Undergraduate Special Education Program

This program will prepare you to teach: 

  • All subjects, grades K-5
  • Special education in grades K-12
  • Special education programs for adults with disabilities up to age 26

Special Education Major

Students in this program will complete a major in Special Education. You will have the opportunity to select from the following focus areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Early Childhood - General and Special Education
  • Emotional Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities

Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching Major

In addition to the Special Education major, students interested in special education will complete the Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching (CSAT) major. This program is designed for students seeking certification to teach in specialized areas at the elementary school level. It provides a solid foundation in subject-matter knowledge and pedagogical approaches across all content areas taught at these levels: fine arts, health and physical education, integrated science, language arts, mathematics, and social studies. Students complete several field experiences in classrooms, as well as learn to plan instruction and assessments and to understand and work with diverse populations, including extraordinary-needs learners. Our graduates have a unique combination of skills and experiences that are highly valued.

Content Areas

CSAT (Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching)

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Cognitive Impairment

Emotional Impairment

Early Childhood

Learning Disabilities


Courses may be viewed on the College of Education’s Course List page.

Information on the courses for each subject area can be found by searching GVSU's Catalog.