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Bachelor’s in Special Education, BAE

The BA in Special Education (SPED) prepares teacher candidates to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of children and adolescents with learning and intellectual disabilities, severe emotional and behavior disorders, and other disabilities. This intensive, field-based program prepares every candidate to work democratically at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. It leads to the Illinois LBS1 teaching credential.


Why Roosevelt for your Bachelor's

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Flexible Courses

Roosevelt has a history of serving nontraditional and traditional undergraduate students and schedules, and classes are designed to meet the needs of full-time and part-time students.

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A Legacy of Social Justice

Undergraduate programs within the College of Education prepare students to transform schools and communities in the pursuit of knowledge and social justice. Through the continuous evaluation and refinement of academic programs and courses, offerings are kept current and relevant to real-world contexts and professional standards of quality.

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100% Pass Rate

The program has a 100% pass rate on the edTPA--the capstone assessment required for teacher licensure in Illinois. It also is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.


“Every one of my professors knew my name and my story, and that’s true for all the students they had in their class. It felt like a genuine connection.”


Rebecca Moss, '16
Special Education Chair, Thornton Fractional North High School