Special Education



Bachelor of Arts
Major
School of Education
Three- or Four-Year Degree

Overview

Special Education is a career that allows you to have personal and rewarding interactions with students with disabilities. Special Educators are in high demand in Utah and across the nation, and Westminster College has one of the best Teacher Education programs in the state.

Key Benefits

  • Inspiring professors. You will find every member of your faculty approachable and willing to help you achieve your goals. Our small class sizes ensure that the faculty know each student well.
  • Extensive and diverse field experiences. During the program, you are placed in a variety of school settings with veteran mentor teachers.Every placement is supported by our faculty who will provide you with constructive feedback on your practice lessons.
  • Portfolio. You will create a portfolio that documents your progress and augments your professional credentials.

How Long it Takes

Finish in 3 years. By following a clearly defined academic pathway, you can graduate in just three years (including two summers) and get out into the workforce sooner, earning a salary and doing what you love: teaching.

The Fast Track is designed for people who want to earn their bachelor's degree and teaching license in just three years. By focusing on teaching your first semester, and making full use of summer term, you can finish your program a full year ahead of other candidates. This includes a minor in areas like Teaching English as a Second Language, Special Education, Creative Arts or Montessori.

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"Westminster's education program includes lots of field experience—actually getting out into schools and gaining practical skills. We're learning how to teach by actually teaching."

Mire Spurgeon ('15)

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Career Opportunities

95% job placement in the first six months.

Potential Careers

Our graduates are well-prepared for the diverse student bodies in today's classes. Schools will want you. Frequently, school districts indicate that their Westminster teachers are some of the best. The intensive preparation you will receive in the program will be reflected in the effectiveness of your teaching. You will bee ready to teach the minute you walk in to your new classroom.

Student Success

Westminster education graduates are in demand in every surrounding school district and have highly successful job placement.

"Having the opportunity to work in the field before graduating reminds me why I want to become a teacher."

Susan Fynbo ('15)

Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Tuition and Fees (2016–2017)

Full-Time Annual Tuition (12–16 credits)

$32,104 ($16,052 per semester)

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$26,631 (merit scholarship,work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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