Special educators make a difference in the lives of children and families. They are curious about how people learn and develop throughout their lifespan. A special education degree prepares students to understand human diversity, communicate effectively and develop problem-solving skills that support their success and that of others.
The BAE in special education prepares graduates to work with K-12 students with disabilities in inclusive settings. Teacher candidates learn to use evidence-based practices that promote students' success with general education content, including high leverage practices in literacy, math, sciences and social studies. They develop adaptive techniques for students with disabilities and learn to use instructional and assistive technologies to facilitate success.
Students participate in professional experiences designed to expose them to numerous ways of teaching and learning. These internships and residencies are embedded during the junior and senior years to provide teacher candidates with multiple opportunities to work directly with children and youth. With the support of a certified lead teacher and an ASU faculty member called a site lead, students are able to practice what is learned during coursework in authentic settings.
Program graduates are eligible for the Standard Professional Mild/Moderate Disabilities Special Education Certificate - Grades K-12. Those desiring to teach in a public school in Arizona must pass the appropriate Arizona educator exams: National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments.
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Next steps to attend ASU
This degree qualifies you for an Arizona educator certification in:
Standard Professional Mild/Moderate Disabilities Special Education Certificate — K-12
You will be required to pass the applicable exams administered by the state. Learn more from the Arizona Department of Education.
This program may also lead to licensure in other states. Learn more
The Bachelor of Arts education in special education leads to teacher certification in order to support a critical market demand for special education teachers in Arizona and beyond. Graduates of the program are poised to find employment in any career that supports learners with disabilities. This includes careers with community- and youth-serving organizations, higher education institutions and health-related organizations. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.
Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.
- Elementary Special Education Teacher
- Middle School Special Education Teacher
- High School Special Education Teacher
- Certified Health Education Specialist
- Social Services Director
Program contact information
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Paying for college
Students are required to meet all applicable ASU admission requirements for first-year students, transfer students or international students.
As a transfer student, you can ensure a positive experience by signing up for an ASU transfer pathway program. Find your path to ASU