B.A. in Special Education

Create an environment where all learners succeed.

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 focuses on experiential learning with courses take students into Greater Nashua classrooms as soon as their first semester on campus and culminates with a semester-long student teaching assignment at a local middle or high school, which is coordinated by Rivier’s Education Department staff.

Graduates are eligible 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. They are confident in front of a classroom; through observations and student teaching, they connect theory with practice for classroom success.

Rivier University is a College of Distinction. 

Department of Education
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