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Special Education

Program(s) Available: B.S.Ed., Minor

Are you dedicated to helping individuals with learning, developmental or cognitive disabilities? Are you a compassionate person who loves seeing people improve? Special education majors learn how to advocate for their students and develop individualized curriculum plans.

Why Study Special Education at Northwest

Special education majors at Northwest are eligible to teach special education students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, first through sixth grades and any other places where needed. 

Students explore the characteristics of children with cognitive disabilities to determine appropriate evidence-based teaching strategies. Special education majors also learn how to collaborate with other teachers to best meet the needs of their students.  

Pick your path

Special Education B.S.Ed.

A Bachelor of Science in special education is available at Northwest. View the 4-year plan or catalog for courses and more information.

Special education 4-YEAR PLAN (B.S.Ed.)

Minor Program

Did you know you also can minor in special education? This 18-credit-hour program provides undergraduate students with coursework on instructional practices to support the achievement of students with disabilities in inclusive environments.

Career ready
Elementary education

“The campus has a lot to offer. There is always something going on and organizations help broaden your horizon. You may not know your niche now, but getting involved will help you figure out what you want to do and where you belong. ” — Lauren Russell

Career Opportunities

  • Special education teacher
  • Applied behavior analyst
  • Early intervention specialist
  • Education writer
  • Special education advocate

What Can I Do With a Major in Special Education?

Learn to teach at our on-campus school

Students in the special education program benefit from the Horace Mann Laboratory School. This facility offers clinical teaching environments on the Northwest campus for students to gain profession-based learning opportunities and skills!

Learn to teach at our on-campus school

Gain skills in early childhood

At The Phyllis and Richard Leet Center, students and staff collaborate with children, families, teachers and faculty to advance their understanding of early childhood research, best practices and educational innovation. 

Gain skills in early childhood
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