Special Education

The Special Education (P-12) undergraduate program at the University of Saint Francis offers an exemplary program designed to provide an ideal balance of theory and practice, while integrating educational technology into instructional practices for students with exceptionalities. The Special Education program will prepare you to teach students with exceptionalities from preschool to high school. Throughout your degree program, you will complete at least 300 field-based hours prior to student teaching, giving you plenty of opportunities to interact with children of multiple abilities and talents, coming from diverse backgrounds.

Today’s diverse classrooms are a dynamic mixture of learning styles and individual differences. Students with mild exceptionalities are members of general education classrooms. The University of Saint Francis recognizes and uplifts these differences by preparing you to successfully teach all students in inclusive and resource classrooms. In USF’s education programs, you will learn to “teach to reach,” or teach children to reach their highest levels of learning.   Special Education majors may also pursue elementary education to provide even more career options after graduation. Special Education is a high priority field in our schools today!

You will find that your class sizes and the interactive instructional practices used at USF promote strong interpersonal relationships between you, your peers and professors. Faculty members bring a wealth of public and private school experiences to the classroom and all hold advanced degrees in their professional fields. Faculty advisers take the time to understand your potential and needs so they can guide you as you plan your personalized program and manage the complexities of university life. They also maintain an open-door policy to ensure that you receive the individual attention that will boost your mind and spirit as you work toward becoming a professional educator.