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Lynch School of Education

Special Education


The Special Education Concentration is available to Lynch School of Education students only. This includes students majoring in Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Applied Psychology & Human Development who have an interest in special needs education.  The minor consists of four courses that include one Teacher Education core required course (ED044); two Special Education courses (ED208 and ED373); and options for the fourth course.  Selection of the fourth course should be made in consultation with the student’s advisor, with consideration for the student’s major and interests.

Download a list of program requirements (PDF)


Interested students must complete a declaration of minor form and submit it to either Campion 104 or 106D.


The Department of Teacher Education, Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction has designed a Special Education Minor available for students in Elementary Education and Secondary Education as well as students in the Applied Psychology & Human Development major. The minor is designed to enhance the ability of future professionals to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of children in America’s schools.  ED208, Educational Strategies: Children with Special Needs and ED373, Classroom Management, combined with ED044 Working with Special Needs Students, provide an excellent background in responding to the wide range of learning and behavior problems that may be encountered in a general education classroom. The elective(s) will be selected from a wide choice of courses offered in the graduate program in Moderate and Intense Special Needs.


The advantages to the minor include:

  • Broader array of teaching approaches to enhance learning for all students.
  • Exploration of specific classroom management techniques that promote a positive climate for learning, encourage student collaboration and acceptance of individual differences.
  • Greater competence in dealing with significant learning problems including reading and math disabilities, social/emotional problems and those related to sensory and physical factors.
  • Opportunity to explore career options related to individuals with special needs (e.g. speech/language pathology, school counseling, specialized areas such as teacher of the deaf or visually impaired, etc.)
  • Increased flexibility of employment.


Lynch School Faculty in Special Education

Dr. Bottema-Beutel, Campion 213, Moderate to Intesive Special Needs

Dr. Susan Bruce, Campion 120, Severe and Multiple Disabilities

Dr. Richard Jackson, Campion 209, General Special Education & UDL

Dr. Alec Peck, Campion 210, Moderate Special Needs

Dr. David Scanlon, Campion 218, Moderate Special Needs