If you have a passion to work with children of all academic abilities, our Bachelor of Arts in Special Education is ideal for you. Graduates are qualified to become special education teachers for grades kindergarten through 12.
As a special education major, you'll learn the skills essential to working with exceptional students - one-on-one or in general, inclusion and resource classroom settings. In addition, the bachelor's in special education gives you the knowledge, leadership skills and experience to make a difference in the classroom.
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SNHU'S BA in Special Education offers many distinct advantages, including:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your BA in Special Education at SNHU include:
There's a critical shortage of professional special education teachers in districts throughout the country. Special education teaching opportunities are expected to grow by 6% in the next decade according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher's license or endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
In addition to meeting all degree requirements, students seeking certification must meet all testing requirements for their specific certification area as required by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Students will not be recommended for certification until all requirements are met.
SNHU requires a passing score on the Praxis II Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Exam for students seeking a recommendation for certification in General Special Education, even if the exam is not otherwise required by the NH Department of Education.
The program for children with disabilities prepares New Hampshire based students for eligibility for teaching certification for grades K-12 in General Special Education. Teachers with this certification are qualified to teach children with disabilities in all settings.
Students study issues and legislation related to the best teaching and learning practices for students with disabilities. You'll learn traditional, innovative and research-based approaches that support the instructional and transitional needs of students with disabilities. Coursework includes a combination of core education theory and special education concentration classes.
SNHU's bachelor's in special education program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
This course considers how family and culture influence child development including family structures, sibling relationships, parenting behaviors, children's special needs, family violence, diversity in educational settings and the relations between family and community. Students explore their own and other's cultural influences through the lens of diverse cultural perspectives. The challenges faced by children and families from a variety of cultures and socio-economic backgrounds including communication, interaction, education, and societal norms will be examined from the role of the practitioner. Research informs student projects in which a particular aspect of culture is studied in depth. Ten hours of field experience is included.
This course surveys and focuses on child growth and development from birth through the life cycle. Theories pertinent to individual stages are provided and the sociological, cultural and psychological aspects of human growth and development are included. An overview of all developmental stages will be covered.
This course give students an overview of American education including history, philosophy and current issues. It will introduce students to strategies for creating a learning environment that support student learning.
This course will introduce students to classroom structures that support differentiated instruction and other research-based approaches for effective teaching. Topics include lesson planning and reflection, state standards and grade level expectations, small group and whole group instruction, and assessment tools strategies.
This course will investigate the role that problem solving plays in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Students will learn strategies for assessing their own formal and informal problem solving strategies, as well as strategies for developing those same skills with students in the elementary grades. Mathematical content is investigated through a pedagogical perspective.
This basic course for classroom teachers explores various techniques necessary for designing and implementing authentic measures to assess successful student learning.
The course will examine several major theoretical perspectives on literacy development from K through 4th grade. Students will explore and create literacy environments that encourage the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking in the early elementary classroom. Students will also learn a variety of effective strategies for the instruction and assessment of reading and writing in the early elementary classroom. Differentiating instruction to meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and with special needs will be integrated into the course content.
This course is a study of mathematics taught in grades K-6 and the current methods for teaching this content. Extensive experience with manipulative materials is provided. Field experiences are required.
In this course students will study the history, pedagogy and techniques for teaching English Language Learners. Methods and approaches used to teach in culturally diverse classrooms will be examined. This course will enable students to facilitate the modification of the content and the scaffolding of learning for English Language Learners.
This course focuses on the relationship between literature written for children and young adolescents, and the development of competence in writing, speaking, and listening. The course provides a thorough overview of multiple genres of literature for children and young adolescents. The course examines principles of literacy learning in children and introduces theories, practices, and materials for teaching writing in elementary grades. Many ways to teach writing are included such as writing development, research on writing, curriculum development, methods of teaching writing, models for responding to and evaluating student writing, and classroom methods for teaching the writing process in elementary classrooms. Strategies for teaching writing, and literature to all children in a multi-cultural setting will be emphasized.
In this course, students study effective practices that support the development of reading comprehension and writing strategies for accessing information across content area subjects in grades 4-8. The course focuses on the strategies that enable students read and write about non-fiction. Students will also examine ways to address the particular needs of students with diverse language, cultural and learning requirements using the applications of strategic reading and writing.
This course focuses on the attributes of struggling readers and writers, on diagnosing difficulties and developing literacy intervention plans. Students do a case study by performing a literacy diagnosis of one struggling student, developing an intervention plan and beginning its implementation.
This course develops students' knowledge and skill with technology with the ultimate aim of using technology to enhance student learning and achievement. This course also introduces students to learning target (standards/outcomes) and a general model of curriculum development, implementation and assessment.
All teacher education majors seeking certification will participate in 16 weeks of full-time practice teaching at nearby schools. During the 16 weeks, the student teacher receives close and continuous supervision and guidance from teaching personnel at the school and by a member of the Southern New Hampshire University faculty. This course also includes seminars at the university.
Students will examine the personal, physical, social and academic issues related to programming for children with disabilities. An emphasis is placed on practical aspects of behaviors associated with a child's disability and the importance of the classroom environment. This course also addresses the history of Special Education, as well as current trends and research. This is the foundation course for certification or licensure as a General Special Education Teacher Grades K-12. Federal and state legislation will be reviewed, including NH State Standards for Children with Disabilities, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Students will describe the similarities and differences in human development of students with and without disabilities within and across cognitive, social, emotional, and physical areas. Students will become familiar with the purposes and procedures for developing and implementing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) from referral to completion. Students will be expected to clearly define roles and responsibilities of personnel with the school as well as identify strategies engaging parents in the IEP process.
This course is designed to help educators become more knowledgeable about why research-based, structured instructional strategies are necessary for teaching students of diverse abilities. The overall goals are to introduce the scientific rationales and specific instructional methods to ensure students with special needs have access to the core curriculum in all settings. Special emphasis will be on developing accommodations and modifications to access the science and social studies curriculum.
This course will examine processes for differentiating instruction to maximize learning by creating different learning experiences in response to students' varied needs. Special Education, English Learners, and cultural and linguistic diversity will be covered.
This course is the first of two full-time student teaching experiences required for undergraduate students seeking teacher certification. Students spend four days each week in a NH public school under the mentorship of a certified teacher for one full semester. During this time, the student teacher receives close and continuous supervision and guidance from teaching personnel at the school and by a member of Southern New Hampshire University faculty. This course also includes seminars at the university. Acceptance to Student Teaching is required.
Total Credits: 120
Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.
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