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Bachelor of Science in Education in:

Special Education

The Special Education Department offers certification programs in both Special Education (dual with Pre K-4, 4-8, or secondary education) and Visual Impairment areas.

Bachelor of Science in Education - Special Education

One of the areas of education consistently in high demand is special education. Teacher candidates in this area must be creative, adaptable, and patient as they are tasked with the awesome responsibility of teaching those with emotional, learning, mental, and physical disabilities. The program includes a broad range of courses that address the instruction of children and youth in both mainstream and special education settings. Teacher candidates who wish to focus in special education work toward a major and certification in either elementary or secondary education, becoming dual certified to teach in special education settings for grades PreK-8 or 7-12.

Bachelor of Science in Education - Special Education: Visual Impairment

KU is one of only six institutions in the U.S. to offer a program focused on preparing teachers of visually impaired persons. In most scenarios, such a teacher plays a central role in the life of students and families, as they work to help build necessary skills, and to create adaptations that enable students to have the richest possible educational experiences.  Teacher candidates who wish to focus in visual impairment work toward a major and certification in either elementary or secondary education, becoming dual certified to teach visually impaired persons from birth to age 21.

Bachelor of Science in Education - Special Education: Non-Certification Program

Service to those with emotional, learning, mental, and physical disabilities is the focus of the opportunity presented by the Special Education non-certification program. Whether you wish to work in a non-school setting like a community center, social services agency, hospital, camp, or group home this program provides the foundational understanding of how this population learns and interacts with the world. This program compliments areas of study such as: anthropology, business, crafts, music, psychology, sociology, social work, Spanish, or studio art.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Minor

This program provides specialized training at the undergraduate level for pre-service teachers who aspire to support students with autism spectrum disorders. Candidates successfully completing this program are also eligible to receive the Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement Certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Education after receiving a Level I instructional certificate.

These programs are taught by the Department of Special Education.

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Transfer Education Admission Requirement

For transfers with 48 or More Credits
Teaching is a profession that requires selective admission procedures and rigorous course of study.  Transfers with less than 48 credits must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA from all institutions previously attended.  Transfers with 48 or more credits must be admitted into teacher candidacy in order to be admitted into the education major.

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