Undergraduates completing this degree program will take coursework and field experiences that prepares teachers to work with students with mild to moderate disabilities such as specific learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) as well as students with a mild/moderate form of autism, intellectual disability, behavior or other health impairment.
The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education faculty and staff in general and special education collaborate to ensure undergraduate students learn critical knowledge and skills embedded within structured experiences to effectively teach students of all abilities.
The Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree program is accredited by the national Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. This ensures degree requirements meet the standards established by CAEP and the Council for Exceptional Children. CAEP accreditation ensures faculty create a culture of evidence-based best practices delivered through a rigorous course of study that prepares individuals to become competent and caring educators.
The four-year Special Education Plan of Study consists of 124 semester hours of coursework. This does not include remedial coursework needed by individuals or two semesters of college-level foreign language if the applicant is not able to test-out of this requirement. Our program embeds more than 400 hours of mentored classroom and tutoring experiences prior to a 16-week student teaching internship. Students complete general education, professional education and specialized education courses as depicted in the degree check sheet linked below. The second page 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 Certification (Mild/Mod) + General Education Certification = Highly Qualified
One hundred percent of graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Special Education program have attained Special Education mild/moderate teacher certification, pre-kindergarten through high school. In addition, students must pass the associated general education (early childhood, elementary, secondary subject area) state exam after obtaining an initial Special Education certification. Students may need to take additional courses to gain needed expertise to pass these state exams. The following areas are offered within general education:
• Early childhood education
• Elementary education
• Secondary subject areas:
- Language arts
- Social studies
Certification for Non-U.S. Citizens
Non-U.S. citizens can attain Oklahoma Special Education teacher certification upon successful program completion and passing required Oklahoma certification exams.