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Special Education Minor

Special education refers to instructional practices specially designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities.

Why Special Education at OSU?

Our graduates have the foundational knowledge and skills needed to work with individuals with disabilities by addressing academic, communication, social, behavioral and adaptive skills. We prepare professionals who value diversity and life-long learning and advocate for quality opportunities for all individuals.


Minor coursework will provide students with a basic understanding of special education practices, policies and procedures. Students will learn about characteristics of mild to moderate disabilities, assessment, curriculum, instructional strategies, classroom management procedures, assistive technology and collaborative partnerships between families and education professionals. Qualifying students must complete 17 hours of special education coursework. Courses include:


  • SPED 3202: Educating Exceptional Learners (D)
  • SPED 3623: Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • SPED 3683: Models of Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom
  • SPED 3743: Planning, Compliance, and Current Practices in SPED
  • SPED 4732: Transition into Adulthood for Individuals with Disabilities
  • SPED 4753: Techniques of Behavior Management and Counseling with Exceptional Individuals


Career Paths

Graduates are well-equipped to integrate knowledge and skills learned in the following careers:


  • Special education teacher
  • Early intervention specialist
  • Elementary and secondary-level teacher
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Special education advocate
  • Resource specialist
  • Transition team specialist
  • Curriculum adaptation specialist
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Counseling
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