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Special Education

Special Education

Help All Students to Dare to Dream with a Special Education Bachelor’s Degree

Build and develop the skills and experience you need to help address the uniquely individual needs of your students.
At South Carolina State University, our special education bachelor’s degree program is designed to help you develop a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies and individualized instructional methods so that you can work effectively with students of diverse learning abilities. Designed to prepare you for an ever-evolving field, our special education major is different.

Why? Because we take a deep dive into the beliefs, traditions, and values across and within cultures that can impact student-teacher relationships.

You’ll be equipped with the knowledge and know-how to be a catalyst for change as you’re teaching special ed — helping provide additional educational opportunities to your students and improving outcomes for learners with disabilities and their families.

By the Numbers

Student-to-faculty ratio in special education major courses
Growth over the next decade for teaching special ed professionals
Years to complete special education bachelor’s degree


Gain the special ed teaching requirements you need while specializing for the classroom

At SC State, our special education degree program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and offers concentrations in Educable Mentally Disabled, Emotionally Disabled, and Learning Disabilities.

Method of Instruction

  • Face-to-face

Special Education Degree Program Highlights

Exceptional learners deserve top-notch educators who understand their needs. Through SC State’s special education major, you’ll learn to implement long-range, individualized instructional plans anchored in both best practices and our specialized teaching special ed curriculum. Our special education major is known for helping you:

Thrive in a caring and nurturing campus community

As you pursue your special ed teaching requirements, you’ll be guided and mentored by experts who have ample classroom experience and an open-door philosophy. You’ll also be assigned a faculty adviser who will be there to help you throughout your special education teaching courses and as you pursue careers here in the Palmetto State and beyond.

Produce big results within small classes

At SC State, you’ll benefit from small classes in all of our courses — including in our special education bachelor’s degree program. In fact, our special education major features a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, which will help you to easily receive one-on-one advising and mentorship.

Gain hands-on learning to help you flourish

As an SC State student pursuing special ed teaching requirements, you’ll have the opportunity to gain expertise in the classroom during your studies — from the moment you step on campus until you graduate. And, during your last semester on campus, you’ll complete a classroom experience and put your special education teaching expertise to work.

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What Can I Do With a Special Education Bachelor’s Degree?

Here in South Carolina and beyond, there is a burgeoning shortage of educators who are equipped to teach students with moderate disabilities. At SC State, our special education degree program is well-equipped to help you jump-start a rewarding and meaningful career in education and make an impact in K–12 classrooms.
Our teaching special ed graduates have a wide range of job prospects and opportunities that also have a deep impact on the field and the communities they serve.

Special education bachelor’s degree careers

Did you know that, according to the latest South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce job outlook, elementary and middle school special education teaching professions are some of the most in-demand jobs in the state? While completing our special education degree program at SC State will help you pursue various special education teaching roles, this won’t be your only career option.
Once you’ve completed your special ed teaching requirements, you can expect to pursue careers in:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public schools
  • State agencies

What Will I Study in SC State’s Special Education Program

At SC State, our teaching special ed program begins with a liberal arts focus and dives deeply into courses that will have a profound impact on your teaching career. When you’re looking at all of the courses that are needed to meet special ed teaching requirements, know that our students find the following especially important:

  • Educational Diagnosis and Prescription for Learning Problems
  • Psychological and Sociological Aspects of the Disabled
  • Teaching of Language Arts for the Exceptional Child

Three concentrations that add value to your special education major

As a special education major, you’ll be able to add a four-course concentration to your degree. We offer concentrations in:

  • Educable Mentally Disabled
  • Emotionally Disabled
  • Learning Disabilities