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Severe Developmental Disabilities Option, Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

Special Education is a rapidly growing career field. This program will prepare you to be a highly trained professional who provides instruction and services to children and youth with disabilities.

Why choose Special Education at UCM?
Option 2: Severely Developmentally Disabled

  1. A national shortage of well-trained, qualified special educators assures our graduates ample teaching positions in Missouri and across the nation.
  2. UCM's Student Council for Exceptional Children chapter is one of the largest and most active student CEC chapters in Missouri.
  3. UCM's programs are fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE),

What will I study?

  1. Students will gain knowledge from programs centered around the Professional Standards and Competencies established by the Council for Exceptional Children, and meet the Missouri coursework requirements for teacher certification in SDD.

Courses include:

  1. Screening, Diagnosing and Prescribing Instruction
  2. Career Development for Student with Disabilities
  3. Behavior Management Techniques
  4. Evaluation of Ability and Achievement

Related areas of concentration:

  1. Cross-Categorical Disabilities
  2. Early Childhood Special Education

What can I do with a degree in Special Education?

  1. Work with children and youth from Birth to grade 12 who have severe developmental disabilities in school and community settings.

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How can I get involved outside the classroom?
At UCM, we value an engaging learning experience that includes student involvement and service-learning projects.

In special education, there is the opportunity to be involved in UCM's Student Council for Exceptional Children chapter.

About our Faculty:
The student to faculty ratio at UCM is 19 to 1, which allows professors to get to know students and provide personalized attention.

UCM's Special Education faculty includes five full-time instructors who have extensive backgrounds in the public schools as teachers and administrators. All faculty members hold positions of leadership in state, regional and national organizations related to individuals with disabilities.

Learn more about Special Education at UCM:
Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development

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