Degree Overview Bachelor of Arts Special Education (K-12) - Leads to Teacher Licensure Our online teaching degree leading to special education certification will prepare you to fill a vital need in your community. The B.A. in Special Education (K-12) teaches the content knowledge and effective teaching skills to become a special education instructor for students with mild to moderate disabilities. This degree is a cross-categorical model for initial certification. You’ll become a highly qualified educator prepared to make a difference with those who need it most. This degree program leads to dual licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education. Note: As part of Western Governors University, the online teaching degree programs at WGU Tennessee are NCATE accredited, a testament to the fact that WGU graduates "have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn." Who the Program Is For: Individuals who need a bachelor’s degree and want to become a certified special education teacher. Unlicensed teachers, substitute teachers, career changers, retired military personnel, school paraprofessionals, and others who feel the call to teach. Individuals who have completed some college coursework or have applicable work experience. Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies. This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Demonstration teaching and the cohort seminar are offered twice each year, in the fall and spring. Click here to learn how your program works. What You'll Learn Essential Knowledge and Skills This online degree program requires the completion of coursework to ensure you have the essential skills and knowledge you need to become a licensed teacher, as well as practice teaching in an actual classroom and the completion of a professional portfolio. Key Subject Areas These Courses Add to Your Credentials Teacher Education Foundations Teacher Education Diversity Special Education Preclinical Experiences Instructional Planning and Presentation Elementary Education Methods Demonstration Teaching (practice teaching) Core Subject Areas These General Education Assessments May Be Cleared through Transfer Credit English Composition Mathematics Introduction to Humanities Elements of Effective Communication Survey of World History Survey of United States Constitution and Government Health, Fitness and Wellness Integrated Natural Sciences Survey of United States History Critical Thinking and Logic View the program guide (PDF) View More Details about Your Course of Study View More Info about Becoming a Teacher Practice Teaching In-classroom experience is an invaluable part of becoming a highly qualified teacher. Your in-classroom experience will help you elevate the academic knowledge and teaching skills you’ve developed into a practical way of effectively and confidently tackling the challenges of your own classroom. Professional Portfolio The online B.A. — Special Education degree program also requires the successful completion of a professional portfolio. Your professional portfolio is something to be proud of — it will include your resume and Philosophy of Teaching Statement and serve as a way to showcase the skills you have acquired throughout your degree program and demonstration teaching. You'll take what you've learned and apply it to a real-world situation by recommending strategies for effectively handling actual issues you'll face in the workplace.