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Special Education & Rehabilitation: Special Education Emphasis

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The Cross Categorical K-12 Special Education Teacher Preparation Program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. The program consists of a three semester sequence of coursework and culminates in a one semester (15 weeks) supervised internship in an approved special education setting with a certified special education teacher. The program is competency based and is organized around national (INTASC/Council for Exceptional Children/CEC) and State of Arizona teacher certification standards.

Major Details

College: College of Education
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see t for more information.

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 English Composition 3
First Semester Second Language 4
TTE 197a Freshman Success 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
Foundation Mathematics 3
ENGL 102 English Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MATH 302a Teaching Elem Math 3
LCEV 408 Methods of Teaching English 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
MATH 302b Teaching Elem Math 3
LCEV 416 Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) Methods 3
SERP 400 Survey Exceptional Students 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
SERP 405 Foundations of Learning Disabilities 3
SERP 407A Academic Assessment of Students with High Incidence Disabilities 3
SERP 407B Instructional Strategies for Students with High Incidence Disabilities 3
SERP 409 Foundations of High Incidence Disabilities 3
SERP 475A Practicum in Special Education 2
EDP 301 Child Development 3
6th Semester
SERP 403 Special Services in Schools 3
SERP 497E Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education 3
SERP 475B Practicum in Special Education 2
SERP 408A Assessment ¿ High Incidence Disabilities/Middle/High Focus 3
SERP 408B Instructional Methods - High Incidence Disabilities/Middle/High Focus 3
6th Semester Summer
U.S & Arizona Constitution or American National Government 3
Arizona State Government 3
7th Semester
LRC 480 Children's Literature 3
SERP 402 Behavior Principles 3
SERP 404 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners 3
SERP 415 Physical & Multiple Disabilities 3
SERP 475B Practicum in Special Education 2
8th Semester
SERP 493 Student Teaching 12

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from a major in Special Education and Rehabilitation in the Special Education concentration of child development, pedagogy, behavioral principles, and assessment prepare students to work with children with disabilities and special health care needs in a variety of educational settings. This major leads to a teaching certification, but graduates may also seek work outside of the classroom in administration, advocacy, or curriculum design. This concentration is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in education, public health, social work, or counseling. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Teaching
  • Education administration
  • Curriculum design
  • Outreach
  • Health care administration
  • Patient advocacy
  • Program coordination
  • Educational materials development

Sample Employers

  • Preschools
  • School districts
  • Colleges and universities
  • Learning centers
  • Government agencies
  • Health departments
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Day care centers
  • Hospitals
  • Textbook and school supply manufacturers

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Special Education Teacher, Kindergarten/Elementary $34,700 - $52,300
Special Education Teacher, Middle School $36,400 - $53,400
Special Education Teacher, High School $36,600 - $54,800
Special Education Technology Specialist $33,000 - $57,000
Patient Advocate $27,612 - $51,895
Health Services Administrator $41,450 - $72,875
Special Education Director $58,300 - $87,000
Educational Diagnostician $27,000 - $73,000
Curriculum Specialist $28,000 - $83,000
Child Life Specialist $22,560 - $34,300