Special Education

Special Education

CUAA’s Special Education prepares teacher candidates to work with diverse groups of students with and without disabilities in a variety of school settings.

Why Study Special Education At CUAA?

  • Special Education is a teacher shortage area in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Highly qualified Special Education teachers are needed in all parts of our country!
  • You will have numerous clinical experiences in local classrooms which will prepare you for a rewarding career
  • You will receive a strong liberal arts education in a Christian setting
  • Our program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • You will prepare for a career in which you can make a difference in lives of many children and their families!

Program Facts

  • Average class size: 18-20 students
  • Years to complete:  4-5 years 

Program Overview

CUAA’s Special Education program includes a strong liberal arts foundation, a Christian emphasis, specialized coursework, and numerous field experiences working with children with disabilities.

Areas of emphasis:

  • Special Education has three different majors to choose from: a dual certification in Early Childhood Education (regular education and special education), a dual certification in Elementary/Middle Education (regular education and cross categorical special education) or a dual certification in Cross Categorical Special Education (middle childhood through early adolescence and early adolescence through adolescence)
  • All Special Education majors are dual major programs: no minor required! You can choose an education minor in another area if you want to expand your knowledge 

What You’ll Learn in the Special Education Program

Our program will teach you:

  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Students with Disabilities
  • Legal Requirements in Special Education
  • Assistive Technology for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Lesson and Unit Planning
  • Curriculum Adaptions for Learners with Disabilities
  • Progress Monitoring of All Learners
  • Classroom Management
  • Faith Development

Career Choices In Special Education

With a degree in Special Education you can find meaningful work in:

  • P-12 Schools- Private and Public
  • Profit and non-profit centers
  • Programs that serve students with special needs
  • Family childcare centers
  • After school programs

Concentrations

  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Cross-Categorical Special Education

Certification

Concordia’s Special Education program prepares you for Michigan teaching certification in one of three areas:

  • Dual certification in Early Childhood Education (regular and special education)
  • Dual certification in Elementary/Middle Education (regular education and cross-categorical special education), or
  • Dual certification in Cross-Categorical Special Education (middle childhood through early adolescence and early adolescence through adolescence)

These majors don’t require an additional minor.

Curriculum

Special Education students take core liberal arts courses, and education courses focusing on both regular and special education. See our course catalog for details.

Accreditation

Our program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 1-800-441-4563, www.dpi.state.wi.us

High School Prep Courses

  • English
  • Math
  • Social studies
  • Sciences
  • Writing

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