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Includes Certification in Special Education Collaborative Teacher K-6 and 6-12

Every child should receive an education. That's why, we offer a curriculum for Collaborative Teacher Special Education that leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Collaborative Teacher Special Education. When you successfully complete the program, you will be certified by the Alabama State Department of Education to teach in an elementary, middle or high school in Alabama, or in any state with which Alabama has a reciprocity agreement. You will hold a certificate that allows you to be employed to teach grades K-6 and/or 6-12. 

Detailed curriculum information can be found in the catalog.


  • Introduction to Collaborative Teaching in Special Education: Overview of theory, methodology, and skills used by special educators in their interactions with students, parents/ families, school and agency personnel for service delivery to students with disabilities
  • Behavior Management in the Classroom: Classroom management theories, techniques, trends and skills necessary to help the educator effectively deal with a broad range of behavior problems that may be encountered in the classroom
  • Communication Skills for Exceptional Learners: Assessment and remediation procedures for language arts/literacy skills and methods to augment communication skills including assistive technology
  • Introduction to Special Education: Introduction to characteristics of and programs for children and youth with disabilities
  • Assessment and Diagnosis in Special Education: Diagnosis, assessment, and interpretation of data and the decision-making process relative to what constitutes an appropriate educational program for individuals with disabilities
  • Educational Programming for Low Incidence Disabilities: Educational programming, assistive technology, and school health procedures for students with moderate or severe disabilities.
  • Teachers and the Law: Study of the law, ethics, advocacy and professional skills needed to work with individuals with disabilities
  • Methods for Teaching Special Education K-12: Instructional methodology, curriculum modifications, accommodations and transition strategies needed for educators working with students with disabilities
  • Transition Planning (6 – 12 certification only): Curriculum modification, transition planning and collaboration/coordination of services from early childhood through adulthood for individuals with disabilities.
  • Special Education Field Experiences: Candidates go into the schools and work with teachers and students to learn how to teach and gain real-world experience with students with disabilities

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society: The Sigma Psi chapter of Kappa Delta Pi promotes educational excellence and fellowship among those dedicated to teaching
  • Black Belt Teacher Corps: A classroom-to-career placement program that provides scholarships to prepare future educators in the Julia S. Tutwiler College for instructional and teacher leadership roles in the Black Belt region of Alabama
  • The Center for Rural Education: The focus of the center is to address the unique learning needs of students in rural settings in P-12 and higher education through a variety of programs, collaboration and networking initiatives, professional development and place-based learning
  • University Charter School: A rural, diverse K-12 school that prepares education majors to implement individual learning pathways that will provide a rigorous and integrated Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STREAM) curriculum with a focus on project-based and place-based learning
  • Campus School: A training facility for students enrolled in the Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education that provides opportunities to work with children ages 6-weeks through five-years old

Career Preparation

  • Candidates holding this degree can work in school settings, facilities for children with severe disabilities, and in camps and enrichment programs. Job placement rates are high.
  • Salaries are dependent upon the school system. Advanced degrees increase salaries and can place an individual in a position for promotion.

Contact Information

College of Education:  Contact Dr. Kimberly Griffith at 205-652-3753

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