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Special Education K-12 Learning Disabilities

Program Details

All Special Education programs have identical coursework except the student teaching course. Each program area requires student teaching within the identified special education disability. It is important for special education teachers to know about all disabilities. Students in the Special Education - Learning Disabilities program are preparing to teach Special Education classes in grades K-12. This program requires 51 credits including in-person field experiences in many of the courses as well as a nine-week student teaching experience. Students must verify content proficiency through the passage of a state-approved content exam (AEPA). This specialization provides candidates with an educational foundation based on theoretical and conceptual frameworks and best practices that are widely accepted by experts in the field, and an in-depth understanding of learning styles and self-determination for the learning disabled. At the end of this program, teachers are able to understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students, understand how children learn and develop, and can provide learning opportunities that support a child’s intellectual, social, and personal development. As well as understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage student development of critical-thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills, and plan instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.


Post-Baccalaureate courses are designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university. 

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


Many states will NOT accept Arizona Certificates if there are deficiencies listed on the certificate.