Exceptional students need exceptional teachers

It takes a special person with a special passion to help individuals with special needs gain the opportunities they deserve in life. In this program, you can expect to be challenged and feel fulfilled as you take coursework and engage in real-life experiences. Choose from one of three distinct majors: early childhood special and general education, K-9 general education and K-12 cross categorical special education, or K-12 cross categorical special education.


All courses offered face-to-face on main campus.

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The average undergraduate student award is $16,603.

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Program Overview

The special education program has a strong liberal arts foundation with a Christian emphasis. Education coursework and fieldwork experiences begin freshman year. It offers a public education track, a Lutheran teacher diploma track for students wishing to pursue education as an LCMS church work professional, and a Christian teacher certification track for students wishing to pursue education in another Christian school setting. This program may be pursued as a special education major only, leading to K-12 certification in cross categorical special education or as a dual major combining special education and general education. Dual majors are available at the early childhood and elementary/middle school levels. The special education program is accredited and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  Job openings in this field are plentiful, as this is a high-need certification area nationally.

What to Expect

In addition to coursework, you’ll experience firsthand the blessing and challenge of working with special needs children in an actual, real-world setting. You’ll be grounded in a deep understanding of child and adolescent development in mind, body, and spirit, as well as the range of exceptionalities. You’ll work to master content knowledge in addition to a wide range of instructional strategies and learner accommodations. You’ll develop skills in classroom management, curricular design and assessment, and engagement and collaboration with other educators and school stakeholders.

Students who desire licensure in another state must contact their state department of education for details about whether or not this coursework will meet state requirements.

Concentrations / Specializations

The special education concentration may be taken with the Elementary Education Major (Grades K-9), the Early Childhood/Elementary Major, and the Secondary Major.

Total credits for concentration: 12 credits above the education and core requirements.

Please ask your advisor or program coordinator for a list of required courses.


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