SPECIAL EDUCATION, B.A.
DEGREE + PROFESSIONAL
EDUCATOR LICENSE + ENDORSEMENT
(Accelerated)

TEACH AND ADVOCATE FOR STUDENTS.

The accelerated Special Education program at Lewis University offers students a deep knowledge base in teaching from a universal design stance and through an inclusive education/disability studies lens. The curriculum is grounded in effective evidence-based instructional strategies for students who receive special education supports and services in public and private schools. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to teach students with disabilities, Kindergarten to age 22.



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Immerse yourself in learning to:

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  • teach students eligible for special education supports  (K through age 22) from a social justice perspective.
  • build inclusive school communities for learners, together with families and colleagues.
  • use effective communication and informed decision-making strategies.
  • incorporate research-based teaching methods across academic disciplines.
  • embed social-emotional learning within the core academic curriculum.
  • engage in a discourse of possibility.

WHY CHOOSE LEWIS?

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  • The Special Education program is fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • Rated Commendable by the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • 13:1 Student-teacher ratio
  • 97% pass rate on the edTPA
  • 130 school partners
  • If you currently support students with IEPs in your work setting, field experience hours may be waived in part or whole.

ADULT ACCELERATED LEARNING FORMAT

  • Adult-only classes mean learning with and from other working professionals just like you
  • Most courses delivered in an 8-week accelerated course format designed to fit your busy lifestyle
  • Many courses delivered in evening, weekend, online, and blended formats
  • Discounted tuition for adult learners
  • Transfer specialists will evaluate prior college credit and prior learning experiences to craft a customized pathway to degree conferment

COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSFER GUIDES

See how your existing coursework transfers over. 

SCHOLARSHIP OPTIONS

  • TEACH Grant
  • Golden Apple Scholars

Visit the Financial Aid for Educational Studies page for more information on education scholarships. 

CAREER OPTIONS:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Social and Human Services Assistant
  • Pediatric Hospital Educator
  • Pathway to Speech Language Pathology MS and other related advanced degree programs

ON CAMPUS OPPORTUNITIES

  • Teachers of Tomorrow
  • Best Buddies Illinois
  • Catholic Educators Program
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (KDP)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
  • Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Completion of an introductory-level methods course

For more information contact the Office of Admission at admission@lewisu.edu.

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