Special Education

Degree Offered:Bachelor of Science in Special Education

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The undergraduate programs provided by the Department of Education at Central Methodist University and the Department of Educational Studies at Saint Louis University offer a rigorous and comprehensive initial educator preparation program in Mild-Moderate Disabilities. The departments completed a total curricular review for the purpose of developing a joint undergraduate program in Mild-Moderate Disabilities. The program reflects the most recent Council for Exceptional Children and State of Missouri professional standards. The curriculum is a result of a collaborative effort of the faculty of both institutions and is implemented using a collaborative model that draws on the strengths of both institutions.

The standards-based curriculum features a:

  • commitment to the preparation of reflective education practitioners to serve in both rural and urban environments;
  • commitment to a curriculum that is inculcated with a global perspective that values and appreciates the contributions of a multicultural student population;
  • common core of courses for all special education majors;
  • series of fieldwork experiences that provide opportunities for early application of performance standards concurrent with courses containing related knowledge standards;
  • series of fieldwork experiences that provide opportunities for early and on-going investigation of the needs and opportunities for teaching in rural and urban environments;
  • full semester capstone student teaching experience