Careers and Outcomes

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Educating special needs populations

The pre-service teacher education curriculum in special education leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education. Holders of this special education certificate may be employed to teach in grades K-12 in cross categorical, as well as other special and general education settings. This cross-categorical classification is essential in many school settings since special education classrooms may consist of students with various degrees of ability. This degree prepares you to meet the needs of students with mild to moderate learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional disorders and physical and other health impairments who might need special attention in the classroom.

Recent reports have identified a critical shortage in qualified special education teachers, and those students pursuing either an elementary or secondary education major with certification in special education will be in high demand to meet the diverse learning needs of children and youth in today’s classrooms.