BS in Special Education

This degree program prepares the undergraduate for PK-12 multi-categorical (mild to moderate disabilities) teaching certification in the areas of emotional disabilities/ behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, mental disabilities, autism, and traumatic brain disorders.

As a Special Education major, you will gain understanding of the effects that an exceptional condition can have on an individual’s learning in school and throughout life and participate in activities that encompass inclusion, resource, and self-contained programs within elementary, middle and high school programs.

You might consider a Special Education major if you plan to work with special needs students, recognize special needs students as unique human beings, understand the similarities and differences between individuals with and without exceptional learning needs, and possess great patience with students having mental or physical disabilities.


Passionate faculty with decades of education experience.

Each year, SWU graduates are selected for Teacher of the Year awards.

100% of all Special Education program completers at SWU who wish to teach are employed in schools in South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, or Florida.


  • Teachers in special needs programs within public schools
  • Supervisors in programs for special needs students
  • Case workers for special needs students/adults
  • Transition specialists
  • School to work coordinators

Graduate Schools

  • Vanderbilt University
  • Clemson University
  • Furman University
  • University of South Carolina

Our graduates have landed jobs at

  • School District of Pickens County
  • School District of Oconee County
  • Anderson School Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Greenville County School District
  • Michigan School System
  • Georgia School System
  • North Carolina School System
  • Hawaii School System