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B.A. in Special Education:
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Special Education

The special education major prepares you to teach all learners, value each individual and empower them to live into God’s plan for their lives.

Through your special education program with a learning disabilities emphasis, you will be prepared to teach special education in a K-12 setting. At Cornerstone, our special education majors are also trained to be certified in teaching within a general classroom setting within their chosen content area in grades 7-12.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts


  • On-Campus


  • Grand Rapids

A Commitment to
Every Student

The special education major is a rigorous program for students who are driven by the desire to see others succeed. By learning and understanding the intricacies of neuro-diverse brains, you will be able to equip all learners. On top of that, your courses are taught from a Christ-centered perspective.

When you graduate from this program, you’ll be equipped to obtain your K-12 Special Education Endorsement. Additionally, your courses and field experience in this program will prepare you to teach within your content area in grades 7-12, providing you with flexibility and choice to teach in various settings.


Careers in special education are numerous. Here are some career opportunities for program graduates.


  • Inclusion teacher
  • General education teacher
  • Special education resource teacher
  • Self-contained special education teacher
  • Teacher consultant

Special Education Field Experiences

Each student in the special education major takes part in a student teaching practicum as part of their studies.

Special education majors graduate with a variety of placements in K-12 settings, which include public, charter and private schools in the Grand Rapids area.


Of graduates passed the MTTC LD State Certification test the first time.


Of special education students in 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.


Dual certification makes you highly marketable.

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Faculty in the Teacher Education Division have extensive experience in classroom settings and are equipped to help you achieve your goals as a future educator.

Related Programs

The Teacher Education Division at Cornerstone offers several different education programs to help you become a future instructor. Here are some of the other programs we offer.

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