Last Updated: February 1, 2017
While it is true that all teachers are full-time, multitasking ninjas – this is especially true of Special Education teachers. They are constantly balancing the needs of students, the demands of paperwork and documentation, and the ongoing communication with parents and other professionals. All this while performing mind-bending feats of patience and maintaining a (mostly) zen-like calm.
It is not a job for the faint of heart, but it is a job with boundless rewards. Special Education teachers often speak of the benefits of a job that can be more flexible than other teaching positions. And Special Education teachers make a huge difference in the lives of kids with disabilities. This probably accounts for the findings of a University of Chicago study, in which Special Education ranks among the top ten most satisfying careers.1
But qualified Special Education teachers are in desperately short supply. This fact has been well documented. The Center for Personnel Studies in Special Education has acknowledged that there is a “chronic and severe shortage in every geographic region of the U. S.” 2 Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education approximated 50,000 individuals practicing special education who are unqualified. 3
So if you feel that you have what it takes to serve children with disabilities, then this is a good time to become qualified to do so. You’ll quickly notice that there is a dizzying array of options when it comes to Special Education Bachelor’s degree programs. But at College Choice, we’ve got your back.
What Are the Best Special Education Degrees?
To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 25 of the best Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education degrees. Our ranking is based on several factors – we start with standard academic reputation rankings, then we weigh net tuition, early career earnings, and acceptance rates to come up with a composite score that reflects academic excellence and return on investment.
Also, all the schools on our list are regionally accredited, and most programs have additional accreditation from the main educational accrediting bodies: CAEP, TEAC, NCATE.
We hope this ranking helps you in your search for the best Special Education program for you!
College Choice Score: 100.00
Net Tuition: $22,937.00
Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt University is a private institution located in the heart of Nashville, TN. With a student to faculty ratio of 8:1, the school provides a personalized educational experience and consistently ranks among the best universities in the country. Vanderbilt is also home to the prestigious Peabody School of Education.
The Department of Special Education within the Peabody School of Education offers a four-year, NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science with an interdisciplinary major in Exceptional Learning. The degree program, which leads to licensure for kindergarten through twelfth grade, equips students with the skills to assess and design programs for persons with disabilities. Three specialization options are available to students:
- mild and moderate disabilities (modified program)
- multiple and severe disabilities (comprehensive program)
- visual impairment
This degree program is one of the best in the country and combines theory with extensive field practice. Roughly 500 hours of field experiences (much of it before formal student teaching) expose prospective teachers to a wide range of ages (from child to adult) and disabilities. Students also have the option to combine the special education major with other Peabody majors as well as with majors in the College of Arts and Science.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
College Choice Score: 92.00
Net Tuition: $16,060.00
Situated along the shores of Lake Mendota in the city of Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the largest public universities in the nation, and has a reputation for excellence in undergraduate teaching (US News and World Report). The school is also home to a highly regarded School of Education which is embracing the challenges in education at all levels.
The Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education within the School of Education offers two undergraduate B.S. Education degrees in Special Education that lead to teacher licensure.
- B.S. Education Special Education Major
- B.S. Education Special Education Major and Elementary Education Dual Major
The Special Education major is a four-semester sequence in which students take part in a field experience at the end of each semester. This program prepares students for a cross-categorical Special Education license at the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence level (ages 6-12/13), and also at the Early Adolescence through Adolescence level (ages 10-21). Graduates from the dual degree are also eligible for the Elementary Education certification at the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence levels. Students in the department move through their programs in a cohort, creating a system of support and camaraderie.
University of Texas at Austin
College Choice Score: 91.96
Net Tuition: $17,366.00
Founded in 1883, The University of Texas at Austin is a public institution that enrolls over 51,000 students. The school is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System and home to an acclaimed School of Education, which ranked among the top ten in the country (US News and World Report). The Department of Special Education is also routinely ranked among the top 10 peer departments in the nation.
The Department of Special Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Education in All-Level (Early childhood – 12th grade) Generic Special Education (SED) which leads to Texas certification. The program prepares students to teach in a variety of settings with individuals with disabilities including:
- Children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities
- Children and youth with severe and/or multiple disabilities.
