All children can learn. With our exceptional bachelors degrees which emphasize 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.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Corsicana (Navarro College), Dallas, McKinney (CHEC), Mesquite, Online
Duration 4 Years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery 40-50% Online, Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours 120 Hours
Thesis Requirements No thesis required
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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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What you will learn

A degree in special education will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Develop strategies to promote student achievement in language, reading and math.
  • Gain knowledge about disabling conditions and their effects on learning.
  • Ascertain how to provide instruction while addressing students’ learning needs.
  • Administer behavioral assessments, promote behavioral management and develop interventions when needed.
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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. In fact, our special education program boasts a nearly 100% employment rate throughout Texas!

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Special education teachers, secondary school
Special education teachers, middle school
Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school
Special education teachers, preschool

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020

Potential Employers

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!

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Course Delivery

Our bachelor’s degree program in special education offers you a flexible way to earn your degree. You may take classes online or face to face. Many of our courses are offered at the main campus in Commerce, at the Mesquite Metroplex campus, at Navarro College, or at the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney.

Student Organizations

Student Council for Exceptional Children, Chapter 211

Student Council for Exceptional Children is a local chapter of the national Council for Exceptional Children. This organization consists of A&M-Commerce students who have an interest in children with special needs and those who are considered gifted and talented. Our goal is to improve educational professional standards and to increase awareness of children with exceptionalities.

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Undergraduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.

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