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:

  • A 100% pass rate on national certification exams;
  • Field experience beginning in freshman year;
  • An average of 175 classroom training hours prior to student teaching;
  • Certification eligibility in 41 states, plus the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and the United States Department of Defense Dependents' Schools worldwide.
  • Rivier education graduates have nearly a 100% job placement rate.

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:

  • Elementary school teachers
  • Junior high school teachers
  • High school teachers
  • Special education administrators
  • Tutors
  • Many other education-related positions

Note: Some careers may require additional graduate study.


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