Top 20 Bachelors in Special Education Degree Programs

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Data and information for our rankings are derived from the National Center for Education, official college and university websites, and other college ranking sites like U.S. News & World Report

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A degree in Special Education leads to one of the most rewarding and fulfilling career paths an individual can walk. More than anything, children with disabilities need strong, patient, and intelligent teachers who can teach them to communicate, not only with others, but with themselves. Special education teachers work very closely with their pupils and their pupil’s parents to created individualized education plans that best suit the child or young adult. They do not simply teach a curriculum, but they act as a behavioral and emotional counselor, guiding their students through their complex thought processes and perspectives of the world and other people, which is often times racked with anxiety. Professionals in this field must be flexible in their schedules and their teaching styles, as one child will differ vastly from another in their specific needs.

Although the job outlook under the Bureau of Labor Statistics is not as high as some other career paths, special ed. teachers will always be needed, as there will always be children with special needs. Also, with more certifications, an individual may find a broader amount of options.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

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Program Standouts:
This highly involved curriculum involves a large amount of field work and produces well-informed, highly skilled graduates that are in demand among a great many school systems throughout the United States. Vanderbilt University’s Department of Special Education is routinely ranked as one of the best programs in the country and allows students to focus their degree in a path of their choosing while also maintaining a solid foundation in general special education.

Campus Location: Nashville, TN

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Tuition and Fees:

  • $44,542 full tuition
  • $14,328 per year—Room and Board
  • $1,370 per year—Books
  • $2,730 per year—miscellaneous expenses and fees

Financial Aid: Scholarships, loans, need and merit based gifts, grants, work-study, academic interest/achievement awards

Acceptance Rate: 13.1%

Admission Considerations:
Students in this program graduated in the top 10% of their high school class. SAT scores of admitted applicants are around an average of 1310. The Admissions Department looks closely at extracurriculars as well as rigor of secondary school record, GPA, standardized testing scores, and personal essays.

Concentrations:

  • Mild and Moderate Disabilities
  • Multiple and Severe Disabilities
  • Visual Impairment

Students may also combine the special education major with other Peabody majors such as Human and Organizational Development, Child Development, and Cognitive Studies, as well as with majors in the College of Arts and Science.

Course Flexibility:
The field experience component is essential to your program of study. Your field experiences will address a range of ages and disability levels including children and/or adults with intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, visual impairment, and/or severe/multiple disabilities.

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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA (online)

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Program Standouts:
In this online program offered the University of Georgia students are trained in the education of children with mild to moderate disabilities ages Pre-K through 12th grade. Once graduated, alumni are qualified for certification in the state of Georgia as well as other provinces in the U.S.

Campus Location: Athens, GA

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Tuition and Fees:

  • $4,682 per semester—Georgia resident
  • $13,787 per semester—non-resident
  • $591 per semester—fees

Financial Aid: Grants, scholarships, and student loans

Acceptance Rate: 54.7%

Admission Considerations:
Students must demonstrate a certain amount of field experience and hold at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA from their secondary school. There are also prerequisite courses that are needed to gain entry into the program, which also require at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must list references and submit personal essays outlining what they hope to achieve in this program.

Concentrations:

  • Special Education General Curriculum

Course Flexibility:
This program was designed to accommodate students with inflexible schedules and a need to earn a degree on their own time, rather than conforming to a rigid, on-campus class schedule. There are two required campus visits throughout the 4 year program, and class loads get heavier and more rigorous as the program progresses.

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS-URBANA CHAMPAIGN

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Program Standouts:
Operating within a strong mission of public service, research, and teaching, graduates accumulate a massive amount of volunteer hours and community service. This teaching method prepares students to enter the work force with experience already under their belt and educated individuals with disabilities ages 5-21.

Campus Location: Champaign, IL

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Tuition and Fees:

  • $12,036 per year—Illinois residents
  • $27,196 per year—non-residents
  • $28,026 per year—international students
  • $3,590 per year—campus fees
  • $11,010 per year—room and board
  • $1,200 per year—books and supplies
  • $2,500 per year—miscellaneous expenses

Financial Aid: Scholarships, waivers, loans, and grants; no need-based financial aid available to international students.

Acceptance Rate: 62%

Admission Considerations:
An applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5, a minimum of 50 hours of prior experience with individuals with disabilities1, and sophomore or higher standing upon enrollment in the program.

Concentrations:

  • Special Education General Curriculum

Course Flexibility:
Although there are no specialty areas, students may focus their degree in specific areas by choosing from the offered list of requirements. Students are required many hours of experience with disabled individuals prior to entry into the program as well as within the program.

