Special/Elementary Education (dual major), 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.
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
- traumatic brain injury
You student teach for one semester, with your time divided
between special education and elementary education settings.
When you complete your degree and pass certification exams, you will have earned one certificate in special education (grades K-12 mild to moderate disabilities) 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
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.
As a dual major student, a clinical (school based) program will prepare you to "hit the ground running" when you start your first teaching job.
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.
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