Special Education/Childhood Education

Undergraduate: Major

School of Education & Human Services

Many of today’s elementary school classrooms – grades 1 to 6 – are made up of diverse student groups including students with unique developmental and physical challenges. The study of both special education and childhood education will prepare you for a variety of rewarding careers in the inclusive school setting.

Program Description

The program prepares you for teaching both Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education which covers students with disabilities. Upon completion, you will be qualified to teach at the grades 1 to 6 level and in high needs classroom settings. The curriculum emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to meet the assessment and learning needs of a diverse range of childhood students.

You will learn how to acquire knowledge of each student, and promote student development and learning achievement regardless of the student’s learning abilities. Coursework is complemented by field learning opportunities to provide hands-on experience in teaching childhood students with disabilities, including emotional and behavioral disorders.

Jazmine Hargrave-WilliamsStudent Testimonials

"From service learning and practicum hours to student teaching placements, along with the guidance of my professors, I spent valuable time in the classroom putting theory to practice thus developing my own unique teaching style." See how the Special Education Program at Canisius helped our alumni advance their careers:

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The program teaches the definitions, causes, psychological and behavioral characteristics of disabilities as outlined in IDEA – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Diverse School Placements

Giving students experience with disadvantaged populations is an extension of Canisius' mission as a Jesuit institution. Kate Campanaro '18 talks about her field experience in diverse school settings and how it has prepared her to be a better teacher.


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