Students will gain the necessary skills to prepare lesson plans, consult with classroom teachers and parents, and participate in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. Students in this major also work towards an Early Childhood-6th Grade Generalist certification. This program only accepts applications for the Fall semester, and the application deadline is March 1.
University of Maryland - College Park
College Choice Score: 88.36
Net Tuition: $14,697.00
Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland – College Park is the flagship institution of the University of Maryland System. The school is situated in Prince George’s County, Maryland and is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (an organization of North America’s premier research institutions).
University of Maryland – College Park’s renowned Special Education programs are offered through the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (which consistently ranks among the best in the nation). Two NCATE-accredited, licensure track Special Education degree programs are available at the undergraduate level (Bachelor of Science):
- Elementary/Middle Special Education Teacher Preparation Program
- Early Childhood (Pre-K-3rd) & Early Childhood Special Education (birth through age 8)
In the Elementary/Middle Special Education Teacher Preparation Program, graduates are eligible for special education teacher certification in the state of Maryland, with reciprocity in 49 states. This four-year, 120-credit-hour course of study prepares teachers to teach students with mild (high incidence) to severe (low incidence) disabilities, across disability categories.
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Education is an intensive, cross-departmental teacher education program for individuals who are interested in teaching young children with and without disabilities.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
College Choice Score: 88.08
Net Tuition: $15,371.00
Straddling the shores of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and St.Paul, MN, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is the oldest and largest campus within the University of Minnesota system. This public research university ranks in the top 100 national universities in the country and their College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is considered a top tier teacher training school (US News and World Report).
The Department of Education Psychology within the CEHD at UM offers an opportunity to combine a Special Education Bachelor of Science degree with an Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) teaching license. The ABS licensure program prepares students to meet the needs of people – kindergarten through age 21 – with mild to moderate disabilities in the following areas:
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Developmental disabilities
- Emotional/behavioral disorders
- Learning disabilities
The program qualifies students for their initial ABS license, which they can then add to (towards a specialty license) through graduate study. Coursework covers educational and child psychology, academic and behavior interventions. Elementary and secondary practicum placements provide students with the opportunity to gain experience working with students with disabilities.
University of Illinois
College Choice Score: 86.98
Net Tuition: $16,841.00
Located in East-Central Illinois, only a few hours from the cities of Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system. This research-intensive public university, along with its acclaimed College of Education, consistently ranks among the top universities in the country.
The College of Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Special Education which prepares special education teachers for students ages 3-21. The program curriculum leads to certification as a Learning and Behavior Specialist I in Special Education. This license allows graduates to teach children ages 3 to 21 with any disability (e.g., learning disabilities, social or emotional disabilities, autism, intellectual disability, physical disabilities, multiple disabilities) in a range of educational settings.
- The first three semesters are dedicated to general education and the last five semesters are devoted to intensive preparation in special education.
- Teacher candidates participate in fieldwork (practicum) during each of the last five semesters.
The Special Education department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign embraces a stated mission of teaching, research, and public service that promotes effective, inclusive outcomes for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan.
Ohio State University
College Choice Score: 86.42
Net Tuition: $18,502.00
Situated on a sprawling campus in the Ohio state capital of Columbus, Ohio State University is a public university with a stellar reputation. The school frequently ranks among the top public schools in the country and has a highly regarded School of Education and Human Ecology which offers teacher preparation as well as master’s and doctoral level programs.
The College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State offers an NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education that prepares students for professional careers addressing the educational needs of individuals with disabilities. Students admitted to the program are able to select from three licensure options:
- Mild/moderate intervention specialist (K–12 license)
- Moderate/intensive intervention specialist (K–12 license)
- Early childhood intervention specialist (pre-K–3 license)
Throughout the program, students participate in clinical and field-based experiences for integrating teaching and learning theories. Special education majors can also pursue independent studies and research opportunities with faculty, as well as a senior Honors thesis. Upon completion, graduates have a wide range of career opportunities – from child and family services and residential and vocation services for adults with disabilities, to intervention specialists in public schools.
