Bachelor of Arts in Special Education with Nevada Licensure

The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education provides a broad, rigorous education that prepares candidates for a career as a special education teacher, grades K through 12. The program introduces candidates to essential knowledge, connections across the disciplines and application of knowledge to life beyond the University. This degree program gives candidates an enriched and provocative curriculum that incorporates content across subject areas and with specific educational methodology courses. This program prepares candidates for professional work as K-12 special education teachers in a changing cultural and economic environment.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of typical and atypical development and characteristics of students with disabilities and other special needs
  • Design the environment, teaching and learning strategies including fairness, equity and access to meet the needs of diverse student learning.
  • Apply best practice standards, learning theories, methodologies, technology, and assessments across content areas to manage, monitor, and engage student learning.
  • Use technology, collaboration with other professionals, and systematic reflection of one's own teaching practice to target student learning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of effective leadership by advocating for exceptional individuals, including those with diverse needs and by collaborating within the professional education community.


To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, candidates must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University and 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper division level, and a mimimum of 70.5 units of university general education requirements. In absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Candidates must demonstrate competency with passing scores on PRAXIS I II examinations.
Preparation for the Major (3 courses; 10.5 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (22 courses; 96.75 quarter units)
ALL Teacher Education courses (TED) have a field experience component. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA within all TED course work and grades of “D” or “F” are not acceptable in TED courses. All major course work must be completed and PRAXIS I and II passed prior to student teaching. TED 320 must be satisfactorily passed prior to beginning course work in the major.
Major Requirements (9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)
Special Education Major Requirements (10 courses; 45 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Student Teaching Requirements (3 courses; 11.25 quarter units)
Candidates MUST pass PRAXIS I & II examinations prior to Student Teaching. SPD 481, 487 and 481B courses receive a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grade and are not factored into the cumulative GPA.
Core Requisite(s):