Special Education Undergraduate Degree
Education is a fundamental and necessary part of youth for all children. It prepares them for life after high school, including employment, further education, and independent living. Students with special needs require supports, accommodations, and effective instruction in order to enable them to succeed. Special Education teachers have the joy and the challenge of working with and forming relationships with students, their families and colleagues. The University of Oklahoma College of Education’s nationally recognized Special Education program works to ensure its graduates have the knowledge and the experiences needed to effectively teach students with special needs.
Along with coursework, students complete over 400 mentored classroom hours prior to their student-teaching internship. During their sixteen-week internship, students observe, prepare and develop lesson plans, teach, and participate in all other Special Education teacher duties.
The Special Education curriculum is designed so that students can receive a Bachelor of Science degree in four years, though this can vary depending on when the student becomes a fully admitted student to the college.
A Special Education student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. A student could also pursue a Master of Education, a Doctor of Philosophy or a Doctor of Education degree. Students who pursue a master's degree may be certified as reading specialists.
Upon graduation and passing appropriate Oklahoma certification exams, students are recommended to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for Special Education certification in the areas of mild to moderate disabilities from pre-kindergarten through high school. Over the past few years 100% of OU’s special education majors have passed the required state tests, which include the OGET, OSAT and OPTE. Students who desire certification in other areas, such as elementary education, take additional coursework and the corresponding state certification exams.
Certification for Non-US Citizens
Non-US citizens are able to obtain Oklahoma Special Education teacher certification upon successful completion of their plan of study and the Oklahoma certification exams.
Interests and Skills
Special Education students typically have interests in working with and forming relationships with children and youth with special needs. They also enjoy working with students, families, and other professional to meet common goals. High school preparation should include working with children and youth both on group and individual levels.