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Bachelor of Arts in Special Education

There is a great need for qualified educators who can work with students a variety of abilities. This multicategorical program offers instruction in emotional, learning, and intellectual disabilities and, provides teacher education candidates with a wide range of practical experiences in public education settings. Each teacher education candidate receiving this degree will have a broad liberal arts and general education foundation as well as specific information regarding the abilities and needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. Graduates will be qualified to apply for teacher certification through the state department of education to work in the K-12 classroom. In addition, the graduate could work for social services agencies and other organizations that address the needs of children with disabilities.

""The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Arts in Special Education is issued by USC Aiken, one of USC's senior campuses.


The USC Aiken Bachelor of Arts in Special Education degree is designed to prepare you for success as a teacher of special needs children in grades K-12 .The curriculum  provides a foundation upon which the pedagogy and pedagogical content knowledge  are built and dispositions such as responsible citizenship, respect for diversity, and cross-cultural understandings  are developed. Your education degree from USC Aiken will prepare you to become a successful Dynamic Educator who can plan, instruct, manage, communicate, and grow professionally.

See the curriculum

Currently certified South Carolina Teachers can add-on certification in Special Education through taking the appropriate coursework offered in this program. Access the appropriate link below to see the needed coursework.


Prerequisites & Requirements

To apply for this online degree program, students must have:

  • 45-60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of the following courses:
    • Composition
    • Composition and Literature
    • College Algebra
    • Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication
    • Biology course with a Lab
    • Non-Biology course with or without a Lab
    • Introductory Psychology
    • Social or Behavioral Science
    • Humanities
    • World Civilization
    • American History or American Government


Program Length

If you’re a full-time student, the program should take about two years—the same as if you were attending class in-person. If you work, you may need to take a lighter course load.
Talk to an advisor about how to balance Palmetto College classes with your schedule.



CAEP LogoPalmetto College’s Special Education (Multicategorical) program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and holds National recognition by the Council for Exceptional Children.

CAEP advances excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.



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