Many people hear about the major “special education” and wonder what it's all about. Hopefully, we can clear that up a little bit in this post!
Not only can Special Education majors work in elementary schools, but they also have the unique ability to work with students at any grade level. Special Educators strive to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults with special needs throughout their entire educational career. So, without further ado, we’d like to present a few fun facts about the special education major!
Fun Fact #1: Service is a fundamental part of the Special Education major. Not only are you asked to serve as a part of the application process, but you will have opportunities to do service and have hands-on experiences in the classroom throughout your years studying here at BYU.
Fun Fact #2: There are so many amazing aspects of the special education program, one of which is to learn more about the different disabilities you may encounter as a special educator. For example, you will learn about different types of disabilities under each of the thirteen categories and how to better serve the needs of these students. Some of these disabilities include autism, cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairments, and many more.
Fun Fact #3: Within the major, there are two different paths you can follow: Mild/Moderate and Severe/Profound. While both focus on academics and social behavior, there are also some differences. The Mild/Moderate emphasis focuses on self-advocacy while the Severe/Profound emphasis focuses more on teaching occupational and functional life skills.
Fun Fact #4: Special education professors are committed to the future success of individuals with special needs in the workplace and are working to increase job opportunities. Professors have started to encourage special education students to earn an endorsement in secondary mathematics for special educators from the Utah State Board of Education. This endorsement will increase the number of teachers to help students improve their math skills (which can help prepare them for future jobs in STEM). If you like math and want to increase employment opportunities for people with special needs, consider earning this endorsement!
Fun Fact #5: Since there are two different emphases you can choose from, the length of the program varies. For example, the Severe emphasis is 66 credit hours, while the Mild/Moderate path is only 63. The optional minors for education majors are also offered to both of these paths of study.
Although these are just a few fun facts about the Special Education program, there is so much more to it. It is an incredible program, with so many opportunities. If you would like to learn more please feel free to email us!
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