Special Education (B.S.)
Why Study Special Education at NIU?
If you’re passionate about working with students with disabilities, our Department of Special and Early Education offers two degrees in special education:
- Bachelor of Science in Education degree with an emphasis in Learning Behavior Specialist I. You’re prepared to work in the classroom with individuals with a wide array of disabilities from kindergarten through age 21.
- Bachelor of Science in Education degree with an emphasis in Visual Impairments. You’re prepared to work as a certified special education teacher with children with visual disabilities, as an orientation and mobility specialist with children and adults with visual disabilities, or as a rehabilitation teacher with adults who have visual disabilities.
Careers with a Special Education Degree
As a special education teacher with a Learning Behavior Specialist I
Those who specialize in visual impairments are frequently employed by school districts to work with students in their schools who have visual impairments. Such careers boast a “300 percent” job placement rate: Alums from our program typically have three job offers on the table before they graduate.
Special Education Occupational Outlook
Special Education Faculty
We provide an inclusive, engaging and supportive environment that inspires excellence. Our faculty
Hands-on Learning Opportunities
You’ll receive three clinical experiences prior to student teaching, eight weeks of student teaching at the elementary level and eight-week student teaching at the secondary level.
Hands-on learning is an integral part of our special education curriculum and can include these courses:
- SESE 260 - Service Learning Field Experience in Special Education: You’ll receive early exposure to services in special education in settings through mentoring actors with special needs in the Penguin Players.
- SESE 452 - Assistive Technology/Multiple Disabilities: Working in the COE Assistive Technology Lab, you’ll learn a variety of low- and high-tech applications for students with disabilities.
You’re almost assured of
For unparalleled exposure to the classroom, check out our “Educate” series: Our Educate Local, Educate U.S. and Educate Global programs transport students throughout the northern Illinois region, across the
Our Teacher Education and Certification House (TEACH House) residence hall floors help build your career through activities, conferences,