Degrees and Programs Offered
- Bachelor of Arts Special Education (Option 1) Dual Special Education-Elementary Education. B.A. Option 1 is the most common option for undergraduates. It culminates in a B.A. in Special Education with certification in Special Education (K-12) with the Generalist endorsement, and certification in Elementary Education (K-8).
- Bachelor of Arts Special Education (Option 2) Dual Special Education-Early Childhood Studies. B.A. Option 2 is designed for educators with professional interest in both special education and early childhood/early childhood- studies. This program results in the K-12 Idaho Generalist Endorsement on the Standard Exceptional Child Certificate as well as Blended Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education Certification.
Stand-Alone Special Education Certification
Stand Alone Special Education Certification is designed for educators who already have a degree and are seeking certification alone. This program results in an institutional recommendation for the K-12 Idaho Generalist Endorsement on the Standard Exceptional Child Certificate.
Degree and Program Requirements
The Department of Special Education offers two options within the B.A. in Special Education degree program. Option 1, offering dual certification in special and elementary education, is designed to prepare highly qualified special educators with maximum professional flexibility in (a) elementary school settings, and (b) secondary settings that provide services to individuals with severe cognitive disabilities.
Option 2, offering dual certification in special education and early childhood studies is designed to prepare educators in (a) K-12 special education, and (b) blended early childhood/early childhood special education working with children from birth to age eight and their families. Either option results in the K-12 Idaho Generalist Endorsement and the Standard Exceptional Child Certificate. Option 1 results in certification in elementary education (K-8). Option 2 results in certification in early childhood/early childhood special education blended.
Post-baccalaureate students seeking to become special educators have several options, including a second bachelor’s degree or graduate study. Prior to beginning coursework, all students are strongly encouraged to meet with a program advisor, supply unofficial transcripts and other pertinent documents, and develop an appropriate course of study. Students must apply for admission admission to Teacher Education at the outset, but may be permitted to enroll in course work during the first semester while working to satisfy admission requirements. Students will not be permitted to enroll in upper-division certification courses thereafter without being admitted into Teacher Education.