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Special Education, B.S. Ed

Application Deadlines

  • November 15 for winter admission
  • March 15 for spring admission
  • May 15 for summer admission
  • July 15 for fall admission

Major: Special Education
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)
Program Code: BSED-SPCD-ED
Dual Licensure Preparation: Special Education (Pre K–12) and Elementary Education (K–8)

Department: Special Education
Program: Special Education


Recent federal mandates in the areas of special and general education focus on creating school communities where students with diverse abilities learn together. These mandates demand a teacher with exceptional talents. Our Dual licensure Program in Special Education prepares students to be just such a teacher.

The Special Education Dual License Program is based on the belief that all children are valued members in the school community. The Dual License program prepares students to work with a diverse learning population and teaches strategies that are effective for all learners by providing:

  • Diverse learning experiences
  • One-on-support from experienced UNM supervisors
  • Coursework that reflects real-life experience
  • Supportive faculty members who have recent experience in classroom settings
  • Consistent advising from faculty beginning pre-admission through to graduation

Our state-of-the-art preparation is one of the few of its kind in the country that prepare teachers to be effective across the full continuum of educational settings for all students. During the two-year program, students complete coursework to earn a dual major in special education and elementary education while they gain a wealth of classroom experience and effective strategies for all learners. Graduate are eligible for New Mexico licensure in special education (PreK–12) and elementary education (K–8).


Susan Copeland, Ph.D.
Special Education Program Coordinator
Hokona Hall 258
505/277-0628 (phone)

Erin Jarry, Ph.D.
Dual License Program Coordinator
Hokona Hall 138
505/277-0731 (phone)

Clare Stott, Ph.D.
Field Coordinator
Hokona Hall 141
505/277-3202 (phone)