Special Education Major

Description: A general program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to children or adults with special learning needs or disabilities, and that may prepare individuals to function as special education teachers. Includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies. Is Special Education the right major for you?
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Special Education Major

What Kinds of Students Major in Special Education?

In this major, many individuals in this field will be presented the challenge of educating students with significant learning disabilities. Students in this major have a high desire to help students, children and adults, who require special attention and increased levels of support in order to become productive citizens. There is a high demand for qualified teachers in this area.

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What Courses Do Special Education Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for Special Education majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • Moderate/Severe Disabilities
  • Assessment in Special Education
  • Assistive Technology
  • Behavior Management
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  • Human Development and Learning
  • Issues in Special Populations
  • Mild/Moderate Disabilities