Bachelor of Science in special education

Become a top-notch educator with the Bachelor of Science in special education. By completing this program, you will earn a Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate in Cognitive Impairment allowing to teach children wo are cognitively impaired in grades K-12 and post-Education programs through the age of 26 years. You will also add a second teaching area from a broad variety of grade levels and subject areas.


  • Cognitive Impairment

What you will learn

With a bachelor's in special education degree, you'll be prepared to work and help special needs students to learn and grow. You will focus on mastering your additional teaching area(s), learning exciting and cutting-edge techniques to teach the material (pedagogy), and practicing your craft while completing your clinical experiences, which are woven throughout your program. In addition to becoming a highly prepared & qualified educator, you will also prepare to pass your teacher certification test and become a certified teacher in Michigan.


Students with a major in Special education will have a concentration in cognitive impairment and the choose to add an additional teaching area from the choices below. Our Advising Guides are a great to explore your cognitive impairment coursework, and your additional teaching area coursework. Students also have the option to add Adaptive Physical Education K-12 to their program.

Grade Bands
Grades 3-6
English Language Arts K-12
Mathematics 5-9
Mathematics 7-12

Real-world experiences and opportunities

Throughout your program you will have the opportunity to observe, interact, and even take the lead in classroom environment. You will work with mentor teachers, clinical instructional coaches, and faculty to become prepared to take on your first classroom when you graduate.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate students entering Wayne State University, either from high school or transferring from other accredited universities or colleges, are admitted to the education pre-major or directly into their bachelor's degree program depending on what area(s) they choose to teach.

Learn more

Develop the knowledge and skills that are essential for success as a future educator. With a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, you'll be one step closer to making the difference in the lives of children with special needs.


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The College of Education educator preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  


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