Michigan State University
College Choice Score: 84.99
Net Tuition: $14,601.00
Established in 1852, Michigan State University is a public research university located in East Lansing, Michigan. The school is one of the largest public schools in the US, a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and many of its programs -including the College of Education – rank among the best in the country (US News and World Report).
The College of Education offers a unique TEAC-accredited Bachelor of Arts and special education endorsement program which combines regular elementary teaching certification and K-12 endorsement in the area of learning disabilities. The program prepares students to be effective as both general and special education teachers. Unique features of the degree program include:
- A fifth year full-time internship experience
- Students earn 12 graduate credits towards a master’s degree at MSU
The goal of the MSU Special Education Program is to prepare prospective teachers who have a broad base of knowledge that they can access throughout their careers. Graduates of the program will be ready to serve students who have learning disabilities, help students access and succeed in general education settings, and hold new roles and leadership positions in schools.
University of Georgia
College Choice Score: 83.28
Net Tuition: $13,280.00
Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia was the first state-sponsored university in the country. This historic public university has a long tradition of academic excellence which continues to the present. Their renowned College of Education is no exception and is often listed among the best of its kind (US News and World Report).
The College of Education offers an NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Special Education for those who are looking for the preparation and certification needed to teach students with mild to severe disabilities or young children with or without disabilities. The program promises to foster inclusion, diversity, and multiculturalism through theory and practice-based learning. Three distinct areas of emphasis and licensure are available:
- General Curriculum
- Applied Curriculum and Autism
- Birth through Kindergarten / Preschool
Students who are admitted to the program begin in the fall of their junior year with a cohort that progresses through the required coursework together. Practicum experiences are woven into the fabric of each semester and culminate in a semester of student-teaching in a local area special education, prekindergarten, or kindergarten class.
Brigham Young University
College Choice Score: 81.39
Net Tuition: $12,900.00
Ranked among the top national universities in the country (US News and World Report), Brigham Young University is a private university – and the largest of any religious university in the United States. Located in Provo, Utah, the school is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the vast majority of its students are members of the LDS church, though admission is open to non-members as well.
The David O. Mckay School of Education offers a TEAC-accredited Bachelor of Science in Special Education through its Department of Counseling Psychology & Special Education (CPSE). This licensure track program offers students two options for specialization:
- Emphasis in Mild/Moderate Disabilities
- Emphasis in Severe Disabilities
Candidates with the Mild/Moderate Disabilities emphasis will be certified to teach students with learning or behavior difficulties that impede normal or expected academic achievement. Candidates with the Severe Disabilities emphasis are certified to teach students with disabilities requiring functional academics and life skills instruction (like communication, social behavior, and daily living activities). Both emphasis areas require field experiences and student teaching as the capstone experience of the teacher education programs.
College Choice Score: 80.01
Net Tuition: $13,289.00
Based in Bloomington, IN, Indiana University is the flagship of the Indiana University System. The Bloomington campus is home to numerous acclaimed Indiana University schools, among which is their top-ranked School of Education which offers teacher preparation as well as master’s and doctoral level programs.
The School of Education at Indiana University offers two NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Special Education degrees which lead to teaching certification at the elementary and secondary levels. The program includes field experiences as early as the second semester of the program and culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience in a school setting. Two licensure specializations are available:
- Elementary: Teaching All Learners (TAL) Dual Degree Program
- Secondary Special Education and Community of Teachers (COT) Programs
The Teaching All Learners (TAL) program offers dual degrees – preparing students for licensure in both Elementary Special Education and Elementary General Education (allowing graduates to teach in classrooms containing students with and without disabilities). The Secondary Special Education and COT program will lead to certification for teaching both general education and special education. Students take on coursework in their chosen content area while exploring issues in special education.
College Choice Score: 79.74
Net Tuition: $16,622.00
Located in Clemson, South Carolina, Clemson University is a public, research-intensive university that consistently ranks among the top National schools in the country. Along with a strong commitment to internships, service learning and cooperative education, the school has a reputation for being a great value in university education.
Clemson’s top-ranked School of Education offers an NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Arts in Special Education which prepares prospective teachers to work with students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades pre-K through 12. The program provides a broad basis in general education methods as well as research-validated instructional and assessment practices.
