Combined Special Education/Elementary Education, B.A.

Degree + Professional Educator Licenses

Be Prepared to Effectively Teach Every Student in Your Classroom

In the combined Special Education/Elementary Education program at Lewis University, students learn customized education methods for elementary success along with specific instructional strategies for special education. Upon graduation, students will earn two endorsements on their Professional Educator License - one in special education (LBSI K-12) and one in elementary education (1-6) - and will be prepared to teach in Illinois private and public schools. This program is a combined major and does not result in two degrees.

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2+2 Program Option

Through unique partnerships with College of DuPage (COD) and Harper College, students may attend COD or Harper College for the first two years of the program and complete the final two years at Lewis University's main campus in Romeoville, for a discounted tuition rate. Upon completion of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education/Elementary Education degree from Lewis University. For more information and full admission requirements for 2+2 Teaching Education programs, please contact Joan Williams at williajo@lewisu.edu or (815) 836-5268.

The Combined Special Education/Elementary Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Scholarship Options

  • Mines-Quinlan Annual Scholarship
  • Special Education Annual Scholarship
  • TEACH Grant
  • William B. Orenic Endowed Scholarship
Visit the Financial Aid for Educational Studies page for more information on education scholarships.

Sample Courses:

  • Foundations of Instruction
  • Integrating Educational and Assistive Technology into the Classroom
  • Disability Studies in Education
  • Development and Characteristics of Learners
  • Methods of Teaching in Middle and Secondary Content Areas
  • Content Area Reading Strategies for Adolescent Learners
  • Transitions and Students with High Support Needs

On Campus Opportunities

  • Teachers of Tomorrow
  • Best Buddies Illinois

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of an introductory level methods course
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 (to enroll in the introductory methods course and to continue in the program)
NOTE: Passing the Basic Skills Test is required by the state of Illinois before the student teaching semester. While this is not a requirement for admission to any of our programs, we strongly recommend that students seeking a Professional Educator License complete this requirement as quickly as possible. Students are considered to be a provisional candidate for the education program until the Basic Skills requirement is met. The tests that meet the Basic Skills requirement are the following:
  • Test of Academic Proficiency
  • Score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus a minimum score of 6 on the Writing Exam
  • Score of 1110 or higher on the SAT (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on the writing and language

Please refer to the Office of Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.

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For more information contact the Office of Admission at admission@lewisu.edu or call (815)836-5250.