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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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special education

"What Can I Do With a Major in...Special Education?"

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Special Education will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Understand the philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of the field of special education.
  • Identify the characteristics of exceptional learners in order to provide for accurate selection of programs and learning opportunities.
  • Become proficient in the use of assessment devices enabling effective diagnosis, evaluation and programming for exceptional learners.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of instructional content and best practices for children and youth with exceptioal learning needs.
  • Plan and manage the teaching and learning environment for students with disabilities in a variety of educational settings.
  • Understand the causes of student behavior and social interaction skills.
  • Develop effective communication and collaborative partnerships among educational professionals, parents, and stakeholders in the education of children and youth with exceptional learning needs.
  • Practice in the field of special education using established professional and ethical practices and resources for the enhanced learning of all children.

US Dept. of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

Related Career Titles

Teacher - Behaviorally Disordered K-12
Teacher - Cross Categorical Disabilities K-12
Teacher - Early Childhood Special Education Birth-Grade 3
Teacher - Educable Mentally Handicapped K-12
Teacher - Learning Disablities K-12
Teacher - Severely Developmentally Disabled K-12


Related Job Listings/ Job Search Website

Central Career Network -
Regional Education Applicant & Placement Program -
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education -
National Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse -
Success -
Jobs For Educators in Missouri Schools -
Agent K-12 - - -
MOREAP: Regional Education Applicant & Placement Program – -
Teaching Jobs Overseas: -
The Teacher’s Employment Network -
The Special Education Exchange - -
ABC Teaching Jobs -
Education America -
Teacher Jobs -
Teach Abroad -

Affiliated Organizations

Student Missouri State Teachers Association (UCM) -
Student Missouri National Education Association (UCM) -
Association for Childhood Education International (UCM) -
Association for the Education of Young Children (UCM) -
Collegiate Middle Level Association (UCM) -
Kappa Delta Pi (UCM) -
Leading Educator Advocates for Diversity (UCM) -
Student Council for Exceptional Children (UCM) -
Student Reading Council (UCM) -
Missouri State Teachers Association -
Missouri National Education Association -
Council for Exceptional Children -
National Association of Special Education Teachers -
National Education Association -
American Federation of Teachers -
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development -
Association of Teacher Educators -
National Association for the Education of Young Children -
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders –
Council for Learning Disabilities -
The Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities-
American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities-

Four-Year Academic Plan

Special Education: - Early Childhood Birth - Grade 3: B.S. in Ed. Degree -
Special Education: Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Disabilities K-12: B.S. in Ed. Degree -
Special Education: Severely Developmental Disabilities K-12: B.S. in Ed. Degree -

Career Library Resources

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Careers in Focus - Education
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Opportunities in Special Education Careers

The career paths listed are those which are commonly associated with this area of study and in no way does this site attempt to suggest that these are all of the career paths possible. Some of the career paths listed may require additional education, training, development, licenses and/or certifications. Listings of resources such as job listings, web links, professional organizations, library publications, and other information found on this page are believed to be accurate and true at the time published. The "What Can I Do With A Major In..." database is reviewed and updated every year in July. While no list is truly exhaustive, if you feel something should be added, deleted, changed or updated on this page, please contact the Office of Career Services by e-mail at and an out-of-cycle change will be completed.

Who Can Help Me

Amber Goreham
Career Development Coordinator