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GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY (on-campus & online)

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Program Standouts:
There are two very exciting aspects of Grand Canyon University’s bachelor of science in special education program. The College of Education offers a dual degree in elementary education and special education, allowing students a broader spectrum of education career opportunities; during senior year, students are required to complete a full year in a special education teaching position!

Campus Location: Phoenix, AZ

Accreditation:

Tuition and Fees:

  • $435 per credit hour—on-campus students
  • $465 per credit hour—online students

For more information about GCU tuition and fees, click HERE!

Financial Aid: Scholarships, grants, work-study, and many different loan options.

Acceptance Rate: 37%

Admission Considerations:
All students of all backgrounds are welcome to apply to GCU’s program. There are no GRE scores or entrance exams required.

Concentrations:

  • Special Education General Curriculum
  • Dual Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education—designed for students who wish to become an elementary special education teacher

Course Flexibility:
These programs are offered both in online and on-campus capacities. Students who wish to continue professional lives uninterrupted, particularly during the required year in a teaching position, may choose the online format so as to maintain a more flexible schedule.

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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

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Program Standouts:
Students in the special education program at Ohio State University are encouraged to join Kappa Phi Kappa a national professional co-ed fraternity in education devoted to the professional development of its members through activities and opportunities, making members aware of career opportunities in education, informing interested members about the education programs at Ohio State.

Campus Location: Columbus, OH

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; National Council

Tuition and Fees:

  • $10,037 per year—Ohio resident
  • $26,537 per year—non-resident
  • $11,666 per year—room and board
  • $7,140 per year—miscellaneous fees

Financial Aid: Grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study.

Acceptance Rate: 55.5%

Admission Considerations:
Students applying to the special education program at Ohio State University must display experience with individuals with disabilities as well as a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited institution. High school students interested in special education should complete a college preparatory program and develop good writ- ten and oral communication skills.

Concentrations:

  • Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist (K–12 license)
  • Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist (K–12 license)
  • Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (pre-K–3 license)

Course Flexibility:
Throughout the program, students are required to fulfill hours of community service and experience with individuals with disabilities. The three focus areas allow students to focus their degree in the areas in which they are most interested.

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WESTERN GOVERNORS UNIVERSITY (online)

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Program Standouts:
According to their website, “WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure, a testament to the fact that WGU graduates ‘have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.'”

Campus Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Tuition and Fees:
The faster students can complete their degree at WGU, the cheaper the tuition will be.

  • $2,890 per 6 month term
  • $145 per 6 month term—resource fee
  • $65 one time—application fee
  • $1,000 one time—demonstration teaching fee

Financial Aid: Scholarships, tuition assistance, part-time programs for military, grants, federal loans, federal work-study

Acceptance Rate: unavailable

Admission Considerations:
Students applying to WGU must interview with an enrollment counselor; they must have earned a high school diploma or GED; must submit transcripts from prior college experience and all work experience. Students who are seeking initial teacher licensure must also pass a state-specific basic skills test for the state in which they live as a prerequisite to Demonstration Teaching (student teaching).

Concentrations:

  • Special Education K-12 for Mild to Moderate Disabilities—In some states, the program will lead to dual licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education.

Course Flexibility:
As an online university, all programs at WGU are designed to fit the schedule of each student. Students should be prepared to spend at least 20 hours a week on school work, but may choose when and where to complete their coursework.

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PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

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Program Standouts:
The PennState College of Education breaks their undergraduate degree program down in Competency Clusters: 13 core areas of focus that train graduates in the crucial different areas of the education of children and young adults with disabilities, such as, Diagnosis and Identification of Relevant Characteristics of Learners, Parent Involvement, Behavior Management, and Task Analysis.

Campus Location: State College, PA

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Tuition and Fees:

  • $691 per credit hour—part-time tuition (Pennsylvania resident)
  • $1,230 per credit hour—part-time tuition (non-resident)

Financial Aid: Loans, grants, scholarships, employment

Acceptance Rate: 54.8%

Admission Considerations:
For information about PennState admission requirements, click HERE!

Concentrations:

  • Language and Literacy Education leading to certification as a Reading Specialist

Course Flexibility:
Following the direction of the Competency Clusters, all students in this special education program receive a solid foundation in not only the education of children with disabilities, but in building individualized educational programs and working with parents as well. Choosing electives, students may also manipulate the direction of their own program toward their specific goals.

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LESLEY UNIVERSITY

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Program Standouts:
Students in Lesley University’s special education program double major in special education as well as another liberal arts discipline to complement their education degree. Graduates will be prepared to approach the construction of individual programs, techniques, and analyses to approach the education of individuals with disabilities.

