Special Education serves children and young adults with a variety of exceptionalities including learning disabilities, mild to moderate disabilities, behavioral disabilities, and cognitive disabilities. Students work as special educators in schools and program developers and directors in community-based systems.
Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers as:
Above all, BVU:
We value the work it takes for our teacher candidates to be well-prepared for their field, thus we engage in actual practice, professional learning communities, literature, and even research in order to hone our skills at the state, national, and international level. BVU’s excellent partnerships with community schools allows BVU students gain tremendous experience through their interactions with their mentor teachers. While most of our classes require a 10-hour field experience, many spend much more time on location because of these great relationships.
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Partner with exercise science students to host Unified Sports Day for special needs students and athletes.
Team up with computer science majors to develop virtual reality learning activities.
Use the SMARTBoard system to easily practice demonstrating new lessons.
The special education master's degree is also available as part of a unique program where students seeking a bachelor’s degree may choose to enroll in a "bachelor’s plus one" option. Enrolling in the program will lead to earning the master's degree within one year of completing undergraduate coursework, saving students time and money.
BVU’s Path to Post-Grad Success
There continues to be a high demand for special educators in the United States as mandatory services are emerging worldwide. This leads to more opportunities and settings for you.
BVU students are prepared to serve children with emotional/behavioral, and/or cognitive disabilities within community and hospital-based day and residential programs supporting academic and lifelong skills.
Students driven to serve and make a difference for students and families on a more individualized level are often drawn to this field at BVU. Our students have a strong sense of social justice, policy, and an even stronger desire to have a positive impact on the world.
The education core, which is required of all students seeking a teaching license, is the nucleus of the teacher education program and includes basic courses in education and psychology. Elementary education majors, students seeking secondary licensure, and Post Baccalaureate students are required to take all EDCO courses for a letter grade and to earn a minimum grade of “C-“ in each course.
Students pursuing K-12 Licensure (art, foreign language (Spanish education), music, PE) may take either EDCO 240 or EDCO 241, and EDCO 245 or EDCO 246. Each course includes learning related to the full span of age ranges; however, the focused range is different as indicated by the course title. The recommended path is to take one course focusing on school-age children (EDCO 240 or EDCO 245) and one course focusing on adolescents (EDCO 241 or EDCO 246). ESSI majors should take ESSI 102 and 103, instead of EDCO 303.
In addition to this, students who complete the ESSI major may elect to complete an area of specialization listed below or complete a minor with teaching licensure in a content area. These are completed in an internship model with assigned academic and field work.