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Elementary Education (K-6) & Special Education – Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Do you have grit? It takes courage and resolve to work each day to ensure differently-abled students are provided the same quality education as their peers. Will you be the catalyst that opens up new possibilities in the lives of students with learning or behavioral differences?

The University of Wyoming’s elementary and special education program will provide you with skills and expertise required to meet the needs of all students in your future classroom. Our program will help you become a teacher in Wyoming and any state in the country.

About Elementary Education and Special Education

A bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education provides you with the eligibility to become a licensed elementary teacher (K-6) as well as gaining an additional endorsement to teach special education from kindergarten through high school. Your flexible skills will make you a highly desirable candidate to school administrators across the country who face the largest teacher shortage in decades.

UW’s Elementary and Special Education program exposes you to evidence-based teaching methods and classroom practices, as well as positive behavioral supports needed to meet the needs of all students. Additionally, you will gain an understanding of legal requirements under special education law, and best practices in providing services to students with disabilities.

Two Convenient Campus Locations

UW's elementary education and special education bachelors program is offered in Laramie, or at UW at Casper so you can earn your degree close to home. Our programs are nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and are approved by the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Dual Major: Elementary Education / Special Education

Resident Tuition: $160/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $665/credit hour

Additional Bachelor's degrees in Education

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Expand your earning potential– many school districts offer signing bonuses or tuition reimbursement to applicants due to a nationwide shortage of qualified special education teachers

Elementary Education and Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

The dual major Elementary and Special Education degree program has roots in the University of Wyoming’s elementary education program that was ranked 6th in the nation by and in the top 2 percent by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Here are a few more reasons you will want to complete your degree at UW:

Increase job prospects. Undergraduates can add endorsements to their future teaching license by taking courses to gain expertise in specific areas. Explore endorsements in disability studies, early childhood education, and English as a second language, to increase your salary and job opportunities.

Distance accessibility. Location doesn't matter when you can conveniently complete your classes through UW at a Distance using technologies such as video-conferencing.

Classroom simulations. Refine your teaching skills in virtual reality as you interact with a group of digital students using Mursion VR software. This innovative way to practice specific teaching skills helps you attain proficiency and confidence as you further hone your craft in physical classrooms with real students.

Classroom experience. Students will complete practicum hours in a multitude of settings, allowing students to explore a variety of grades, populations, and subject matter.

Student teaching. A 16-week student teaching residency will be split between an elementary and special education classroom. Fully take over the responsibilities and expectations of these positions while working under the supervision and support of a mentor teacher.

Professional advising. The Teacher Preparation and Advising Office is home to full-time advisors that can help you become a teacher in Wyoming. Advisory help you navigate your degree program and apply for your teaching license upon graduation.

University of Wyoming Lab School. For students who are able to attend on campus, UW’s K-9 public school will serve as a laboratory to hone your craft.

Disability Resources. students who are interested in learning more about disabilities to better serve their future students can utilize the resources of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND).

Scholarships. Our affordable degrees are even more cost-effective when you factor in the nearly $300,000 in scholarships awarded to our students each year.

LAMP. This is a mentoring and professional development program to bring active-learning strategies into Wyoming science classrooms, and it offers you the chance to teach active learning.

Student Support. A robust support system helps students and families find navigate academic and personal struggles to find solutions that enable their success at UW.

What Can You Do With an Elementary Education and Special Education Bachelor’s Degree?

A bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Wyoming enables you to work with all disability categories in special education at all grade and age levels, and in addition, provides you the flexibility to teach all students in elementary school based on current district needs.

Elementary and Special Education Careers

UW School of Teacher Education graduates hold titles such as:

  • Elementary teacher
  • Elementary special education teacher
  • Special education coordinator
  • Special Education Case Manager
  • Resource Teacher resource teacher

Examples of Elementary and Special Education Degree Program Courses

These are just some of the classes you might take as an Elementary and Special Education dual-major at the University of Wyoming:

  • Teaching with Technology
  • Diversity and Politics of Schooling
  • Teacher as Practitioner
  • Elementary Methods
  • Special Education Law
  • Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Teaching Students with Severe to Low Incidence Disabilities
  • Positive Behavior Support and Management

View the full Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education degree program curriculum.

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