student teacher leading an elementary school class

About the Special Education Program

Westminster College’s Special Education program prepares you to work with students who have high-incidence disabilities, including learning disabilities, behavioral and emotional disorders, and communication disorders. As you progress through the program, you will learn practices that nurture and develop equity and inclusion for all students, gain experience in the classroom, and earn a K–12 teaching license in mild/moderate disabilities.



Student Resources

Research Guide

If you need help with research for any of your courses, Giovale Library has a research guide for the School of Education programs. There, you will find information that will assist you in finding background info, books, films, articles, and curriculum materials, as well as resources that will help you cite your sources.

View The Research Guide

Additional Financial Aid Opportunities

TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is available to undergraduate students who are completing or plan to complete the coursework needed to begin a teaching career. This grant is different from other federal grants because it requires you to agree to complete 4 years of qualifying teaching as a condition for getting the grant and preventing it from turning into a loan.

T.H. Bell Scholarship

The T.H. Bell Scholarship is available for those intent on entering the teaching profession in Utah.

Student Perspective

Rylee

Rylee

Westminster’s education faculty is one of the most valuable parts of Rylee’s (’21) education—they are incredibly supportive, and the ability to connect with them in small classes helps Rylee and other students learn to become a successful teacher.

When Rylee isn’t in class, Griff’s Roost is a top destination on campus to spend free time and pick up a specialty drink—the “Rylee Palmer.” Rylee has also dedicated time to participate in the Griffin Quest leadership program and the First Year Network mentoring program.

Emily

Emily

Emily's ('20) favorite thing about the Special Education program is the supportive faculty that help you with field placements, where all of your learning is hands-on. Faculty will help you move through the program to graduation with confidence.

In spare time on campus, Emily is a part of the cheer team and hangs out at Griff's Roost with friends.


Meet the Faculty

Anneliese Cannon, Ph.D

Anneliese Cannon, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Eleonor Castillo, Ph.D

Eleonor Castillo, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Kalani Eggington, Ph.D

Kalani Eggington, Ph.D

Associate Professor
Bradley Kahrs

Bradley Kahrs

Associate Professor
Lowell Oswald, Ph.D

Lowell Oswald, Ph.D

Associate Professor
Rebecca Penerosa, Ph.D

Rebecca Penerosa, Ph.D

Assistant Professor