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Special Education

Special Education


The USC Aiken Bachelor of Arts in Special Education degree is designed to prepare you for success as a teacher of special needs children in grades K-12 .The curriculum  provides a foundation upon which the pedagogy and pedagogical content knowledge  are built and dispositions such as responsible citizenship, respect for diversity, and cross-cultural understandings  are developed. Your education degree from USC Aiken will prepare you to become a successful Dynamic Educator who can plan, instruct, manage, communicate, and grow professionally.

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Currently certified South Carolina Teachers can add-on certification in Special Education through taking the appropriate coursework offered in this program. Access the appropriate link below to see the needed coursework.

Prerequisites & Requirements

View Guide Sheet for Special Education

Students must have 45-60 hours of college credit to apply for this online degree program.  If you haven't earned your hours yet, you can do so at any of our Palmetto College campuses statewide, or at any technical college. To find out if you're qualified to apply for this program, please contact a Palmetto College advisor

Total requirements for this degree: 126-129 hours
Major requirements available online: 59 hours

For admission into the Professional Program (first semester) 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
For entry into Internship (student teaching) 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Program Length

If you’re a full-time student, the program should take about two years—the same as if you were attending class in-person. If you work, you may need to take a lighter course load.

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Palmetto College’s Special Education (Multicategorical) program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and holds National recognition by the Council for Exceptional Children.

CAEP advances excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.