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Bachelor of Arts in Special Education

In classrooms across the country, special education teachers adapt lesson plans for students with disabilities and create inclusive learning environments.

The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Arts in Special Education is issued by USC Aiken, one of USC's senior campuses.


Palmetto College's Bachelor of Arts in Special Education degree is designed to prepare you for success as a teacher of special needs children in grades K-12. The curriculum provides a foundation upon which the pedagogy and pedagogical content knowledge are built and dispositions such as responsible citizenship, respect for diversity, and cross-cultural understandings are developed.

Your special education degree will prepare you to become a successful dynamic educator who can plan, instruct, manage, communicate, and grow professionally.

Click here to view the curriculum.

Currently certified South Carolina Teachers can add-on certification in Special Education through taking the appropriate coursework offered in this program. Access the appropriate link below to see the needed coursework.


Program Highlight - Accreditation

CAEP LogoPalmetto College’s Special Education (Multicategorical) program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and holds National recognition by the Council for Exceptional Children.

CAEP advances excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.


Why should I complete a bachelor's degree in special education?

There is a great need for qualified educators who can work with students with a variety of abilities. This multicategorical program offers instruction in emotional, learning, and intellectual disabilities, and provides teacher education candidates with a wide range of practical experiences in public education settings.

Each teacher education candidate receiving this degree will have a broad liberal arts and general education foundation as well as specific information regarding the abilities and their families. Graduates will be qualified to apply for teacher certification through the state department of education to work in the K-12 classroom.


Prerequisites & Requirements

To apply for this online degree program, students must have:

  • 45-60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of the following courses:
    • Composition
    • Composition and Literature
    • College Algebra
    • Biology course with a Lab
    • Non-Biology course with or without a Lab
    • Introductory Psychology
    • Social or Behavioral Science
    • Humanities
    • World Civilization
    • American History or American Government

Students who have not completed these requirements can do so at any of our Palmetto College Campuses statewide, or at any technical college.


Program Length

New terms begin six times per year.

If you’re a full-time student, the program should take about two years—the same as if you were attending class in-person. If you work, you may need to take a lighter course load. Talk to an advisor about how to balance Palmetto College classes with your schedule.


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Call, chat, or email us today! Our trained representatives can create a plan that takes into account your earned credits and your unique circumstances.

If you've already talked to a Palmetto College representative, just follow the application instructions for this degree.


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