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Special Education, B.A.

College of Education

Get ready for a career that allows you to improve the quality of life for students with various disabilities. This degree will prepare you to teach across the pre-K through 12th grade, up to 21 years old.

Gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to become a special education teacher for all grade levels. Positively impact the lives of students with diverse needs from mild intellectual disabilities to emotional behavior disorders. Our program leads to the S.C. multi-categorical special education certification.

Program Highlights

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    Real Experiences

    Complete field experiences throughout the program in a variety of classroom settings.

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    Curriculum meets Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation standards and South Carolina teacher requirements.

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    Prepared to Work

    Students will be prepared to work as a special education teacher in grades Pre-K through 12.

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    Expert Faculty

    Our outstanding faculty is well-versed in teaching methods for students with various support needs.

What You’ll Study

Learn proven teaching methods from award-winning special education professors who will guide you through classroom experiences. Understand how to select, adapt and use instructional strategies to promote positive learning and to modify learning environments that meet individual needs.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Empathy

    Understanding and sharing the feelings of others, and demonstrating compassion and support


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

    Multicultural Awareness

    Understanding cultural variation and adapting behaviors and communication styles accordingly

  • Handling Conflict

    Resolving disagreements or disputes between individuals or groups in a fair and constructive manner


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential


    Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Special Education Teacher

Workplace Settings

  • Education

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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