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, teacher candidates have field-based experiences with students, teachers and administrators. Special education teacher candidates earn a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education. They will complete requirements for K-12 endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorder or Cognitive Impairment, and become eligible for certification as a general education teacher.
Elementary Special Education majors are required to develop a foundation in English, integrated 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.