SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
The Benedictine University special education curriculum builds on a solid liberal arts foundation that prepares students to teach successfully in a 21st-century world.
Students become part of a diverse learning community which prepares future educators for our global environment. Throughout their program, students receive personal attention from advisors in both their content area and the general education program. The small special education (SPE) class size fosters connected educator learning experiences and provides students individualized attention and support. Students in the program can also take advantage of educator networking opportunities, mentorship by Benedictine graduates, and opportunities to participate in and present at professional conferences and meetings. Education faculty work closely with the Academic Support Center to prepare and assist students in securing teaching positions upon graduation.
The special education program trains students to be effective practitioners in the education of diverse children and youth with mild to severe disabilities through a blend of classroom and field-based learning experiences. “Upon graduation, students receive a Professional Educator License (PEL) and are prepared to teach students in preschool through age 21, within a wide range of settings.
Special education teacher candidates complete three preclinical experiences in locations within 30 miles of Benedictine’s Lisle campus in some of the highest-paying school districts in Illinois, followed by a student teaching experience at a location close to the candidate’s residence. Students are placed in public and private school programs reflective of each candidate’s professional goals and aspirations.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for special education teachers is projected to grow nationally in the upcoming years. The special education program at Benedictine
University trains preservice teachers to fill this demand by offering students the opportunity to earn license as a special education teacher in public and private schools.