Special Education Major

Towson University’s special education major offers you exceptional preparation to meet the diverse needs of the special education population, including additional immersion in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) content and experiences.

Special Education Students Studying outside Hawkins Hall

Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education?

There is a critical need for special education teachers in Maryland and across the country. Towson University’s program is recognized for providing the comprehensive coursework and internship opportunities you need for a strong foundation in special education. Become a teacher-leader in providing successful, student-centered learning and collaborating with families and public/private agencies.

The special education major offers you opportunities to be a change agent inside and outside the classroom. The program includes:

  • innovative and dynamic course work that helps you develop successful instruction and classroom management strategies
  • transformative, real-world experiences through internship placements
  • supportive faculty with firsthand experience in creating successful, inclusive classrooms and programs for children and adults
  • a supportive cohort of fellow Towson University students studying special education
  • collaborative partnerships with families, communities and agencies
  • additional focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through course content, internship experiences, and volunteer opportunities

Students planning to major in special education may choose from the elementary/middle track, which prepares them for certification in grades 1-8, or the secondary/adult track, designed for grade 6 through adult-level programs.

The Center for Professional Practice connects students to student internships.

Learn more about admission requirements for the special education major. 

Program Advising

Rachel Billman
Assistant Professor
Hawkins Hall, Room 403 A

why towson University?

Program Advantages

  • Towson’s long history and reputation as an excellent teacher training institution
  • programs accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)
  • programs nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • professional development and networking opportunities with alumni in the field through social media and on-campus programs
  • interaction with diverse populations during service-learning activities with students and families
  • technology-rich coursework and internship experiences
  • pre-service teacher training in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that enhances knowledge and skills to address the needs of this growing population of students and their families