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Elementary Special Education

Bachelor of Science (BS)

The program in Integrated Elementary Education and Special Education prepares students to teach children with disabilities and children in general education classrooms. Upon successful completion of course work and specified Praxis II national examinations, students will be recommended for Connecticut teacher certification in special education (comprehensive, grades K-12) and elementary education (grades K-6).

The Elementary Education/Special Education professional preparation program focuses on preparing candidates with an in-depth understanding of disabilities in addition to understanding the developmental, academic, and social needs of all children. Practicum placements are made with children with disabilities as well as in general education classrooms. Knowledge and understanding of the theories and skills of diagnosis, curricular planning and instructional design, and evaluation of student performance are developed through a sequence of course work, seminars, field observation, student teaching, conferences, lectures, practical, and other activities.

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Rachel Strauss '13, an elementary/special education major in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, talks about volunteering during her gap year in Israel.