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Special Education is a Program Area in the School of Teacher Education within the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences. Graduates in the area of Special Education continue the tradition of excellence with their high levels of preparation and dedication to the profession. In recent years, students have held leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels in the professional organization, Student Council for Exceptional Children.

The Special Education/Elementary Education program combines the strong core-content instructional areas taught in elementary education with the strong differentiated-instruction skills for students with mild learning and behavior disabilities (LBD).  Both skill areas must be mastered for teachers working with LBD students who receive the majority of their instruction in a general education classroom with the inclusion model at any grade level.  Upon successful completion of the requirements for this new teacher program, each candidate will be eligible for job openings in either special education LBD: grades P-12 or elementary education, grades P-5.

At the graduate level, students may elect a Master of Arts in Education in either Learning and Behavior Disorders P-12 or Moderate and Severe Disabilities P-12. Admission requirements for both areas depend upon the applicant's initial certification.

At the post-master's level, students may pursue a Planned Sixth-Year (Rank I) or endorsement for Director of Special Education.


Special Education for Learning and Behavior Disorders

Bachelor of Science

Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Education

Special Education for Moderate and Severe Disabilities

Master of Arts in Education

Advanced Behavior Management



Program Coordinator Undergraduate

Dr. Janet Tassell
Dr. Janet Tassell
- Professor, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator

Program Coordinator Graduate

Dr. Andrea Paganelli
Dr. Andrea Paganelli
- Associate Professor, Grad Program Coordinator




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1906 College Heights Blvd. #11030,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030

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 Last Modified 3/11/21