Special Education, B.A.

Degree + Professional Educator License + Endorsement

Learn to modify your teaching styles for students with different abilities, cultures and environments.

Successful special education teachers require a specific personality – one that includes patience, positivity and the ability to deal with any challenge that comes their way. The Special Education program at Lewis University helps students hone in on these personality traits as well as learn specific 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 special needs, Pre-K to age 21.










2+2 Program Option

Through a unique partnership with College of DuPage (COD), students may attend COD 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 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 Special 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
Visit the Financial Aid for Educational Studies page for more information on education scholarships.

Sample Courses:

  • Child and Adolescent Literature
  • Integrating Educational and Assistive Technology into the Classroom
  • Disability Studies in Education
  • Transitions and Students with High Support Needs
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Partnerships for Inclusive Education
  • Instructional Planning and Performance Based Assessment
  • Autism

Career Options:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Social and Human Services Assistant
  • Remedial Skills Instructor
  • Pediatric Hospital Educator

On Campus Opportunities

  • Teachers of Tomorrow
  • Best Buddies Illinois

Admission Requirements

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