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Degrees Available at SIUE

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Teacher Licensure: Kindergarten - Grade 12
    (Type 10 licensure) in the State of Illinois

Why Special Education?

Special education is a dynamic and rewarding career field that significantly impacts the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. Licensed special educators are in high demand. The need for professionals in this field is expected to continue throughout the state and country. There are many job opportunities available in educational and community settings working with a wide range of disabilities and ages. Special education is a very collaborative discipline and allows for interaction with parents, school professionals, social workers, psychologists and other related personnel.

Special Education at SIUE

The special education program 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 kindergarten to grade 12. The special education program, in conjunction with the early childhood program in curriculum and instruction, also provides courses required for early childhood special education approval.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the special education program have the opportunity to work in a multitude of settings, such as public or private schools, alternative schools, and day treatment or residential settings. The LBS I licensure will allow graduates to teach students with a variety of disabilities from kindergarten
through grade 12.


Allison J. Fahsl, Ph.D.
2001, Oklahoma State University

Anthony M. Denkyirah, Ph.D.
2003, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Linda L. Forbringer, Ph.D.
2003, St. Louis University

Wendy W. Fuchs, Ph.D.
2008, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Susanne James, Ph.D.
2011, University of Kansas

Stacie M. Kirk, Ph.D.
2006, University of Kansas

Craig A. Miner, Ph.D.
1994, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Phil M. Weishaar, Ph.D.
1984, Saint Louis University

Field Supervisors

Erlean Johnson
Sara Eckert
Diane Hudzik

Faculty listing current as of June 2012

Special Education and Communication Disorders Programs at SIUE

Undergraduate Programs

  • Special Education
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Graduate Programs

  • Special Education
  • Speech-Language Pathology


Dr. Linda Forbringer, Program Director
Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders
Campus Box 1147, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1147
Phone: (618) 650‑3943

Academic Advising

School of Education Student Services
Campus Box 1062, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1062
Phone: (618) 650‑3940, Fax: (618) 650‑5468

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