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.
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.
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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Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.