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Special Education (BS)

DePaul’s bachelor’s degree in Special Education program will prepare you to teach students with exceptionalities from kindergarten to age 21 in a variety of urban and suburban educational settings, including public and private schools.

By completing the Special Education program, you will be eligible for the Illinois Learning and Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) license, provided you complete additional state requirements.

Students in this program complete two lab-based courses in the Education and Counseling Center in the College of Education, one focused on reading, and one on math. In each course, students work with a struggling learner from the community. Students also complete two field-based practicum courses (totaling 70 hours of field experience) with related seminars: one focused on learners with high incidence disabilities in an inclusive setting, and one focused on students with low incidence disabilities in a self-contained setting.

As a Special Education major, you will learn to:

  • Apply specific strategies needed to teach exceptional learners
  • Consult and co-teach in general education inclusion classrooms
  • Modify content for exceptional learners in reading, math, natural and social sciences
  • Teach small groups of exceptional students in a resource room
  • Teach students with more significant disabilities in a self-contained classroom


Sample Courses:

  • Formal Assessment in Special Education
  • Classroom and Behavior Management
  • Collaboration in Schools
  • Exceptionality and Learning
  • Instruction and Differentiation
  • Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities
  • Teaching Literacy to Exceptional Students

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