Campus Location: Cambridge, MA

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges; Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Tuition and Fees:

  • $555 per credit hour
  • $4,830 per semester—room and board
  • $40 per semesters—registration fee
  • $125 per semester—activity fee

Financial Aid: Scholarships, grants, loans, discounts, study abroad funding, Yellow Ribbon Program (for veterans and dependents)

Acceptance Rate: 66%

Admission Considerations:
Applicants to Lesley University must submit high school transcripts and are typically near the top of their class. Upon consideration, students must complete a interview and submit advanced placement scores, standardized test scores, and teacher recommendations.

Concentrations:

  • Early Care and Education
  • Early Intervention
  • Explorations in the Reggio Emilia Approach
  • Mathematics Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Individually Designed Specializations

Liberal Arts Majors available for dual-major:

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Political Science
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Global Studies: Politics, Culture, and Society
  • History

Course Flexibility:
Students in this impressive program learn a to cater to specific individuals with disabilities by building specific curriculums and using learned techniques. The multiple concentration areas and additional major requirements really allow students to complete a degree that follows their own future education career goals with disabled children.

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY (online)

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Program Standouts:
This online bachelor of science special education in interdisciplinary studies gives students the opportunity to earn a degree that will allow them a more broad set of career options. Liberty University gives a Christian perspective on educational programs for students with the desire to apply Christian mores and lessons to their education curriculums.

Campus Location: Lynchburg, VA

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Tuition and Fees:

  • $435 per credit hour—part time
  • $375 per credit hour—full time

Financial Aid: Outside scholarships, grants, loans, payment plans, public service discounts

Acceptance Rate: 22%

Admission Considerations:
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Concentrations:

  • Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies

Course Flexibility:
Apart from being fully online, the program provides theories and methodology of Christian education that will assist those who will work in Christian schools, churches, and the home. Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible for a teaching certificate from the Association of Christian Schools International.

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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

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Program Standouts:
Offering five specialization areas in special education, the Department of Special Education at the University of Utah gives students the opportunity to focus on their own specific career goals. This demanding curriculum also involves an entire semester of teaching disabled students during students’ senior year. Needless to say, graduates have the tools, techniques, and foundation of understanding to give the best education possible.

Campus Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Tuition and Fees:

  • $1,121.29 per credit hour (tuition and fees)—Utah resident
  • $3,223.39 per credit hour (tuition and fees)—non-resident

Financial Aid: Scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, employment, payment plans

Acceptance Rate: 81.7%

Admission Considerations:
Admission requires completion of 40 semester credit hours of university course work; three letters of recommendation; a written (two-page) professional statement; official college and university transcripts, and current Praxis Core Academic Skills Test for Educators scores.

Concentrations:

  • Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Severe Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Visual Impairments
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Course Flexibility:
Students may focus their curriculum in one of five specialization areas, and there are mandatory field hours to be completed throughout the semesters at UU. This highly involved program demands time and dedication from determined students, and graduate with recommendations and channels into careers and job placements.

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UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD

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Program Standouts:
The University of Hartford offers a rigorous elementary and special education integrated degree program, in which students earn eligibility for certification in the education of children with and without disabilities. The advantages of this degree allow students to create individually designed programs for children with many different needs in the same classroom.

Campus Location: West Hartford, CT

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Tuition and Fees:

  • $31,804 per year

Financial Aid: Family Tuition Remission Program, Veterans benefits

Acceptance Rate: 71.1%

Admission Considerations:
Applicants to the University of Hartford’s degree program must: be a graduate of, or student who will be graduated from, an accredited secondary school, or have passed a state secondary school equivalency examination; complete and submit an application form and the application fee; submit an official transcript of the secondary school record and official college transcripts (if any); submit official SAT or ACT test results; are encouraged (but not required) to schedule a personal interview and attend a group information session.

Concentrations:

  • Integrated Elementary and Special Education

Course Flexibility:
This program is intended for students who wish to gain licensure in working with children with and without special needs, either in the same classroom or individually. There is a large amount of field work and experience as an instructor within a classroom involved for graduation from this program; students must be well disciplined and prepared for this intensive yet rewarding program.

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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (online)

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Program Standouts:
In this degree program, students can choose to gain licensure by attending practicums on campus and completing a teacher position over the course of a semester. Students who are no seeking licensure do not have to attend on campus events or complete the teacher candidacy.

Campus Location: Hattiesburg, MS

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Tuition and Fees:

  • $7,224 per year—Mississippi resident
  • $16,094 per year—non-resident

Financial Aid: To calculate Financial Aid eligibility, click HERE!

