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Special Education

Special Education
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Inspire and motivate exceptional students

DePaul’s Special Education degree program will prepare you to teach students with exceptionalities from kindergarten to age 21 in a variety of urban and suburban educational settings, including public and private schools.

By completing the bachelor’s in Special Education degree program, you’ll be eligible for the Illinois Learning and Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) license, provided you complete additional state requirements.

You’ll complete two lab-based courses in the Education and Counseling Center in the College of Education, one focused on reading, and one on math. In each course, you’ll work with a struggling learner from the community. You’ll also complete two field-based practicum courses (totaling 70 hours of field experience) with related seminars: one focused on learners with high incidence disabilities in an inclusive setting, and one focused on students with low incidence disabilities in a self-contained setting.

As a Special Education degree major, you’ll 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



  • Formal Assessment in Special Education
  • Classroom and Behavior Management
  • Collaboration in Schools
  • Exceptionality and Learning
  • Instruction and Differentiation
  • Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities
  • Teaching Literacy to Exceptional Students

Career Options

Common Career Areas

  • Teaching
  • Education policy
  • Private practice
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of College of Education graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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