Special Education Degree

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Program Description 

The School of Education seeks to transform lives in a learning community centered on excellence and service in education, providing a distinctive context for the professional preparation of teachers. The special education major with initial teacher certification in mild-moderate/cross-categorical disabilities for grades K through 12 prepares students to become caring educational leaders engaged in innovative teaching, collaboration and reflective practice. Through significant intellectual study and a variety of field and service learning experiences, students acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to instruct diverse learners in a 21st-century classroom.

The School of Education at Rockhurst University fosters inquiry, intellectual creativity and evidence-based decision-making to equip students to face the challenges of our global society. Learn more about our state and national accreditation. The School of Education is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences.

All students majoring in education will automatically receive our annual $1,000 Education Majors Scholarship.

Learning Outcomes 

The Missouri Teaching Standards convey the expectations of performance for professional teachers in Missouri. The standards are based on teaching theory indicating that graduates become effective teachers who:

  • Exercise discipline-specific content knowledge
  • Plan and utilize innovative, evidence-based teaching strategies
  • Assess and adjust teaching methods according to the needs of individual learners
  • Gain awareness and feel empowered to work within diverse settings

Prospective Students 

Current Students 



  • Special Education Teacher
  • Instructional Designer
  • Online Instructor
  • Instructional Coach
  • Innovation Specialist