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Special Education (B.S.)

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Make an impact teaching.

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? In the special education major you will develop the skills and competencies required of effective K-12 special education teachers. Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional and mental abilities and neurodivergent students.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are compassionate, patient and creative.
  • Want to help youths with special needs.
  • Have strong leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Are willing to work hard to overcome challenges.
  • Have strong communication skills.

Career Opportunities

  • Special education resource room teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Consultant
  • Youth development specialist
  • Director of childcare
  • Trainer of professionals who work with those with special needs
  • School or program specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Advocate for individuals with disabilities, families and school districts

Internship Opportunities

  • Schools public & private

Suggested Dual Majors

Clubs and Organizations

  • Association for the Education of Young Children - East Central Student Chapter
  • South Dakota Education Association – Student Chapter

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.