Special Education, Multicategorical Major

Make an impact on your students' lives. An impact that truly matters.

As a special education teacher, you'll play a critical role in your students' development. You will make a lasting impression on your students and their families. Discover teaching and behavioral strategies for each child in your care. This challenging program prepares you to work in a classroom or in the community.

Why study special education at the College of Charleston?

Our program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). You'll enjoy a strong sense of community and camaraderie with your peers. Prepare for positions within community agencies and graduate programs. You'll train to lead in and out of the classroom.

What will I learn?

You will develop skills that allow you to adapt easily. Learn classroom management skills. You'll gain teaching strategies. You'll learn how to communicate with students, parents, colleagues and the community. Study inclusive teaching practices. You'll learn how to support students with diverse needs. 

View Curriculum: Special Education

Program Highlights

Special education focuses on the multiple ways disabilities interact with schooling. Our program covers special education for Pre-K through twelfth-grade students. You'll develop a strong sense of community with your peers.
  • Hands-On Learning

    You will take part in many classroom field experiences. You'll observe and interact with instructors and students. These hands-on experiences will boost your practical understanding of education. Your clinical practice experience prepares you to be a compassionate leader in the classroom.

  • Internships & Clinical Experiences

    During your senior year, you will complete a 14-week clinical practice experience. This experience prepares you to be an effective and compassionate teacher. You also have access to a variety of internship opportunities. We have close connections with the community. You may lead a service-learning project, collaborate with faculty on research projects or get hands-on experience working at an after-school program.

Careers & Outcomes

We prepare you for lead instructor positions in schools. You will also be able to work within community agencies or continue to a graduate program. You'll be ready to join a classroom in the Lowcountry or beyond.