Special Education Major

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, thus providing graduates with excellent credentials for entering the teaching profession.

Special Education Program Highlights

  • 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)
  • This program is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Fontbonne University meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

CAEP Accreditation Badge 2016


In-Field Learning Experiences

Early, mid-level, and final clinical experiences occur in public, private and parochial schools such as 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.

Course Samples

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Fontbonne University's Special Education 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

Special Education Career Opportunities

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our Office of Admission: 314-889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu

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