Special Education - Early Childhood and Elementary

The ACU Special Education with Early Childhood and Elementary degree prepares students to serve children in both self-contained special education and regular education contexts. Students are prepared to meet the needs of diverse populations, from those with mild learning differences to those with significant disabilities.

The ACU Special Education with Early Childhood and Elementary degree prepares students to serve children in both self-contained special education and regular education contexts. Students are prepared to meet the needs of diverse populations, from those with mild learning differences to those with significant disabilities.

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Are you ready for the challenge?

This program includes extensive field experiences in contexts that include early childhood, primary, and intermediate classrooms. In these experiences, you will actively engage in assessment and instruction, learning how to adapt for the specific needs of each child.

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Program Structure

Special Education - Early Childhood and Elementary

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.

Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 72 credit hours + Electives: 2 credit hours = Total Required: 130 credit hours*

Example Coursework

Effective Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners
Teaching Students with Special Needs
Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children
Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities

Department

Teacher Education

Application Deadlines

Early Action: Nov. 1
Regular: Feb. 1
National Candidates: May 1

Spotlight

Kristin McNally’s Story

Through her own journey as a student with dyslexia, Kristin learned what can happen when a learner has the support that is needed. Her story illustrates the kind of support teacher candidates will receive when they come into the ACU Teacher Education Program ready to commit themselves to their preparation.

Opportunities

Education students in class

What can you do after graduation?

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Elementary or preschool teacher
  • Children’s minister
  • Early intervention specialist
  • Educational consultant

Activities

Teacher education students can participate in a number of real-world learning experiences, including:

  • Study abroad
  • Innovative schools site visits
  • Meaningful field experiences
  • Global Service Trips
  • Undergraduate research