Acceptance Rate: 64.7%

Admission Considerations:
Students planning to enter the university as freshmen must complete the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) listed below and submit a composite ACT or combined SAT (verbal/quantitative) score.

Concentrations:

  • Special Education General Curriculum (Licensure)

Course Flexibility:
Students seeking special education teacher licensure are required to attend either the Hattiesburg or Gulf Coast campuses to complete on-site practicum several times throughout junior and senior year. Student who are NOT seeking licensure are never required to visit campus.

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NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

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Program Standouts:
Focusing specifically on the needs of children ages birth-6, NYU offers two degree programs that focus on early childhood education and development of children with and without disabilities. Choosing one of these two strong degrees gives students the knowledge and skill to connect with students with many different needs and issues to address.

Campus Location: New York, NY

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education; Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Tuition and Fees:

  • $21,873 per term ($1,289 per unit)
  • $1,212 per term—registration and services fee

Financial Aid: Federal, alternative, and private loans; student employment

Acceptance Rate: 35%

Admission Considerations:
Applicants to this highly competitive university must submit standardized testing scores and are typically in the top 15% of their graduating class. Students must submit references and whatever applicable accomplishments as well as complete interviews before being considered for admission.

Concentrations:

  • Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-Grade 2)
  • Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education (Grades 1-6)

Course Flexibility:
Graduates from one of these two programs are eligible for dual certification in working with both children with and without disabilities. As a result, NYU graduates are highly sought after for their skill, knowledge, and experience. From freshman to senior year, students are deeply involved within the community, working directly with people.

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NORTHCENTRAL UNIVERSITY (online)

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Program Standouts:
Giving students the opportunity to learn multiple paths to educating young children, Northcentral University’s online bachelor degree educates students in building curriculums for groups of students in a number of areas, or creating individualized education plans for children with special needs.

Campus Location: Prescott Valley, AZ

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Tuition and Fees:

  • $432 per credit hour
  • $350 one time—learning management fee

Financial Aid: Federal student aid, grants, scholarships, multiple Veterans benefits and tuition options for military

Acceptance Rate: unavailable

Admission Considerations:
Students should feel confident that they meet the admissions requirements of your program, are comfortable working with technology and have the necessary technical equipment to learn online at NCU, and are prepared to get their previous transcripts evaluated to ensure they get the adequate credit for prior learning.

Concentrations:

  • Special Education General Curriculum

Course Flexibility:
Northcentral is entirely online, allowing students with professional and personal lives, as well as active military, to fit a rigorous academic program into their busy schedules. Online programs are not lacking in coursework and are just as challenging as on-campus programs.

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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TWIN CITIES

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Program Standouts:
This intensive program prepares students to work with children and young adults with moderate to severe disabilities. Graduates will have the foundational understanding and skill to create individual education programs for students with such afflictions as autism, emotional/behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, and many more.

Campus Location: Minneapolis, MN

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Tuition and Fees:

  • $13,626 per year (tuition and fees)—Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, Wisconsin residents
  • $20,876 per year (tuition and fees)—non-residents

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Financial Aid: Four Year Graduation Guarantee Program, every credit after 13 is free of charge, grants, scholarships, loans, work study

Acceptance Rate: 44.4%

Admission Considerations:
Primary factors for admission to the University of Minnesota include: coursework through high school graduation (admitted students typically exceed the University’s high school requirements); grade point average; class rank (if available); ACT or SAT scores.

Concentrations:

  • Special Education General Curriculum—the program leads to an Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) teaching license.

Course Flexibility:
This program gives students endless opportunities to find connections with community members and disabled children in volunteer and teaching positions. This incredibly affordable degree program also gives students the opportunity to choose and age grouping and severity of affliction with which to work.

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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI

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Program Standouts:
Offering several plans of action, students at the University of Central Missouri direct the flow of their curriculum in a manner which conforms to their own personal interests and career goals. Able to work with children with mild to severe disabilities, graduates are much needed all over the world.

Campus Location: Warrensburg, MO

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Tuition and Fees:

  • $213.15 per credit hour—Missouri resident
  • $426.30 per credit hour—non-resident
  • $3,197.25 per year—instructional fee
  • $284.25 per year—general fees

Financial Aid: Scholarships, grants, loans, tuition assistance

Acceptance Rate: 80%

Admission Considerations:
Admission of a first-year student is based on a combination of ACT/SAT score, class rank and GPA. To be admitted to UCM, students need to have completed the 24-unit Missouri college preparatory curriculum and have a high school GPA of 2.0 In addition, you need either: a score of 21 or higher on the ACT or 990 on the SAT, or a Combined Percentile Index equal to or exceeding 100.

