Special Education

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Bachelor of Arts
School of Education
Three- or Four-Year Degree


A special education teacher is more than an instructor—they’re an instrument for social change. We prepare teaching candidates to work with students who have a wide range of learning, cognitive, emotional, and physical abilities through practices that nurture and develop equity and inclusion for all students.

Who It's For

Our unique Special Education program is a perfect addition to your elementary license, as it will give you the tools to make a difference in your classroom by supporting a wide range of academic and behavioral needs.

Key Benefits

  • Learn in a hands-on, collaborative environment. Teachers offer in-classroom instruction and practice in actual school settings.
  • Develop your skills through valuable mentorship. Faculty support students through individualized attention and constructive feedback.
  • Make lasting connections. You'll build relationships with local agencies, organizations, advocacy groups, and service providers within the disability community.

“I have students at three different grade levels in my classroom. Because of my special education minor from Westminster, I am able to differentiate my lessons to meet all of my students’ needs.”

Heather VanOrden, Dual Licensure in ELED and SPED
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About the Program

What You'll Learn

  • Develop foundational skills like advocacy and inclusion for great teaching.
  • Gain valuable instruction in trusted, research-based strategies to teach, assess student learning, and collaborate with families through our program, which is aligned with CEC's Professional Educator Preparation Standards.
  • Develop lesson plans, work with the diverse needs of students, and get to know the daily requirements of this student population by working in actual K–12 classroom.

Plan of Study

Liberal Education Courses

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.

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“Getting my special education license at the same time I was earning my elementary license allowed me to meet the needs of students with academic and behavioral challenges in ways that I wouldn’t have been able to if I had only focused on elementary education.”

BreAnna Priest, Dual Licensure in ELED and SPED
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Learn More About the Special Education Program

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Learn About Tuition

You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, there are other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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