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Our B.A. in Special Education program provides coursework to develop the knowledge and skills to preservice special educators. Using the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards, we provide rigorous coursework related to teaching academics, behavioral, and social skills to K-12 students with disabilities.


Special Education Coursework

EDEX A336: Planning Effective Instruction for Students with High & Low Disabilities

EDEX A440: Assistive Technology

EDEX A403: Assessment for People with Disabilities

EDEX A424: Behavior Intervention & Management

EDEX A451: Communication & Language Development

EDEX A452: Teaching Reading to Students with Disabilities

EDEX A453: Collaboration, Families, & Early Intervention

EDEX A454: Teaching Math to Students with Disabilities

EDEX A455: Social Studies & Science Methods for Students with Disabilities

EDEX A456: Secondary Methods & Transition

EDEX A457: Practicum in High & Low Incidence Disabilities (6)

EDEX A476: Senior Seminar

EDEX A472: Internship

EDRD A421: Assessment of Reading in Elementary School

EDRD A430: Foundations of Reading in Elementary and Special Education

EDRD A423: Content Area Reading and Writing in Elementary School

EDRD A422: Instructional Practices in Elementary Literacy & Creative Arts


Programs of Study

Click on the links below for the current and past programs of study:

Special Education Majors

About the Degree

The Bachelor’s of Arts (B.A.) degree in Special Education provides preservice teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach K-12 students with mild to moderate disabilities through rigorous coursework, structured practicum experiences, and frequent scholarship and service opportunities.

The goal of our program is to prepare our future teachers and leaders with evidence-based practices related to behavior management, social skills, academics, and assessments. Additionally, we value providing real world applications and experiences for our students through practicum and service opportunities. We also provide authentic feedback and support throughout all of these experiences and opportunities.


Program Highlights

Our special education program values experiences in and out of the classroom. Therefore, our students are active in coursework, research, and scholarship.

Students have opportunities to work with current, practicing teachers in local schools to apply the evidence-based practices learned throughout the coursework. Specifically, students spend at least 100 hours in the field before internship. These practicum experiences are structured times teacher candidates can work with cooperating teachers (CTs) and UofSC Aiken instructors. The beginning practicum experiences will incorporate observations and some lesson planning. Once students are enrolled in advanced coursework, they will have opportunities to teach K-12 students with disabilities in various settings (e.g., coteaching, resource, self-contained) with the support of both their CTs and instructors. The instructors plan pre-conferences with students to review lesson plans before implementing the plan with K-12 students. This mimics the observation process that is completed in most schools with teachers and administrators.

Additionally, students have the opportunity to give back to the community through our Council for Exceptional Children student group on campus. This group has planned events at local schools for students with disabilities. Specifically, our students planned fall and winter festivals with crafts and games for elementary students. They used their knowledge about special education to develop adapted games to provide access to all students.

Moreover, our students are active scholars and researchers. Currently, one of our undergraduate students is implementing a self-regulation intervention at a local school with 40 preschoolers. Three of our students presented at the South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children’s conference in Myrtle Beach last spring and four of our students are providing professional development to local teachers. Additionally, our students routinely present at the UofSC Aiken Scholar Showcase.


Plans of Study

At UofSC Aiken, we offer various paths toward teacher licensure. Our B.A. program provides the required coursework for certification in K-12 multi-categorical special education. This can be completed on our Aiken campus or through Palmetto College. Additionally, we offer add-on licensure pathways for teachers who are currently certified.

Please click on the links below to learn more about these specifics paths for licensure.

B.A. Special Education

Palmetto College 

Add-On Licensures


Learn More

We are excited you’re interested in joining our Special Education team!  Please feel free to contact Dr. Melissa Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or complete the interest survey linked below to learn more information about our program.

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Student Profiles

Victoria Reyes

Victoria Reyes, Spring 2020 Intern

“The special education program at UofSC Aiken has prepared me for future endeavors and has given me opportunities of a lifetime that I never thought I would have. The professors truly care for you as a person and not as just another student in their class.”

Taylor Doughty

Taylor Doughty, Spring 2021 Intern

“The special education program at UofSC Aiken has really challenged me. The professors push me to do my best and expect nothing less. I know that when I leave, I will be a confident teacher! I can’t wait to change the lives of students with intellectual disabilities!"

Falcone Dunlap

Falcone Dunlap, Spring 2021 Intern

"This program has given me countless opportunities to learn more and grow as a person and as a future educator. The professors, faculty, and staff care about my success inside and outside of the classroom. These individuals go above and beyond to ensure my success, which has helped me maintain a nearly perfect cumulative GPA during my time here. I have been able to present undergraduate research at the South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children conference along with my fellow classmates, which not many people have the opportunity to do. I have assisted with presenting research at the Freedman Learning Center in Aiken and have been able to create close connections within many of the Aiken County Schools. I have been blessed with a wonderful support system both inside and outside of the school, which has helped me become successful in my time here at UofSC Aiken." 

About Music at USC Aiken

UofSC Aiken offers the B.A. in Music with concentrations in:

  • Piano Studies
  • Instrumental Studies
  • Vocal Studies
  • Choral Music Education
  • Instrumental Music Education

The new program is a liberal arts degree that allows students to focus their studies in an individualized area of music.  Students who elect the Piano Studies concentration will have the added benefit of performing and practicing on Steinway instruments thanks to the successfully completed campaign to become an All- Steinway School.  

About Music at USC Aiken

UofSC Aiken offers the B.A. in Music with concentrations in:

  • Piano Studies
  • Instrumental Studies
  • Vocal Studies
  • Choral Music Education
  • Instrumental Music Education

The new program is a liberal arts degree that allows students to focus their studies in an individualized area of music.  Students who elect the Piano Studies concentration will have the added benefit of performing and practicing on Steinway instruments thanks to the successfully completed campaign to become an All- Steinway School.  

Learn More

Visit the Department of Visual and Performing Arts website

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All suppliers and visitors must wear cloth face coverings in all hallways, elevators, public spaces, and common areas, and when entering any campus buildings.

Cloth face coverings must also be worn in office and outdoor spaces where physical distancing is challenging to maintain. Wearing a face covering is not required in private offices or when alone in a space.

In addition to wearing cloth face coverings, you must also take the following personal precautions while on campus:

  • Practice physical distancing at all times (at least six feet of physical separation between yourself and others).
  • Practice good personal hygiene, including washing hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap is unavailable.
  • Routinely clean and sanitize shared equipment.
  • Adhere to the guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and federal and state governmental authorities, to protect your health and the health of the UofSC Aiken community.

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