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Special Education Programs Grades K-12

Post-Baccalaureate courses are designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university and would like to become a teacher.

All Special Education programs have identical coursework except the student teaching course. Each program area requires student teaching within the identified special education disability. It is important for special education teachers to know about all disabilities.

  • Cross-Categorical
    Cross-categorical classrooms include students with a variety of disabilities, generally more mild in nature. This is the most common special education classroom in K-12 schools.
  • Emotional Disabilities
    This category of disability includes students with severe emotional disturbances.
  • Learning Disabilities
    Learning disabilities refers to a neurobiological disorder related to differences in how one's brain works or is structured. This brain variance affects a person's ability to speak, listen, read, write, spell, reason, organize information or do mathematics.
  • Mental Retardation (Intellectual Disabilities)
    Include students that exhibit sub-average general intellectual functioning which exist concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior, and manifesting itself within the developmental period.
  • Orthopedic Impairments
    Involve impairments of the skeletal and muscular system.