- Student teaching internship exceeds the state’s certification requirements.
- Students meet requirements for highly qualified status as a special educator as defined under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Field-based experiences begin in the first semester of the program and are woven into the fabric of the program, culminating in a full-time, 12-week student teaching internship in a public school. Students also have the option to add an endorsement to the special education certification to teach in elementary education by passing the PRAXIS tests for elementary education.
College of New Jersey
College Choice Score: 79.30
Net Tuition: $20,146.00
Situated in the Trenton suburb of Ewing Township, New Jersey, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a highly selective public university which ranks among the top five regional universities in the North (US News and World Report). With a mission to provide a first-rate education to New Jersey’s residents, the undergraduate teaching program has a reputation for being one of the best.
The Department of Special Education, Language and Literacy at TCNJ is a five year program which results in a Bachelor of Science in Special Education (at the end of the fourth year) and a Master’s degree (at the end of the fifth year) as well as qualification for several teaching certifications.
- Graduates of the program meet the state’s current requirements for being “highly qualified” teachers.
- The program meets the standards and requirements of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Students at the College of New Jersey also have the option of five year degree in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This program is also a five-year integrated bachelor’s and master’s program which culminates in several teaching certifications.
University of Kansas
College Choice Score: 79.29
Net Tuition: $14,485.00
The University of Kansas (KU ) is a major public research university located in the college town of Lawrence, Kansas. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities since 1909, the school regularly earns high rankings for its academic programs. In particular, the Special Education program at KU has been a model of engaged learning and pioneering research.
The School of Education offers a Unified Early Childhood Teacher Education Program which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education. This program prepares individuals to teach in both special and regular education settings with children ranging from birth to age eight.
- The KU School of Education is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System.
- Coursework fulfills the requirement for the degree and a Kansas initial teaching license.
For prospective teachers who want a wide range of career opportunities, the Unified Early Childhood Program combines general education courses and professional education coursework for a broad-based foundation in education. The degree provides students with multiple field experiences which give pre-service teachers an opportunity to observe and interact with students in the surrounding public school districts.
Pennsylvania State University
College Choice Score: 77.92
Net Tuition: $24,992.00
Pennsylvania State University is a public, research-intensive university and the flagship public university of Pennsylvania. Consistently earning high rankings among top national universities, the school is home to a prestigious College of Education which offers a number of world-class programs for students interested in both teacher preparation and other education-focused pursuits.
The Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) offers a Bachelor of Science in Special Education which provides students the knowledge and supervised practice for the education of children and youth with disabilities. Graduates of the program are eligible for the Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate in Teaching the Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped.
- Special Education curriculum is based on thirteen essential core competency clusters.
- Students must complete 80 hours of experience with children with disabilities before admission to the program.
The EPCSE at Penn State also offers a five-year combined Undergraduate-Graduate degree which integrates courses for a B.S. in Special Education with courses required for certification as a Reading Specialist and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Language and Literacy Education (LLED).
University of Utah
College Choice Score: 76.72
Net Tuition: $12,136.00
Situated in Salt Lake City, Utah, the University of Utah is the flagship public university of the state as well as Utah’s oldest institution of higher learning. With a core commitment to innovation, inclusiveness, quality, and engagement, the school has earned high rankings among public universities nationally. The College of Education also ranks among the best schools of its kind.
The Department of Special Education at the University of Utah offers a CAEP-accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education which leads to licensure in the areas of mild/moderate disabilities, severe disabilities, early childhood special education, vision impairments, and students who are deaf & hard of hearing. The curriculum for the B.S. in Special Education degree program includes:
- Adaptation of curriculum
- Assessment of student abilities
- Behavioral interventions
- Special education policy, and legal issues
Faculty in the Department of Special Education pride themselves on being supportive and available to students – and the department as a whole is dedicated to training teachers who serve individuals with disabilities and their families. Programs include extensive field experiences in schools to give students a thorough grounding in their subjects.
University of Arizona
College Choice Score: 74.84
Net Tuition: $15,591.00
First established in the Sonoran Desert in 1885, the University of Arizona is a public, top-ranked research-intensive university located in the heart of the city of Tucson, Arizona. The school is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and home to a number of highly regarded academic institutions, including their highly regarded College of Education.
