B.A.Ed. in Special Education
Help K-12 special education students to overcome challenges and strive to be their very best.
The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education program at the Ole Miss School of Education combines coursework with hands-on experiences that will equip them to work with K-12 students who have special needs.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Special Education are provided with an initial K-12 teaching license in Mississippi and the key skills needed to be an effective special education instructor.
After receiving licensure, Ole Miss School of Education Special Education program graduates have the opportunity to work with special needs students in the K-12 setting.
All Ole Miss Special Education program participants receive the opportunity to utilize a variety of field experiences that will help prepare them for the challenges and rewards of working with special needs students.
B.A.Ed. in Special Education Faculty
Dr. Denise A. Soares, Associate Professor of Special Education and Special Education Program Coordinator, earned her doctorate in educational psychology with a concentration in special education from Texas A&M. She also served as a teacher and administrator for 18 years.
In addition to completion of the core curriculum, the B.A.E. with a major in special education requires the professional education courses shown below plus the following core area and general education to reach a minimum of 123 semester hours:
Core Area Courses
- Writ 101 (3 hours)
- Writ 102 OR Liba 102 (3 hours)
- Soc or Pol (3 hours)
- His (100 level) (6 hours)
- Geog 101 (3 hours)
- Math 121 (College Algebra or higher) (3 hours)
- Physical Sciences w/lab (3-4 hours)
- Biological Sciences w/lab (3-4 hours)
- Science elective (3-4 hours)
- English Literature (6 hours)
- Fine Art (3 hours)
General Education Courses:
- Math 245 (3 hours)
- Math 246 (3 hours)
- Mus 329 OR Edwp 340 (3 hours)
Professional Education Courses
- Edsp 308
- Edsp 327
- Edsp 329
- Edsp 407
- Edsp 339
- Edec 320
- Edec 321
- Edec 323
- Edrd 355 (6 hours)
- Edci 352 (2 hours)
* Admission to Phase II of the Teacher Education Program is--
required before taking the following courses.
- Edsp 317*
- Edsp 335*
- Edsp 403*
- Edci 353*
- Edrd 400*
- Edsp 401*
- Edsp 410*
- Edrd 414*
- Edel 403* OR Edse 445*
- Edsp 452*
** Admission to Phase III of Teacher Education: Student Teaching
- Edci 419**
- Edle 467** (9 hours) Note: A minimum grade of C is required in all professional education courses and general education courses. If this minimum of C is not met, the course(s) must be retaken before enrolling in the next level of professional education courses.
In addition to meeting the undergraduate admission requirements for the university, applicants for the Special Education program should have at least a 2.5 grade point average.
Kelley Hansbrough was the recipient of the 2017 Griffin Family Impact Award.
The University of Mississippi has chapters for The Council for Exceptional Children, Teachers of Tomorrow, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, and the UbD Consultation Group.