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Introduction 

The major in Special Education is designed to prepare undergraduate candidates to become highly proficient in the delivery of instruction and services to all school aged children and adolescents with exceptionalities. The program consists of a 48-credit hour major plus a 24-credit hour cognate (in lieu of a minor).

Candidates are selected each October to begin studies in the subsequent spring semester as a cohort.

Program Benefits 

Northeastern Illiniois University offers flexible course offerings, small class sizes and an affordable education.

The Special Education major programs are offered at both the main campus and El Centro.

Career Options 

The Department of Special Education has a strong reputation for preparing quality special education teachers in Chicago and the surrounding area over the last 20 years. Graduates from Department programs enter K-12 schools prepared to meet the needs of diverse learners and to address critical issues in the field.

In order to obtain Illinois state teaching credentials, candidates must ensure all program coursework is completed prior to student teaching (with passing scores on ICTS exams #155, #163 must be passed prior to student teaching). Additionally, candidates must successfully pass all required state exams (i.e., #188) and meet acceptable evaluations of dispositions and professional behaviors.

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the bachelor's degree in Special Education and the courses offered toward the degree.

Special Education, B.A.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Special Education at (773) 442-5580.

Special Education Department Homepage

About Northeastern 

Northeastern Illinois University is home to more than 10,000 students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

We offer an education with value.

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