SVSU’s special education program provides a supervised teaching experience in the first year of enrollment, allowing you to experience teaching before enrolling in Education courses. Prior to student teaching, students have field-based experiences with students, teachers and administrators. Special education students earn a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education. Students will complete requirements for K-12 endorsement in Cognitive Impairments, Emotional Impairments, or Autism Spectrum Disorders, and become eligible for certification as a general education teacher.
Elementary Special Education majors are required to develop a foundation in English, natural science, mathematics, and social studies, in addition to education courses. Secondary Special Education majors must complete professional studies requirements and choose either an approved major available for secondary certification; or complete two minors from the list of minors available for secondary certification.
The College of Education is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has been cited by NCATE for exemplary practice. SVSU is approved as a teacher preparation institution by action of the State Board of Education. The special education program is accredited by the Council for Exceptional Children and the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID) for the adapted physical education program.