Concentrations:

  • Cross-Categorical
  • Severe Developmental Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Special Education

Course Flexibility:
Students choose a focus area in which to direct their studies and may choose which age group of children they wish to work with. And further, within each specialization area, students have the opportunity to personalize their individual curriculums.

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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

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Program Standouts:
According to their website, “UF’s College of Education was ranked #5 in ‘top schools for graduate programs in special education.’ We promote the successful inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families in society through excellence in the education of teachers and leaders, learning new skills, and the application of existing knowledge.”

Campus Location: Gainesville, FL

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Tuition and Fees:

  • $6,310 per term—tuition and fees

Financial Aid: Florida Bright Futures, grants, scholarships, loans, employment, State of Florida Programs, other aid

Acceptance Rate: 39%

Admission Considerations:
Undergraduate applicants who wish to pursue study in special education need to apply for admission to the Unified Elementary ProTeach program. This degree is part of the Unified Early Childhood ProTeach program. Only applicants seeking admission to this program are eligible for admission.

Concentrations:

  • Special Education General Curriculum
  • Integrated Bachelors and Masters degree programs

Course Flexibility:
Students in our programs are uniquely positioned to learn from leaders in the field while simultaneously applying that learning in individually relevant professional settings.

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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

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Program Standouts:
In the University of Oregon’s College of Education, students may align their academic curriculum along their specific interests in one of the specialization areas of special education. Whether students are interested in working directly with families, students, individuals, or full classes, graduates are prepared to enter the work force with a strong educational background.

Campus Location: Eugene, OR

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Tuition and Fees:

  • $10,287 per year—Oregon residents
  • $32,022 per year—non-residents
  • $11,430 per year—housing
  • $1,068 per year—books and supplies
  • $2,382 per year—personal expenses

Financial Aid: Grants, loans, work-study, scholarships, PathwayOregon, tuition equity

Acceptance Rate: 73.9%

Admission Considerations:
Applicants to this program must have graduated from a standard or accredited high school, earned a C– or better in 15 college preparatory courses, submit your official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and an application essay.

Concentrations:

  • Communication Disorders and Sciences
  • Family and Human Services
  • Educational Foundation

Course Flexibility:
In this degree program, students graduate with a toolbox full of different skills such as using signed language, teaching multiple individuals with disabilities, counseling families with children in juvenile justice system, and much more.

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EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY (on-campus & online)

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Program Standouts:
At East Carolina University, students may choose to focus on working with students with moderate disabilities who are pursuing high school graduation, or individuals with severe disabilities who are not pursuing a high school diploma and who instead require more individualized attention and counseling.

Campus Location: Greenville, NC

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Tuition and Fees:
For information about East Carolina’s Tuition and Fees, click HERE!

Financial Aid: Federal, state, and institutional aid programs, grants, scholarships, and loans

Acceptance Rate: 73.4%

Admission Considerations:
Admitted students must have completed the core prerequisites for the program, as well as submit high school transcripts, standardized test scores, application fees, and personal essays.

Concentrations:

  • Special Education General Curriculum
  • Special Education Adapted Curriculum

Course Flexibility:
In this program, students may choose an on-campus or online method of delivery, either of which are viable options depending on a student’s personal schedule availability. General and adapted curriculums allow students to focus on different age groups and severity of disabilities.

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STEPHEN F. AUSTIN UNIVERSITY (on-campus & online

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Program Standouts:
Stephen F. Austin University offers an online and on-campus program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education that prepares students to work with students between young children with special needs. The university also provides students to connect with community members and working directly with disabled children through the Student Council for Exceptional Children, a non-profit providing support to children and families with special needs.

Campus Location: Nacogdoches, TX

Accreditation: Southern Association of Schools and Colleges; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; National Council for Teacher Education

Tuition and Fees:

  • $22,904 full tuition—Texas resident
  • $34,484 full tuition—non-resident

Financial Aid: Grants, loans, scholarships, work-study, Veterans benefits

Acceptance Rate: 55.6%

Admission Considerations:
Applicants to this program must submit standardized test results, complete the application as well as submit the application fee; students are typically at the top of their class and must complete certain prerequisites to be eligible for consideration.

Concentrations:

  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education

Course Flexibility:
Students in this program may choose on-campus classes or an online method of delivery, depending on their availability an best learning process. Online classes allow students to make their own schedule, while on-campus programs allow for more interaction between peers and professors and on-campus opportunities.

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