Special Education, B.A.

Successful special education teachers require a specific personality. Patience, positivity and the ability to deal with any challenge the day sends their way. Through Lewis University's Special Education program, you will hone these traits and more, developing a critical view and the exact skills you need to excel in the classroom as a Special Education teacher.

Plus, your field experiences will give you vital hands-on experience in diverse teaching environments within public and private schools - all so you can discover your true passions, learn how to modify your teaching styles for different students, abilities, cultures and environments, and be prepared to effectively teach any student.

Along with personalized learning through your general education courses, you will learn specific instructional strategies for special education, including:
  • Technology for Teaching and Learning
  • Instructional Planning and Performance-based Assessment
  • Development and Characteristics of Learners
  • Approaches and Applications for the Multicultural Classroom
  • Teaching Methods Across Content Areas
Lewis also offers social opportunities specifically for Special Education students, like our Best Buddies program, which links you up with a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help them gain confidence and enjoy social activities.

Whether you plan on teaching Special Education throughout your career, pursuing graduate studies to become an administrator later on, or even helping to develop special education curriculum, Lewis' Special Education program is your perfect first step to earning your LBS1 Type 10 Certification.

Start customizing your Special Education program curriculum today!

Student Talk

  • Mayra Zamora

    “Last semester I did my clinical at a school down in Joliet, Culbertson Grammar School, and it was very diverse. I have learned a lot from the different opportunities that were opened to me there. I feel that the diversity will help me to go back to my community and help the students there, not only by teaching them what I know about my community, but also teaching them about other communities and being able to bring in new ideas that other districts have, that my district might not have."