​The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education will prepare you to teach students with exceptionalities in kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of urban and suburban educational settings, including public and private schools.

By completing the Special Education program, you will be eligible for the Illinois Learning and Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) license, provided you complete additional state requirements.

As a Special Education major, you will learn to:

  • Apply specific strategies needed to teach exceptional learners  
  • Consult and co-teach in general education inclusion classrooms
  • Modify content for exceptional learners in reading, math, natural and social sciences
  • Teach small groups of exceptional students in a resource room
  • Teach students with more significant disabilities in a self-contained classroom

Courses in the Special Education curriculum include:

  • Assessing exceptional learners
  • Classroom and behavior management
  • Collaborating with parents and professionals
  • How exceptional students learn
  • Teaching reading, math and the natural and social sciences
  • Teaching strategies and differentiated instruction
  • Teaching students with significant disabilities
  • Transitional and vocational planning

Students entering the program must be able and willing to devote themselves to a program requiring a minimum of 140 hours of field experience. Students should expect to spend 80 hours of evening field hours in the Education and Counseling Center, and 60 hours of daytime field experience in schools.  These school-based clinical hours are completed in conjunction with methodology courses that require students to spend a half-day each week in a school.  In addition, the student must spend a minimum of 16 weeks in full-time student teaching.

Please make sure you consult the Liberal Studies Requirements, Major Requirements, and College Core Requirements for full degree requirements.

Licensure

This program leads to Illinois licensure in special education (Learning and Behavior Specialist 1)

Liberal Studies Requirements   80 hours
​Major Requirements 108 hours
​Open Electives      4 hours
   ​Total hours required    192 hours