Special Education at SIUE
The special education program in the Department of Teaching and Learning at SIUE is a nationally recognized program delivered through a collaborative partnership agreement between SIUE and public school districts. Classroom teachers and university professors work together to provide special education majors a unique opportunity to regularly interact with children from Pre-Kindergarten to Age 21. In the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior at SIUE, we provide a combination of classroom instruction, research and ample opportunities for practical experiences in a variety of settings.
In conjunction with the early childhood program in curriculum and instruction, the special education program also provides courses required for early childhood special education approval. The special education program offers Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation-approved programs at the undergraduate level for teaching licensure as a learning behavior specialist (LBS I).
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Science in Special Education
- Teacher Licensure: Pre-Kindergarten to Age 21 in the State of Illinois
Teacher education programs at SIUE have an exceptional record of preparing highly effective early childhood, elementary, middle level, special education and secondary education teachers. Our graduates also pursue careers as literacy specialists, teacher leaders, principals, superintendents and training and organizational development specialists in both corporate and nonprofit sectors.
SIUE’s teacher education programs foster teacher candidates’ ability to understand and meet professional responsibilities by modeling respect and value for diversity. Candidates create and engage their students in practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect and a valuing of the forms of diversity that exist in society and their importance in learning and teaching. The School of Education, Health and Human Behavior teacher education programs are dedicated to supporting all teacher education candidates, regardless of their economic or social status, and advocates for the rights of students free from discrimination based on race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, ability or age.