With demand growing at an unprecedented rate, graduates with a degree in special education have a unique and important opportunity to use their education to educate children, adolescents and adults with developmental, learning or emotional disabilities. Designed for creative, passionate and patient students who have a desire to work in challenging settings, a career in special education will often provide rewards unseen in any other professional fields.
Elmhurst graduates in this field have an impressive job placement rate; 100% of our special education teacher candidates who graduated in May 2016 were employed before the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
The major leads to licensure as a Learning Behavior Specialist I and prepares candidates to teach students in kindergarten through high school with the following disabilities: autism, cognitive disability, emotional disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, and specific learning disabilities.
Special education teacher candidates are also prepared to teach with technology and use assistive technology in their field placements and student teaching with K-12 students. Upon entry into the program, the candidates receive their own iPad with required program-identified apps and tools loaded for use in course activities, assignments and field experiences.
All special education majors have the option of adding the English as a Second Language (ESL) or Bilingual Special Education Approval. Please contact Dr. Beverly Troiano for more information.
If you're interested in teaching young children with disabilities, you may be interested in majoring in Early Childhood Education, or you can add the Early Childhood Special Education Approval to your special education major. You can also add the Reading Teacher Endorsement.