Exceptionality & Disability

Many professionals work with persons with disabilities in a variety of venues other than schools and do not require the same pedagogical knowledge base expected of special education teachers. However, to effectively advocate for and to work with individuals with disabilities, it is imperative that professionals have a solid background in a variety of topics central to the provision of supports for individuals with disabilities.

Completion of the Exceptionality and Disability major results in a Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE) but graduates do not qualify for a teaching certificate. Students who complete this major typically want to work with individuals with disabilities in a variety of non-school settings, such as health and human services and non-profit organizations.

Examples of coursework include:

  • SPED 301 - Educational Psychology I: Development & Individual Differences
  • SPED 464 - Disability Law and IEP
  • SPED 468 - Effective Collaboration with Families, Professionals & Community

The Department of Special Education and Educational Leadership is part of Woodring College of Education.

Careers and Graduate Studies

A major in Exceptionality and Disability provides foundational knowledge to professionals who interface across a variety of settings, including school, home, agencies, and community.


Sample Careers

  • Supported employment provider
  • Supported living supervisor
  • Advocate
  • Community recreation specialist
  • Various positions with nonprofit agencies

Department of Special Education and Education Leadership

Exceptionality & Disability, BAE

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