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Bachelor of Special Education Degree Program

The OU Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Special and General Education faculty and staff collaborate to ensure undergraduate students learn critical knowledge and skills embedded within structured experiences to effectively teach students of all abilities.

The OU Bachelor of Special Education degree program is accredited by the national Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This ensures degree requirements meet the standards established by CAEP and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). CAEP accreditation ensures faculty create a culture of evidence-based best practices delivered through a rigorous course-of-study that prepares graduates to become competent and caring educators.

Degree Requirements
The four-year Special Education Plan of Study consists of 124 semester hours of coursework (not including remedial coursework or required 2 semesters of college-level Foreign Language), which embeds at least 400 hours of mentored classroom experiences prior to a 16-week student teaching internship. Students complete general education, professional education, and specialized education as depicted in the degree check sheet linked below. The back side of the Bachelor of Special Education Degree Sheet lists a suggested sequence of courses students need to complete each semester to attain the degree in four years.

Special Education Bachelor Degree Check Sheet (PDF)

Teacher Certification

Special Education Certification
One hundred percent of OU Bachelor of Special Education graduates attain Special Education teacher certification, pre-kindergarten through high school.

Elementary Certification
Special Education majors who desire Elementary Education certification, must successfully complete the following additional courses and pass another state exam.  

·      EDLT 4113 - Literacy in Intermediate Grades
·      EDEL 4063 - Critical Inquiry and Integrated Instruction
·      Pass OSAT Elementary Subtests 1 & 2

Secondary Certification
Students who desire a secondary certification in history, math, science, English, or other areas, must pass the associated state exam after obtaining their initial Special Education certification. Students may need to take additional courses to gain needed expertise to pass the state exams.  

Certification for Non-US Citizens
Non-US citizens can attain Oklahoma Special Education teacher certification upon successful program completion and passing required Oklahoma certification exams.