Overview of Undergraduate Special Education Program
The Special Education Program at Baylor is guided by the overriding belief that, "All children can learn, if they are carefully taught." "Careful" instruction is understood in two ways: (1) instruction that is "full of care," i.e., provided in an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance; and (2) instruction that is "careful" in its attention to evidence-based practices, including assessment-driven instruction that produces learning success. Careful instruction can only be learned by experience coupled with supervision and feedback to guide the development of essential skills. Therefore, multiple and varied supervised field experiences are included throughout the special education course sequence.
Ideally, a special education teacher is distinguished by his/her caring attitude that celebrates individual differences and provides for those differences through "careful" planning, assessment, and instruction to make each learner successful. The undergraduate Special Education program seeks to attract candidates who want to strive for that ideal. As faculty, we pledge to support your journey as teacher candidates from start to finish.
A podcast from the Baylor Office of Career and Professional Development contains an interview with the Baylor coordinator of undergraduate special education highlighting the facts and advantages of pursuing a career in special education.