Advocate in the Classroom
All children can learn. With our exceptional bachelor’s degrees emphasizing special education, you will learn about the characteristics of mild to severe disabilities, the application of assessments, and the development of diverse learners. You will gain first-hand experience with assistive technologies that you'll use in your future classroom. As a special education teacher, you will make a difference in the lives of exceptional learners.
See Yourself Succeed With a Degree in Special Education
Reinforce your confidence and skills to become an effective special education teacher through field-based experiences in real-world classroom settings.
Work with excellent, supportive faculty to cultivate the skills and knowledge you’ll need to work with students of all abilities.
Advice as You Need it
Visit our Mentor Center in the Frank Young Education North building for support and information to help reach your career goals.
Gain experience at the Assistive Technology Lab, designed to assist and empower individuals with disabilities and educate future teachers.
Focus Your Passion
Choose from two special education teaching certification options.
Teacher Certification, EC-6 with Special Education
This track prepares you to work primarily with students with disabilities in early childhood through sixth grade classroom settings. Completing this program and passing all TExES exams certifies you to teach special education in the state of Texas.
All-Level Special Education
This track prepares you to work with students with disabilities in all grade levels and in both general education and special education classrooms. Completing this program and passing all TExES exams certifies you to teach special education in the state of Texas.
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At A&M-Commerce, a degree in special education gives you in-demand skills and knowledge. As a graduate, you will be well-prepared for your successful teaching career. Our special education program boasts a nearly 100% employment rate throughout Texas!
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020
Job placement and satisfaction are high in our education program. In fact, regional school districts often seek out our graduates. Check out a few of the school districts where our students have taught. Discover where you belong!
You will examine current topics in special education, including assistive technology, high leverage practices, family resources, structured TEACCH and research-based behavior management techniques.
You will learn about research-based strategies and techniques for teaching reading and math to students with disabilities. Prerequisites: SPED 346 and SPED 420.
You will survey student populations identified with exceptionalities. Attention will be given to the causes and effects of these differences upon the individual’s development.
You will explore academic and social/emotional needs of students with disabilities in field-based inclusive settings. Note: Limited to EC-6 Generalist or 4-8 Content majors only.
Undergraduate Program Costs
Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.