Our Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education with Initial License degree will provide you with the teaching capabilities to help those with various disabilities. This empowering program helps you foster a more inclusive classroom where everyone, regardless of learning ability, has a fair educational experience taught by a dedicated and trained educator. Gain the skills to make an impact in special education settings that are inclusive, pullout, or self-contained.
This degree is offered by AU Midwest.
This program prepares teacher candidates to work with students who have specialized needs. Choose from two options:
The Mild to Moderate program provides the skills and knowledge for teacher candidates to work with students who have specialized needs in mild to moderate disability categories, such as Specific Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Asperger Syndrome, and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders.
The Moderate to Intensive program allows teacher candidates to work with students who have specialized needs in moderate to intensive disability categories, such as Severe Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Severe Emotional or Behavioral Disorders, and Multiple Disabilities.
This program features:
- Cohort model
- Classes held in the evenings, twice a week
- Flexible field observations during the first 3 semesters
- Year-long clinical experience
Required Courses (60 credits):
- Introduction to the Teaching Profession
- Foundations of Education
- Child Development & Learning
- Foundations of Reading Instruction
- Differentiation & Lesson Planning for Special Education
- Special Education Assessment & IEP Writing
- Reading Assessment
- Transition & Advocacy in Special Education
- Assistive & Educational Technology
- Introduction to Exceptional Children
- Special Education Laws & Regulations
- Classroom Environments & Behavior Management
- Integrated Instructional Methods for Special Education
- Content Literacy
- Clinical I: Internship
- Clinical II: Student Teaching & Seminar
For detailed curriculum, degree requirements, and course descriptions, please visit the AUM catalog.
The BS in Special Education with Initial License qualifies you to work with students who have challenging behavioral, emotional, and academic learning needs, supporting students in Mild to Moderate, or Moderate to Intensive disability categories. Special Education professionals have abundant future employment opportunities in K-12 schools, county programs, and private facilities.