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Special Education is a challenging and rewarding career for anyone who is willing to work hard and wants to make a difference in the lives of others. The faculty and staff in the Special Education Program take pride in offering excellent, student-centered programs at the bachelor's and master's levels. All of our programs are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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The mission of the Special Education program is to prepare highly-skilled teachers as well as to provide leadership to the field of Special Education at local, state, national and international levels for the purpose of assisting individuals with disabilities in acquiring greater independence in an increasingly diverse and technological, global community. Philosophically, research-based theory and practices are the foundations of our teacher-training program. The Special Education program is committed to the preparation of personnel who celebrate and foster Inclusion, Diversity, and Multiculturalism.

Undergraduate and graduate programs are organized around two sequences of study that lead to one or more areas of Special Education teacher certification in the state of Oklahoma. Special Education degree programs at UCO offer teacher certification in the areas of Mild-Moderate Disabilities and/or Severe-Profound/Multiple Disabilities.

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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for Special Education - Severe-Profound/Multiple Disabilities include:

  • Education
  • Child care
  • Counseling
Not sure what to do with a Special Education - Severe-Profound/Multiple Disabilities degree? Check out our career guide.

Scholarships & Tuition Waivers

Incoming freshmen are eligible for a variety of scholarships within the General Academic Scholarship Program. There are multiple scholarships specific to the College of Education and Professional Studies.

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