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B.A. in Special Education

Northeastern Illinois University
Program overview
4 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
English
Start dates
Chicago
Fall

Chicago
Spring

Program description

B.A. in Special Education

The B.A. in Special Education is designed to prepare students to become highly proficient in the delivery of instruction and services to all school-age children and adolescents with exceptionalities. Through the program, students gain knowledge and proficiencies needed in order to obtain Illinois state teaching credentials. Additionally, students will have the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass all required state exams. Students will learn effective teaching strategies, assessments and dispositions through professional and practical experiences.

Program Benefits

Students in the program will attain:

  • A quality education that is affordable
  • Support from highly experienced faculty, advisors and staff
  • A commitment to transforming the lives of individuals with exceptionalities, as well as the lives of their families

Admission requirements

Northeastern Illinois University has adopted a Test Optional admissions policy for undergraduate admissions to the university. Applicants who have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or above will automatically be admitted to the university and not required to submit standardized test scores for admissions. Applicants who score below a 2.5 grade point average are encouraged to submit standardized test scores.

Students with GEDs: If you are 18 years of age, or older, you can be considered for admission upon successful completion of the GED.

Subject requirements for freshmen:

In addition to meeting the Test Optional minimum requirement for admission, freshmen must also have completed the following high school subjects in accordance with the Illinois Board of Higher Education requirements*:

  • 4 years of Language Arts
  • 3 years of Mathematics (1 year must be algebra and 1 year must be a course that includes geometry content)
  • 2 years of Writing (1 year must be an English course and 1 year may be provided as part of any course offered)
  • 2 years of Social Science (must include 1 year of U.S. history or combination of U.S. history and American government and 1 semester of civics)
  • 2 years of Science
  • 1 year of Electives (Includes art, music, foreign language, or vocational education)

*First time freshmen and transfer applicants with fewer than 24 hours of transferable credit, who meet all criteria for admission except high school subject requirements, may be admitted on a provisional basis.

International student requirements:

  • Submit application for admission with a $30 application fee to the Admissions Office. We encourage students to apply online for faster processing.

  • Submit current official copies of transcripts of schools attended within the United States. All transcripts from non U.S. colleges or universities must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) sent to the Admissions Office.

  • Arrange to have official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to the Admissions Office. You must pass the written version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 (masters admission requires 550) or you must pass the computerized version of the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 173 (master admission requires 213) or the internet based test with minimum score of 61 (masters admission requires 79). The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL. An IELTS minimum score of 6 (masters admissions 6.5) is required.

  • Your file will be reviewed for admission decision when the application, fee and all academic documents, such as transcripts and test scores are received. However, an I-20 will not be issued until the Requirements for I-20 Processing have been met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.


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Program content

Level I

Spring I

  • Writing Intensive Program: School Curriculum
  • The Development And Characteristics Of Children And Youth With Exceptional Learning

Summer I

  • Strategies For Differentiating Instruction For Students With Exceptional Learning Needs
  • Writing Intensive Program: Foundation Of Teaching The English Language Arts

Level II

Fall II

  • Informal Assessment And Progress Monitoring
  • Supervised Field Experience I
  • Technology And Special Education
  • Methods Of Teaching Mathematics In The Elementary Grades

Spring II

  • Supervised Field Experience II
  • Fundamentals Of Literacy Instruction
  • Managing Behaviors In The Classroom

Summer II

  • Teaching Learners With Moderate To Severe Disabilities

Level III

Fall III

  • Teaching English Learners In Diverse Classrooms
  • Community Partnership And Advocacy
  • Materials And Methods For Teaching High School Science
  • Assessment In The Bilingual Classroom
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
  • The English Language For Teachers
  • Methods of Teaching in Bilingual Classrooms

Fall IV

  • Student Teaching In Special Education
  • Bilingualism And Education
  • English Grammar: Description & Instruction

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.

Tuition fees

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Career opportunities

The B.A. in Special Education prepares you for careers such as:

  • Special Education Teacher

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Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is a public university that is more than 150 years old. It attracts students and faculty from over 100 countries. Its main 67-acre campus is a welcoming oasis located in a safe residential neighborhood on the...


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Northeastern Illinois University

5500 North St. Louis Avenue
60625 Chicago
United States of America

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