Special Education, BS

Bachelor of Science
Special Education  

Special Education at Greenville University

Prepare to make a difference by teaching students with disabilities in kindergarten through grade 12. Learn diagnostic and teaching methods for curriculum and classroom management, skills for communicating with colleagues and parents, and how to teach in diverse classrooms.

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Behavior specialist
Earn your bachelor of science degree and your LBS-1 (Learning Behavior Specialist-1) Licensure at the same time.
Job opportunities

When the 2020-2021 school year started, Illinois had a total of 741 openings in special education. Of these, 595 of them are Special Education LBSI (Learning Behavior).

99% pass rate on edTPA

GU education students have a 99% pass rate on the edTPA, a high-stakes test required in the State of Illinois for licensure.

Why GU


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


Complete double licensure requirements for special education and elementary education in a four-year bachelor's degree program. Double licensure allows teachers to work with students from pre-K to age 21 in diverse settings providing a wide range of opportunities. 


Character education. Earn nationally recognized certification in character education from Character Plus and learn to educate the whole child.


Faith-based. Learn to incorporate your faith into both your studies and your career. 

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Special Education, BS Success Story

Success Stories

Where do I even start? Being in the classroom early and often made me so much more comfortable when I stepped into my first classroom! I felt I left Greenville with a toolbox of amazing strategies and best practices in many different areas! I also can't thank the education department members for being our biggest fans! You were always there to push us to be our best, but in a way that we knew, we were loved and cared for. I definitely had some challenges along the way and wouldn't be in a classroom today if it wasn't for the amazing professors in the education department. The example set by the professors as both educators and people is what I try to strive to be both in and out of the classroom!

-Brunner Cothern, special education major

Special Education, BS Course Requirements

Visit the Online Undergraduate Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.

A Special Education major requires the completion of 103-111 hours and leads to a bachelor of science degree.

*For the authoritative source on academic requirements and courses, please consult the academic catalog.