Special and Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science in Education

Equal access for all students

As we move to an inclusive educational environment where all children work and learn together, our programs promote inclusive practices through our dual major in special and elementary education and the content emphasis in special education.

Certification

We offer this plan to prepare you to become a certified teacher of children and youth who have disabilities, as well as those who do not. The courses included in the program of study are designed to address the Professional Standards for the Council for Exceptional Children, in addition to the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), adopted by the Arizona Department of Education. This plan prepares you to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities such as:

  • learning disabilities
  • emotional/behavioral disorders
  • mild-moderate intellectual disabilities
  • orthopedic and health impairments
  • autism
  • traumatic brain injury

Student teaching

You student teach for one semester, with your time divided between special education and elementary education settings.

When you complete your degree, you will have earned one certificate in special education (grades K-12 cross-categorical special education) and one in elementary education (grades 1-8).

With training in both special and elementary education, graduates of our dual major program are highly sought-after candidates for job openings.

Content emphasis

You may also pursue a single major in elementary education with a content emphasis in special education.

A special education content emphasis does not require student teaching, and it does not result in special-education certification.

School-based programs

As a special-education major, you may wish to take education coursework in a school-based program.

In each of these programs, you spend several hours each day working with students in public-school classrooms under the supervision of mentor teachers and university faculty.

More information

Academic Catalog

See the NAU Academic Catalog for important details on this degree, including: 

  • Career opportunities for graduates with this degree
  • Admission requirements
  • Course listing
  • Campuses that offer this degree

Special and Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science in Education