Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (All levels), Special Education, BSE

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In Short

Become a catalyst for change and help to increase opportunities in education and improve outcomes for children with severe disabilities.

Program Overview

Students within the special education severe disabilities concentration may pursue initial teacher licensure as a teacher of students with severe disabilities (all levels) by completing a special education major and a second major in interdisciplinary studies (IDIS). In this concentration, students will learn the theory, research, and pedagogy necessary to teach students with severe disabilities through the special education major and develop interdisciplinary studies content knowledge through the IDIS major.

Throughout the program of study, students will complete several field-based experiences in special education and regular education inclusive settings, which will be supervised by university mentor teachers and/or university faculty supervisors. These field-based experiences will provide students with opportunities to observe and participate in classroom instruction that incorporates what students are learning in their educational pedagogy classes as well as what students are learning in their IDIS content courses. Students will complete a formal practicum for their special education severe disabilities major. This program meets the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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Students in this concentration will fulfill the requirements for the special education severe disabilities major for students pursuing initial teacher licensure as a teacher of students with severe disabilities (all levels) as well as the core requirements of the IDIS major that is specific for education majors.

Experiential Opportunities


The purpose of the student teaching practicum/internship is to provide candidates who have reached the teacher candidacy stage of their academic programs with hands-on experience in an approved school setting.
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Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad course opportunities also increase student life-transforming experiences, as do student/faculty cooperative research projects.
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Curriculum and Other Information

  • Special Education Teacher