College of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Psychology

Foundations of special education for schools and society BS

Make a difference in the field of special education

Gain expertise in special education to expand its reach in schools and society. This program does not lead to the Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) or Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) teaching license.

What to expect

    • Paraprofessional
    • Personal care attendant
    • Community education coordinator
    • Public policymaker
    • Assessment coordinator
    • Due process coordinator
    • Special education parent/student advocate
    • Academic or behavioral interventionist
    • Careers with a variety of disability organizations

    View a sample plan of classes or a complete list of program requirements.

    Your required coursework will include special education courses as well as human development and diversity and social justice classes.

    In addition, you’ll work with your adviser to select courses from one area of interest to enhance your special education coursework. Examples include but are not limited to: Deaf studies; speech-language-hearing sciences; mental health, wellbeing, and resilience; elementary education; reading; math; social studies; learning technologies; or psychological foundations of education.


    Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Tuition and Financial Aid page for information on tuition.


    Special education scholarships, fellowships, and awards

    Incoming first-year students who are interested in special education are automatically considered for the Campbell Scholarship for Education. Visit the Office of Admissions scholarships page for more information on this and additional CEHD scholarships available to incoming first-year students.


    Robert Henery


    Amy Kunkel

    Assistant teaching professor, special education licensure coordinator, ABS program lead

    Jennifer McComas


    Charissa O'Neill

    Field placement coordinator

    Kathy Seifert

    Director of Undergraduate Studies


    Kathy Seifert

    Director of Undergraduate Studies

    Laura Paczkowski

    Academic advisor