Prepare for Success
A graduate degree in special education is ideal for people who have compassion and a desire to help those with special needs. A graduate degree places the student in leadership and decision-making roles. An undergraduate degree in education or a similar field is required for the special education program.
Your First Year
The coursework and practicum in the program will help prepare or further your knowledge of working with students with special needs. The main program focus in on mild to moderate disabilities and includes an emphasis on learning disabilities, mental conditions or other disabling conditions that require special equipment, materials and teaching procedures.
Special education teachers design and teach appropriate curricula and assign work geared toward each student’s needs and abilities. This includes behavioral, social, and academic development as well as preparing special education students for daily life beyond school also is an important aspect of the job.
A graduate degree in special education prepares you for a rewarding career providing services to those with special needs or training others to work with students with special needs.
Opportunities to focus on other areas such as low incidence, Autism or Consulting teacher are available as well depending on the student interest and program funding.