Childhood Education/Special Education Grades 1-6

School of Education & Human Services

Teaching children with special needs at the elementary school level requires unique strategies and techniques, as each student will have very specific educational requirements. A childhood special education teacher works with a variety of special-needs children, including those with physical, developmental, behavioral and/or sensory-impaired challenges. Consider this program if you want to make a difference in the lives of students with special needs in grades 1 through 6.

$885/credit hour
2 years
54 Credits, Full-time or Part-time
Program Format
On Campus
Initial Childhood and SWD 1-6
Currently Accepting Applications For
Spring, Summer, Fall

The program will prepare you for Childhood Special Education teaching certification in grades 1 through 6. You will study psychological and social factors that can affect learning, along with proven techniques for teaching young children at these grade levels who have diverse learning needs.
Coursework includes childhood learning and development, reading and writing for students with disabilities, inclusive strategies, and childhood learning and behavioral disorders. The student teaching semester gives you hands-on experience in a elementary education setting serving children with disabilities. You will be prepared for Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Students With Disabilities (Grades 1-6) certification.


The graduate special education programs offer flexibility to enroll full-time or part time to meet your scheduling needs.

"What I learned at Canisius prepared me for writing IEPs, progress notes, and forming relationships with my students’ families."
Claire Boehly '19

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