Special Education Major

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Special Education Major Overview

A Bachelor of Science in special education prepares you for a career teaching students with disabilities in kindergarten through grade 12. You'll be prepared for the culturally diverse classroom and understand the diagnostic and teaching methods with which to meet the curriculum and classroom management needs for students with disabilities. In addition, a degree in special education will prepare you to communicate those needs and achievements to colleagues and parents.

 With the Special Education degree at Greenville University, you’ll learn how to:

  • Assess disabilities and understand how those disabilities impact the cognitive, physical, emotional, social and communication development of an individual.
  • Design Individual Education Plans for students with disabilities that are compliant with Illinois state regulations.
  • Receive an Illinois Teaching license that covers all of the mild to moderate educational disabilities.

Why earn your degree in Special Education at Greenville University? 

Job Placement. At Greenville University, our School of Education graduates have a 90% job placement rate working within the field of Education within the first year of graduation.

Accreditation. Our School of Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

 Behavior Specialist. Earn your LBS-1 (Learning Behavior Specialist-1) Licensure. 

Character Education. Students in the School of Education at Greenville University receive a nationally recognized certification in Character Education from Character Plus, preparing them to educate the whole child.

 Licensure Exams. Students at Greenville currently have a 99% pass rate on the edTPA, a high stakes test required in the State of Illinois for Licensure.

What are your career opportunities as a Special Education major?


There are several careers available for those with a Special Education degree from Greenville University, and these are just some of the potential career opportunities.

Special Education Teacher
Early Intervention Specialist
Special Education Advocate

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