Make a lifelong difference for diverse learners with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education
The individualization of instruction is an important part of special education. Learn how instruction and assessment can be tailored to meet the needs of each child with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Marymount University. Our program, within the School of Education, will prepare you to be a highly skilled teacher with the ability to accommodate the individual needs of diverse learners.
In this program, you’ll help primary and secondary learners meet challenges in literacy and mathematics, conquer communication skills, transition into the learning community, and more. You’ll learn how to identify, research, and implement the best instructional strategies and techniques.
One of the leading teacher education programs in the Metro D.C. area, Marymount prepares its graduates to enter the special education teaching profession and play a critical role in shaping young minds.
- Programs designed for teachers, by teachers
Marymount’s experienced and dedicated faculty members fully support and engage their students in our small, collaborative classes. They are subject matter experts in special education, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, literacy, STEM, and more. You’ll partner with them on groundbreaking academic research and professional conferences.
- Classroom ready
Our Bachelor of Arts in Special Education program gets you ‘classroom ready’ to be a leader in education. Learn and collaborate with students pursuing different types of education degrees. Engage with other lifelong learners who share diverse perspectives and educational experiences. And, participate in a 14-week senior practicum under the mentorship of a special education teacher and university supervisor.
- Purposeful experiences
Research. Internships. Study abroad. Marymount provides you with purposeful field experiences through established partnerships with local schools and other academic institutions in the Metro D.C. area, across the nation, and globally. You’ll put your coursework into practice participating in fieldwork, internships and other hands-on clinical environments. Placements are also available in Europe, South America, and New Zealand for half of the required 14-week practicum. We also sponsor service learning study abroad opportunities in Colombia, Panama, and Uganda.
- 120 credits
- $1,190 per credit hour
- Courses offered on site, remote, or hybrid
- Fall and Spring intakes
- Choice to complete your Education degree in 4 years or add on a Master’s in Special Education with just one additional year
- Teacher preparation programs accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- Marymount University is accredited by the Southern Assoc. of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
- Scholarships and loan forgiveness available through the Virginia Dept. of Education
- Completed application submitted through the Marymount Application or Common App (application for the teacher licensure program is completed after first year or during sophomore year)
- High school transcripts
- Letter(s) of recommendation
- Personal essay (optional)
- Updated résumé
- Non-native English speakers must meet our English Language Proficiency Requirement
- Students or former students of schools outside the U.S. may be considered international applicants, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, and be subject to additional international admissions requirements
Marymount University does not consider SAT/ACT scores for admission or scholarship purposes.
Program Curriculum Snapshot
ED 200SL: Foundations of Teaching and Learning
Designed to explore education and teaching as a profession, stressing the philosophical, historical, legal, and societal aspects of education in the U.S. Also analyzes contemporary issues that affect students and schooling.
ED 323: Literacy Instruction — Diagnosis and Corrective Strategies
Focuses on the characteristics, identification, analysis, and intervention strategies for reading disabilities. Also addresses the prevention of reading failure and strategies for the collection and analysis of reading behavior.
ED 345: Transition, Family, and Community Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Designed to provide educators with a broad overview of career and transition programming critical to the development of children and youth with disabilities. Explores the importance of counseling and working with families of students with disabilities. The availability of community resources to assist both parents and children with disabilities will also be discussed.
Career and Salary Possibilities
With Special Education teaching licensure, alumni from Marymount are employed in nearly every school district in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Earning a degree in Education will also open the door to jobs outside the classroom. In addition to teachers, Marymount graduates with a degree in Special Education hold jobs such as:
- Corporate trainer
- Curriculum developer
- Dept. chair or assistant principal
- Government agency administrator
- Instructional design specialist
The median pay for Special Education teachers in the U.S. was $61,820, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook for 2021. The projected increase in Special Education teaching jobs from 2021-2031 is projected at 4%, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Meet Our Faculty
We are a dedicated community of dynamic teacher-scholars who are not only experts in the field, but also passionate and innovative educators creating learning experiences that ensure all students succeed. Our faculty and staff have advised, nurtured, and inspired students for many decades. We prepare educational leaders and caring practitioners for diverse learning communities with a focus on service, global perspectives, and academic excellence. Our programs are well known for their small class sizes and for the personalized attention students receive from expert faculty. Graduates of our programs gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to make a difference in the lives of others, across the nation, and the world.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if you wish to receive additional information about our programs, resources, or activities. Join our vibrant community which affords limitless opportunities for both your professional and personal development. We all look forward to welcoming you to our School of Education!
Join us in making a difference!
Dr. Lisa Turissini
“The highlight of the program for me is its access to global education. I was able to travel to Panama and South Africa, as well as student teach in New Zealand. I really enjoyed learning about different school systems and experiencing different cultures. Most of my current students have autism and are Tongan, Samoan, Māori, and Iranian. It’s very challenging, resources are limited, and teacher knowledge on special education varies quite a bit, but I love it. I’m constantly advocating for the kids to take advantage of every opportunity Marymount gives you. You never know where it may take you!” — Michaela Reardon, Class of 2018, Outreach Teacher of Special Education in Auckland, New Zealand