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Special Education (Social Studies)


The Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) in Special Education K-12 (SPED) program provides a comprehensive educational track while offering students the opportunity to specialize in one of four (4) focus areas: language arts, mathematics, general sciences, or social sciences. This program equips aspiring educators with the expertise and strategies needed to support students with diverse learning needs, ranging from mild to severe disabilities, across kindergarten to 12th grade. Through a blend of specialized pedagogical training and practical experience, graduates emerge as compassionate and skilled special education teachers who can design tailored curricula, implement individualized instruction, and create inclusive classroom environments, ensuring that all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential in the chosen subject area of specialization.

Students in this degree plan are eligible to apply for the following supplementary programs:

  • New Experienced Teachers (NExT+) Program

  • Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

The College of Education at University of the Southwest operates under the auspices of the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) that uses the standards developed by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) to evaluate education programs.

For testing and licensure requirements for your specific program, refer to the New Mexico Department of Education Licensure Department.

Out-of-state students will need to contact the respective State’s Department of Education for testing and licensure requirements.

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