Special Education

The Special Education program equips graduates to provide individually planned, systematically implemented, and carefully evaluated instruction for students with special needs; provide educational services to students with special needs in general classrooms, resource classrooms, and other educational settings; and help students with special needs achieve the greatest possible personal self-sufficiency and success in present and future environments.

Sample Occupations

  • Education
  • Special Education Teacher
  • K-12 Teacher
  • School Social Worker
  • School Administrator
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • College Administrator
  • Disability Services Coordinator
  • Social Services
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Counselor
  • Behavioral Specialist
  • Speech and Audio Therapist
  • Community Health Worker
  • Child Welfare Case Worker
  • Child Advocate
  • Patient Representative
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Music or Art Therapist
  • Nonprofit Director

Types of Employers

  • Schools/School Districts
  • Government
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Daycares & Preschools
  • Tutoring/Learning Centers
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Children’s Camps
  • Counseling Centers
  • Healthcare Organizations

Preparing for your career in

Education: Acquire appropriate certification for teaching in public schools; learn to work well with different types of people; gain experience working with a target population through mentoring, tutoring, or volunteering; join student chapters of national teaching organizations; obtain graduate degree for student affairs and administrative positions; research licensure requirements in other states; develop strong oral and written communication skills; become familiar with assistive technology

Social Services: Volunteer with an organization that provides counseling or social services to children and families; become familiar with the operational structures of government and nonprofit social service agencies; develop strong communication skills; supplement curriculum with courses in social work, sociology, or psychology; learn to work well with people from differing socioeconomic, racial, ethic and religious backgrounds; pursue graduate work and licensure in counseling or social work to become a therapist; develop a wide range of skills such as presenting, grant writing, and fundraising for nonprofit positions; participate in campus “alternative break” trips; work as a camp counselor during summers

How do I know if its right for me?

ASSESS: Take a career assessment, such as PathwayU, to see how your interests, values, and personality fit with majors and careers.

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