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Special Education

The Special Education major offers an opportunity for students desiring teacher certification to teach students with special needs. The Special Education major offers two different undergraduate certificate options; the first is an All-Level Special Education degree plan and prepares participants to teach only students with exceptional learning needs from early childhood through 12th grade. The second prepares participants to teach both general education to students in early childhood through sixth grade, and students with exceptional learning needs who spend the majority of the school day in a general classroom. Available courses include:

  • Literacy for Learners with Special Needs
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • The Developing Child
  • Exceptionalities
  • Applied Behavior Analysis

The Special Education program requires extensive field experiences in order to adequately prepare students for their careers as special education teachers. Beginning in the spring of their sophomore year, teaching candidates will complete a variety of classroom practice, from small groups to individual tutoring with students ranging from mild to severe learning disorders. In the final year of the degree program, Special Education majors will be placed full time in a school in Waco. Candidates are assigned to a special education mentor teacher and co-teach together with increasing responsibility in lesson planning and classroom teaching. In the final five weeks of both semesters, candidates will plan and teach independently while their performance is evaluated.

The Educational Psychology department offers a unique study abroad opportunity in Costa Rica every summer. Students take classes for course credit while working with students in several different schools.

For more information: Special Education

Students in this program begin as a pre-major. Learn more about pre-majors.


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