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Special Education Major

DID YOU KNOW? Fontbonne University produces more K-12 cross categorical special education teachers than any other college or university in the state of Missouri?

Our nation’s schools will need an estimated 2.2 million public school teachers in the next decade to serve growing schools and to fill a record number of vacancies as teachers retire. Clearly, there’s a need, and it's especially high for special education professionals.

You’ve encountered dozens of teachers along the way and perhaps some have even had a major influence in your life. If you aspire to make a similar difference in people’s lives during your career, you may want to explore an education major at Fontbonne.

Why Special Education with Fontbonne?

Our education/special education faculty has years of teaching experience — in K-12 schools and at the university level. The well-rounded liberal arts education found at Fontbonne, coupled with the specific expertise provided by the undergraduate education department, gives students a great foundation to live their dream of becoming teachers. In Fontbonne’s Center for Teacher and Therapist Education, our students learn in a collaborative environment with small class sizes and faculty who emphasize discussion and communication.

Our program offers individual advising and a comprehensive curriculum that includes vast and varied real world experience. You’ll begin working with children in classrooms early in your program — a real distinction at Fontbonne. Our education and special education students complete a variety of practicum assignments with diverse populations at schools throughout the St. Louis area.

We offer a variety of majors including elementary education, middle school and special education. With our small student-to-teacher ratio, you’ll have plenty of interaction with our professors as you explore the variety of certifications and specialties available within those majors. Fontbonne also offers teacher certification in other areas such as art, biology, deaf education, early childhood, English, family and consumer sciences, fine arts, history, math, performing arts and social studies.

Fontbonne teacher training programs are recognized and certified by state and national agencies, providing graduates with excellent credentials for entering the teaching profession.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

During your Fontbonne experience, we’ll help you define what you want your teaching experience to be. Maybe it’s being a special education teacher, or maybe you’re more suited to high school. Or perhaps you want to work with younger children and pursue a certification in early childhood. And if you’re interested in continuing your education, Fontbonne offers a master’s degree in education with several areas of concentration.

Our graduates often comment that the keys to their success are the amount of early involvement in the classroom, the diversity of lessons, and the encouragement they receive to think creatively and passionately when it comes to this very important and satisfying career.

Contact Admissions: (314) 889-1400 or (800) 205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu