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 undergraduate program consists of 70 credit hours total.

The Special Education program is nationally accredited by the Council for Exceptional Children.

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Candidates are selected each October to begin studies in the subsequent spring semester as a cohort. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Effie Kritikos at

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.

Completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Special Education will satisfy all standards for teacher licensure as required by the Illinois State Board of Education. Northeastern Illinois University has not made a determination as to whether this education degree program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in any of the other 54 U.S. states and jurisdictions. Specific requirements for licensure or certification in states other than Illinois vary from state-to-state. In some cases, you may need to take additional coursework or exams to meet individual state requirements and/or you may need to complete background checks.

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.

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Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact the Department of Literacy, Leadership, Development and Special Education.

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About Northeastern

Northeastern Illinois University is home to 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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