in Special Education (3)
    • SE 402. Educational Programming for Low Incidence Disabilities (3)
    • SE 405. Teachers and the Law (3)
    • SE 451. Methods for Teaching Special Education K-6 (3) *
    • SE 452. Transition Planning (3)

    Note(s):  *Must be unconditionally admitted to the Teacher Education program in order to enroll in these courses.

    * Students receiving this dual certification cannot teach high school core subjects unless they have a major in the core area.