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Special Education

Bachelor of Science

Winthrop’s Special Education program was created to enhance the preparation of future teachers to meet the growingly diverse and unique needs of children with disabilities. One of very few of its kind, this program leads to the triple certification of our candidates and diversifies teacher opportunities our graduates will have in PK-12 schools. Specifically, Special Education program graduates will leave Winthrop with initial teaching licensures in: PK-12 Multi-categorical Disabilities, PK-12 Severe Disabilities, and Elementary Education Grades 2-6. Through our program’s commitment to access, collaboration, research and innovation, learning, and relationships, we believe this level of preparation will optimize our candidates’ preparedness to provide rich, high-quality learning environments for all children and their families. 


Curriculum & Learning Opportunities

The Special Education Program offers students small classes, ensuring more individualized support from program faculty. Early clinical experiences and application-based opportunities are key features of the program with the earliest field experiences beginning freshman year. In Year 4 of the program, teacher candidates participate in a 3-day-per-week internship in their first semester and a 5-day-per-week internship in the same placement second semester.

Special Educational majors also have the opportunity during their sophomore year to complete a semester abroad.

Winthrop University faculty and students are active in the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The CEC, a non-profit professional association, supports special education professionals and others working on behalf of individuals with exceptionalities by advocating for appropriate governmental policies, setting professional standards, providing continuing professional development, advocating for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helping professionals achieve the conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

In addition to completing coursework and required field experiences, teacher candidates are encouraged to become actively involved in Winthrop's chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children, engage in research with faculty and local teachers, attend and present at local, state, and national conferences, support the work of Winthrop Think College, a fully inclusive post-secondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 18 and over, through paid positions and/or volunteer opportunities and engage in social opportunities at the program level (e.g., movie, game, DIY, and study nights). 

Bachelor of Science in Special Education - Curriculum


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Beyond Graduation

Teach pre-kindergarten through secondary school-aged students with learning disabilities, emotional and behavior disorders, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and severe disabilities. Candidates can also teach in Grades 2-6 general education classrooms.

Non-traditional educational settings, such as youth group homes, juvenile detention centers, and other clinic-based settings serving children with disabilities and their families.

Advancement and specialization within the education sector (e.g., transition coordinator, behavioral interventionist, instructional coach) through additional graduate work.

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