Special Education, B.A. (Type 10 Certification)

The Special Education program is for future teachers who wish to teach special education students from the ages of birth to 21. Successful completion of the program enables students to apply for certification by entitlement in Illinois for the Type 10 Special Education certification.

Special Admissions Requirements:

Admission to the Special Education program is a two step process. Students must first be admitted to National Louis University.

Applicants to the Special Education program must:

  • Pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
  • Have completed all General Education courses and Foundational courses (except LIBR 200)
  • Have completed all General Education and Foundational courses (except LIBR 200, which may be completed after admission) Students who receive a “D” or “F” in a Foundational course must petition the Undergraduate Admission and Retention Council if they to receive permission to retake the course. Foundational courses may not be repeated without the permission of the council.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or better at National Louis University, with a grade of “C” or better in each course required for the degree
  • Submit an application requesting Practicum III placement 

This degree requires:

  • Completion of a minimum of 180 QH
  • 63 QH of coursework must be completed at NLU
  • The Professional Education Sequence must be taken at NLU
  • A grade of “C” or better in all courses in the program
  • Completion of a minimum of 100 clock hours of preclinical experience (practica) is required prior to student teaching
  • Student teaching

Required Courses

Communications - 15 QH

LAE101English Composition I

LAE102English Composition II

LAT220Introduction to Theatre

Humanities - 5 QH

LAE307Literature for Children

Fine Arts - 4 QH

Choose two of the courses listed below:
LAA110Introduction to Art

LAU110Introduction to Music

LAT220Introduction to Theatre

Note: One course in each in the areas of introductory art, introductory music or introductory drama     may be accepted in place of the courses above.

Quantitative Reasoning/Math - 10 QH

LAM112Math Content for Teachers I

LAM213Math Content for Teachers II

Physical and Life Sciences - 10 QH

LAN110General Biology

LAN150Survey of Physical Science

Note: One course must have a lab

Social Sciences - 10 QH

LAS120Introduction to American Politics


LAS200U.S. History and Culture: 1492-1828


LAS201U.S. History and Culture: 1828-1898


LAS203U.S. History and Culture: 1898-Present


LAS300Contemporary World Cultures


LAS110Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


LAS302Asian History and Culture


LAS303Sub-Saharan African Cultures


LAS304Middle and South American Cultures

Note: LAS 300 is preferred

Behavioral Science - 5 QH

LAP100General Psychology

Library - 2 QH

LIBR200Digital Information Literacy

Additional General Education Requirements - 10QH

LAN300Ecology and Conservation




LAN304Human Physiology


LAN306Microbes--Global Perspectives


LAN325Human Genetics


LAN422Biological Evolution


LAM101Thinking Mathematically


LAM110College Mathematics: Application of Mathematical Ideas

Note: For students who achieve the required COMPASS score, the requirement for LAM 101 or LAM 110 is waived and the students may select appropriate electives under advisement.

Undergraduate Core - 14 QH

SPE210History and Philosophy of Education

EPS301Educational Psychology for Teachers

SPE300Survey of Exceptional Children and Adolescents

TIE300Introduction to Technology in the Classroom

Professional Sequence - 63 QH

SPE305Practicum I: Inclusive Education and the Role of the Special Education Teacher

SPE310Foundations of Special and Inclusive Education

SPE315Assessment in Special Education

SPE320Methods for Social Emotional Support

SPE325Language Development: The Role of Language in Learning

SPE330Assistive and Instructional Technology

SPE335Mathematics and Inclusive Education

SPE400Collaboration and School-Family Partnerships

SPE405Practicum II: Advanced Practicum in Inclusive Education

SPE410Literacy in Inclusive Education I

SPE411Literacy in Inclusive Education II

SPE415Instructional Planning and Instruction for Inclusive Education I

SPE416Instructional Planning and Instruction for Inclusive Education II

SPE470Practicum III: Student Teaching

Non-specific electives - 32 QH

Students choose electives from undergraduate program areas that enhance their strengths, needs, interests and experiences, and are selected in consultation with their academic advisor.

For more information about this program, visit http://www.nl.edu/t4/academics/bachelorsprograms/education/baspecialeducation/.