The College of Education offers a Mild to Moderate Disabilities Teacher Preparation Program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. The program is designed around a cohort model and consists of three semesters of coursework followed by a one semester supervised internship in an approved special education setting with a certified special education teacher.
- For admission, students must complete 60 documented contact hours with children with special needs in a public school classroom.
- Program is organized around national (INTASC/Council for Exceptional Children/CEC) and State of Arizona teacher certification standards.
Students also have the option of two Special Education non-teaching degrees: a B.S.E. in Special Education and Rehabilitation (Rehabilitation emphasis) and a B.S.E. in Special Education and Rehabilitation: Deaf Studies. In addition, students may also obtain endorsements in bilingual education and English as a Second Language.
SUNY - Geneseo
College Choice Score: 73.59
Net Tuition: $16,271.00
Situated in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, the State University of New York College at Geneseo (SUNY – Geneseo) is a public liberal arts college which has earned high rankings as a regional school in the North. Notably, in 2017 US News and World Report ranked SUNY-Geneseo’s Undergraduate Teaching Program as the best in the country.
The School of Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree leading to New York State initial certification in Childhood and Special Education Grades 1-6. The Special Education program is organized into a sequence of six blocks of related courses combined with frequent field experiences. Teacher candidates in the elementary-level programs have the option to:
- Major in Education with a concentration in a Liberal Arts discipline, or
- Complete a double major in Education and a Liberal Arts discipline with accompanying certification
Field experiences form a core element of the Special Education program: they allow prospective teachers to gain practical experience and to use knowledge gained from their coursework to prepare them to become active participants in school classrooms. All Childhood with Special Education candidates must complete 150 hours of field experiences before student teaching.
College Choice Score: 72.57
Net Tuition: $32,732.00
Established in 1839, Boston University is an elite private university located in Boston, MA. The school, which boasts its share of the traditional brownstone buildings that have come to epitomize Boston for most of us, is highly selective in its admission process and is a member of the Boston Consortium for Higher Education and the prestigious Association of American Universities.
The Special Education Program at Boston University provides several undergraduate opportunities for students who wish to prepare for careers as teachers (in public and private school programs, as well as in residential and vocational settings). The Bachelor of Science in Special Education has four specializations:
- Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K–Grade 8)
- Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K–Grade 8) combined with Elementary Education (Grades 1–6)
- Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Grades 5–12)
- Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (Ages 3–21)
The special education bachelor’s program at BU provides a strong base in the liberal arts as well as in general education and special education. Fieldwork is also an important component and is threaded throughout students’ course study. Fulfillment of licensure requirements in the program can lead to licensure in states with which Massachusetts has reciprocity.
College Choice Score: 71.92
Net Tuition: $19,276.00
One of the top three regional colleges in the Midwest, Augustana University is a private liberal arts college located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The schools has Lutheran roots and maintains ties to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – though the school welcomes students of all faiths. The school has a reputation for being a great value in higher education.
The Department of Education at Augustana University offers a Bachelor of Science in Special Education which prepares prospective teachers for certification in K-12 Special Education/SPED. The degree program provides the knowledge and skills needed for working with children with varying abilities in the areas of:
- Learning disabilities
- Intellectual disabilities
- Emotional/behavioral disorders
Augustana places strong emphasis on field experiences, and their close relationship with the surrounding school districts provides students with the opportunity to log more than 100 practicum hours before their student teaching semester. In addition to their Bachelor of Science program, the school offers a Certification-Only Program in Special Education for those who already have a bachelor’s degree.
University of Hawaii - Manoa
College Choice Score: 71.46
Net Tuition: $12,721.00
Located in Honolulu, Hawaii (in which Manoa is a neighborhood), the University of Hawaii in Manoa is a public research institution that ranks among the top public schools in the country. The university is home to a highly regarded College of Education that prides itself on preparing educators at all levels to contribute to a just, diverse, and democratic society
The College of Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Education: Exceptional Students and Elementary Education (ESEE) program which merges Special Education with Elementary Education. Graduates of the program will be recommended for initial teacher licensure in elementary (K-6) and special education (K-6) and will be prepared to teach in:
- General education classes attended by diverse learners
- Special education classes attended by students with high-incidence disabilities
- Inclusive classes attended by both students with and without disabilities at the elementary level.
