School of Education

Special Education Degree

Education Bachelor's Degree Program

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 earning a bachelor’s degree in special education work as special educators in schools and program developers and directors in community-based systems.

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Why should I earn a special education degree?


Gain the skills necessary to give your students the opportunity to grow.


Ask any special ed teacher – there will be challenges, but the connections you form with your students are worth every bump in the road. 

In Demand

As programs grow, so does the demand for teachers with this important skill set. 

What Can I Do With a Special Education Degree

  • Special education teacher
  • Special education specialist

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Why study special education at BVU?

Never Alone

Partner with exercise science majors to host Unified Sports Day for special needs children. Collaborate with computer science students to develop virtual reality learning activities. From teamwork with your fellow students to advice from our supportive, experienced faculty, this is a journey you won’t have to take alone.


Through BVU’s partnerships with local schools, you will receive field experience in almost every class you take, and—with a quality degree in special education from BVU—you can not only pursue special education teaching but also program directing and developing in a variety of settings.

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The Right Tools to Help Students

Education Students Visit Assistive Technology Center

Students from the Student Chapter of Council for Exceptional Children organization traveled to the Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research. They spent hours learning about assistive technology which can help learners with reading, writing, organization, note-taking, math challenges, and resourcing skills. Learning about this assistive technology can be helpful for students with multiple needs (such as dyslexia) and increase their learning and engagement in the classroom. 



Hybrid Learning

You can earn your bachelor’s degree in special education without leaving your community. Hybrid courses combine the benefit of live ​video instruction with the convenience of online learning. In addition to a weekly class, hybrid students complete their coursework online and receive personalized advisement from local BVU site staff.

Special Education Courses and Areas of Specialization

Students may elect to complete an area of specialization in special education (listed below) or complete a minor with teaching licensure in a content area. These specializations are completed in an internship model with assigned academic and field work.

Autism Spectrum Disorders  |  Emotional and Behavioral Disorders  |  Intellectual Disabilities  |  Learning Disabilities  |  Multiple Disabilities  |  Physical Disabilities

  • Major in Special Education (58 Credit Hours, with Education Core 73 Credit Hours)

Transfer to BVU

BVU has transfer agreements with Iowa’s community colleges, helping you get the most out of your hard-earned credits.

Contact an academic advisor at 712.749.1000 to see how your credits will transfer.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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Special Education Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future in Iowa and beyond.

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most — if not all — of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your special education, teaching English as a second language, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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