DePaul’s bachelor’s degree in Special Education 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 Special Education program, you will be eligible for the Illinois Learning and Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) license, provided you complete additional state requirements.
Students in this program 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, students work with a struggling learner from the community. Students 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 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
- 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