The school also offers a Bachelor of Science in Education degree that combines Special Education with Early Childhood Education. Students earn their bachelor’s degree along with two teaching licenses at the early childhood level. This is a cohort program in which courses are primarily online with online class sessions held in the early evenings. There are also limited face-to-face weekends each semester.
College Choice Score: 71.09
Net Tuition: $27,211.00
A private university located near downtown Peoria, Illinois, Bradley University is a mid-sized institution that ranks among the best regional colleges in the Midwest (US News and World Report). The school prides itself on offering more opportunities than small colleges and more personalized experiences than large universities.
The Department of Teacher Education at Bradley University offers a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) program. The degree program leads to a State of Illinois Professional Educator’s License with an endorsement in LBS I which qualifies individuals to teach children between the ages of Pre-K and 21 with a wide range of disabilities. The program has State and National Recognition through:
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
- Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Students in LBS I take part in two field experiences. The first requires 25 hours of directed observations while the second experience involves an in-depth study of an individual learner, which includes a 25-hour clinical experience. Courses required to earn an English as a Second Language endorsement are built into this program. Additional course work is required for the Early Childhood Special Education Approval.
SUNY - Cortland
College Choice Score: 70.84
Net Tuition: $16,955.00
A comprehensive college of science and the arts, SUNY – Cortland is a highly ranked public college and part of the State University of New York System. The school, which is located in Cortland, NY, offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and a variety of professional fields. SUNY Cortland also has the largest teacher education program in the Northeastern United States and the ninth largest in the country.
The Department of Foundations and Social Advocacy at SUNY – Cortland offers an NCATE-accredited Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Inclusive Childhood Education that prepares students to teach in elementary schools as well as pupils with disabilities. The degree leads to dual certification and students have the option of participating in:
- Student teaching opportunities in Australia, and New York City
- Experiential placements in urban, rural and suburban classrooms
- Experiential placements in families with children who have disabilities
Students in the program also have the opportunity to participate in Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Scholarship and Program. C.U.R.E. works to address the need for highly qualified urban teachers by offering scholarships ($3,875) to students who are willing to commit to two years of teaching in an urban area upon graduation.
College Choice Score: 70.66
Net Tuition: $30,727.00
Located in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, New York, Syracuse University is a private research university that ranks highly as both a national university and a great value in higher education (US News and World Report). The university is also home to a renowned School of Education which offers over 50 degree and certificate programs.
The School of Education offers an NCATE- accredited Bachelor of Science in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education program which prepares students to make a difference in the lives of children through the development of a strong inclusive education philosophy and pedagogy. The degree program fulfills the academic requirements for both:
- New York State Childhood (elementary grades 1-6) and
- Students with Disabilities (special education grades 1-6) teacher certification.
Students in the program progress together as a cohort, providing a community of support and camaraderie -as well as potentially lifelong relationships. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Bridge to the City, a program offering qualified students an option for a student teaching semester in New York City.
Miami University - Oxford
College Choice Score: 70.61
Net Tuition: $20,871.00
Founded in 1809, Miami University is the second oldest public university in the state of Ohio. Located in the town of Oxford, in the Miami Valley region of Ohio, the school is known for its deep commitment to teaching undergraduates while maintaining a reputation as a research institution. Their renowned College of Education, Health and Society has earned a reputation for both commitments.
Miami University offers a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a Special Education major which prepares students to be a Mild-moderate Intervention Specialist in general education classrooms or other educational settings. Students will earn an initial four-year educator license as an intervention specialist which allows them to teach in kindergarten through 12th grade in the state of Ohio. The program is fully accredited through:
- The Ohio Department of Education
- The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
- The Council for Exceptional Children.
Students in the special education program participate in classroom observations and assist veteran teachers before their culminating student-teaching experience. The College of Education also promises small class sizes and exceptional mentoring by faculty members so that students are job-ready on graduation day.