Special Education

Special Education

Program Description

Special Education Plan of Study

Special Education K-6 Course Sequence

Special Education 6-12 Course Sequence

Special Education P-3 Course Sequence


A bachelor’s degree in Special Education is a path to deep personal satisfaction. At AUM, you’ll be prepared with the best teaching and learning strategies to teach students who have special challenges: autism, developmental delays, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, severe and profound intellectual disabilities and other exceptionalities. As part of your program, you’ll complete an internship that will give you hands-on experience in a classroom setting.

Choose from three options in Special Education:

  • Early Childhood Special Education (birth-age 8)
  • Collaborative Teacher/K–6
  • Collaborative Teacher/6th–12.

Program Overview & Plan of Study

The AUM College of Education prepares teachers to provide specially designed instruction for students

Teaching special education requires a person with a special set of skills. It takes special knowledge, strong teaching skills, compassion, humor, creativity and patience. Through coursework and laboratory experiences within the professional studies component of each program, AUM will help you develop the cognitive and affective skills that will enable you to become a successful, competent, committed and reflective educator. An internship is required to complete this program.

Courses in Special Education use a blend of technology and media to support candidates in a variety of learning environments. Courses focus on topics such as assistive technology, autism, behavior management, assessment, working with parents and families and high incidence disabilities. Our Special Education programs prepare teachers to provide specially designed instruction for students with exceptionalities and to work across diverse educational settings.

For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.


The first transition point in the teacher education program is admission to Professional Education. Each undergraduate candidate preparing to teach and pursuing initial teacher certification must be admitted to Professional Education.


The second transition point in the teacher education program is approval to intern. This practical, pre-service teacher education is vital to the development of the AUM teacher candidate. Internships are an excellent way for students to hone their skills and talents.


The Praxis Series® tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations. Ask us about AUM’s PRAXIS results!

Points of Pride

  • The program has a student chapter of the Council of Exceptional Children.
  • One of our faculty members is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
  • The faculty has more than 40 years cumulative experience in special education.
  • Most classes can be taken online or through a hybrid of online and classroom instruction.
  • The Sensory Integration Laboratory at Wilson Elementary School was built with a grant from AUM.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Employment of education, training, and library occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028. Nationally, the median annual wage for special education teachers was $59,780 in May 2018. In Alabama, the annual mean wage of pre-school and elementary special education teachers was $49,320 and $46,810 for secondary special education teachers.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample
JobsMedian PayJob Growth through 2024
Special education teacher$55,980 per year 6% (28,100 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Counselor, Leadership, and Special Education.

Auburn University at Montgomery

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Soaring Warhawks

  • Dawn Ellis was named Montgomery Public School’s 2016–17 Teacher of the Year.
  • Elisabeth Newell teaches at Wilson Elementary, where she works with students who have language impairments and is in charge of the multisensory room.
  • Lauren Breeding is a . In 2012–13, she was named one of Montgomery Public Schools’ Teachers of the Year.

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