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Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Answering the challenge for all students

Your call to teach students with challenges that require a different approach necessitates an education plan designed to prepare and support your success. As a special education major, you’ll have a foundation in the liberal arts, along with professional education courses to prepare you for certification in grades K-12 in mild-moderate disabilities, along with add-on certification in elementary education for grades 1-6.

Fontbonne’s Educator Preparation Programs are recognized and certified by state and national agencies, providing graduates with excellent credentials for entering the teaching profession.

Program Highlights

At Fontbonne, you will have the opportunity to explore special education from a variety of perspectives, equipping you with the skills to assess and respond to unique student needs.

  • Multiple and varied practicum and classroom experiences occurring at the beginning, middle, and end of the educational program
  • Program alignment with national and state standards
  • Highly experienced/credentialed special education faculty/staff
  • Course integration that promotes conditions for successful teaching, learning, and impact on student outcomes
  • Highly successful program – often graduating more future K-12 cross-categorical special education teachers than any other higher education program in Missouri
  • Special Education – Paraprofessional Pathways program available for working adults
  • 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio
  • Varied course selection options (i.e., online, blended, and face-to-face courses)
  • Fontbonne University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) while preparing for the AAQEP Quality Assurance Review in spring 2023. AAQEP is recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MoDESE) by agreement and in support of quality assurance, continuous improvement, and innovation in educator preparation.
  • Named one of the Top 25 Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Special Education by College Consensus in 2020

In-Field Learning Experiences

Early, mid-level, and final clinical experiences occur in public, private and parochial schools throughout the metropolitan region.

Participating districts include Special School District in St. Louis County, St. Louis Public Schools, Schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and a variety of other school districts, such as Affton, Clayton, Ferguson-Florissant, Ft. Zumwalt, Hazelwood, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindbergh, Mehlville, O’Fallon, Parkway, Pattonville, Riverview Gardens, Rockwood, University City, and Webster Groves.

Graduate Successes

Graduates from our Elementary Education Program have found employment at:

  • Belton School District
  • Center for Autism
  • Dunklin R-5 School District
  • Excelsior Springs School District
  • Fox C-6 School District
  • Francis Howell R-III School District
  • Ft. Zumwalt School District
  • Great Circle
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA

  • Hillsboro R-III School District
  • Jennings School District
  • Life Skills
  • Lift for Life Academy
  • Montgomery County R-II School District
  • Parkway/Special School District
  • Premier Charter School
  • Riverview Gardens School District


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