Department Mission Statement
The Department of Special Education is a collaborative community of learners whose mission is to prepare educators who are agents of change on behalf of children and families. Graduates of the program will:
- Possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions of professional organizations like CEC, NAEYC
- Implement research based practices
- Advocate for equitable education of all children and adults in all setting across the lifespan
- Facilitate purposeful change on behalf of all persons with disabilities
- Value lifelong learning and reflective practice.
The College of Education and Professional Studies (COEPS) is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Department of Special Education is a collaborative community of learners whose specialty program is accredited by the Council for Exceptional Children.
The majority of graduates become teachers, with a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE). Early Childhood Education majors receive licensure for children birth to age 8. Students in the Cross Categorical program earn licensure for both middle childhood to early adolescence and early adolescence to adolescence (Grades 1-12).