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Special Education

Special Education Specialization

What is Special Education?

Special Education is a broad term that describes the programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of students with varying exceptionalities. The Special Education specialization will prepare you to teach and work with students with specific learning disabilities (SLD), intellectual and developmental disabilities (InD), and emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD) in diverse instructional settings, including the general education classroom.

Who will I teach?

This specialization certifies you to teach students with mild exceptionalities in grades K-12.

What will I learn?

You will:

  • Learn evaluation techniques and procedures for children with exceptionalities
  • Design classroom tests and examine test data to facilitate decision making
  • Learn about classroom organization, behavior management, and communication skills appropriate for managing the spectrum of behaviors found in exceptional students, including students with emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Develop and implement culturally responsive teaching practices
  • Use appropriate evidence-based strategies to differentiate instruction for students with diverse learning needs

Using content-area knowledge, you will graduate knowing how to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for students across all grade levels. Our graduates are prepared to enter the field of Special Education as professionals who are knowledgeable, reflective, and informed advocates for students with mild exceptionalities.

Where can I teach?

Earlier and more accurate identification of students with special needs has led to an increase in the amount and type of instructional services that are needed and appropriate for these students. The demand for highly trained and qualified special education teachers is critical throughout the state of Florida. As a Barry graduate, you will be equipped with the skills needed to effectively plan and prepare appropriate instruction for all your students.

You may consider becoming a:

  • Special education resource and/or inclusion teacher (grades K-12)
  • Lead teacher/specialist of students with high-incidence disabilities
  • Community-based specialist to assist young adults with disabilities learn vocational and post-secondary skills
  • Special education mentor and/or tutor in various private organizations or instructional centers

Did you know...

With one additional year, you are able to complete your Master of Science? This will build on your undergraduate coursework. Check it out!

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