B.A. in Special Education

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Prepare for a rewarding career in special education.

B.A. in Special Education graduates are equipped to work with Kindergarten to Grade 12 students with special needs—those students with learning, physical, and mental impairments and disabilities. The program includes courses in early childhood and elementary education, as well as specialized courses in evaluation, assessment, and inclusive instruction. Rivier’s strong, hands-on education program delivers:

  • Extensive field experience and teaching starting freshman year
  • Eligibility for certification in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories; the Department of Defense Education Activity; Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario per the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement

In addition to the special education major, students earn a minor in another discipline, and complete the New Hampshire State Department of Education Professional Standards for Teachers, which are required for certification. The program culminates with a 16-week student teaching assignment at a local school, which is coordinated by Rivier’s Education Department staff. 

Rivier’s education degrees prepare graduates for the “classroom of the future.” With assistance from several federal grants—including Project New Teachers—the University has become a statewide leader in preparing teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms.

Rivier University is a College of Distinction.   

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Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Education.

B.A. in Special Education graduates can pursue roles as:

  • Special education teachers (K-8)
  • Resource room teachers
  • Special education administrators
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselors
  • Disability support services specialists
  • Adult literacy or GED/HiSTEP educators
  • Learning center directors

Note: Some careers may require additional graduate study.

Rivier’s Career Development Center (CDC) provides professional advising, assistance with career or major planning, internship options, job search information, and graduate school exploration. For a complete list of CDC resources, visit the Center’s web page.


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