A special education degree from Dominican will prepare you to provide high-quality educational experiences for students with disabilities.

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A career in special education provides many opportunities for caring educators to experience the satisfaction of helping children with special needs achieve and develop in the context of a supportive educational environment. 

At Dominican, you will work with respected mentors and experts in the field to develop skills and approaches that make a difference in the lives of students and their families. The special education program focuses on the unique needs of children with learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, autism, intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury and other health impairments.

Students in the special education program share a deep commitment to working with children and their families. The program is ideal for:

  • Licensed teachers who wish to gain a Learning Behavior Specialist 1 endorsement in special education
  • College graduates who do not hold a valid educator license and wish to enter the field of education as a licensed special education teacher
  • Teachers who are licensed at the undergraduate level in special education and now wish to pursue a master's degree

Dominican University’s School of Education is accredited by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. We have a long history of preparing special education teachers and leaders, and our program has a strong reputation with schools for the quality of our candidates.

Master of Science in Special Education program brochure (pdf)

The Dominican Difference

Rooted in the Sinsinawa tradition, the School of Education at Dominican University improves the human condition through education. We develop and support effective educators who transform ideas and challenges into solutions that impact diverse schools and communities to create a more just and humane world. We respond to the challenge that with knowledge comes ethical responsibility. The Dominican educator is passionate and prepared to “go where the work is great and difficult.” By providing candidates with a course of study that emphasizes the acquisition of professional knowledge, the expansion of personal insight, and an appreciation of diversity, the School of Education furthers the mission of Dominican University.

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