Special Education

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Special Education is a rewarding career. Eastern's Special Education program is a strong program with an excellent state and national reputation. Nationwide professionals prepared in Special Education are in high demand. The B.S.Ed in Special Education has two options - Early Childhood option (Birth-3) or Standard Special option (K-12) - and three dual certification programs: Early Childhood Special Education/Early Childhood Education, Special Education(K-12)/Elementary Education(K-9), and Special Education(K-12)/Secondary Education(6-12).


Early Childhood, Standard Special


Dual Certification Programs (These programs are 5+ year programs and can not be completed in 4 years)

Hours Required


Departmental Honors Program


Four Year Degree Plan


Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

LBS II Behavior Intervention Specialist, LBS II Curriculum Adaptation Specialist, School Psychologist, Social Worker, Director of Special Education, Supervision in Special Education

Course Catalog Listing

http://catalog.eiu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=32&poid=4853(Early Childhood Option)
http://catalog.eiu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=32&poid=4854&(Standard Special Option)

Typical Starting Positions

Special Education teacher K-12, Agency Worker (Government), Counselor for Children w/ Disabilities, Case Manager, Children's Home Staff Member, Correctional Institution Teacher, Educational Diagnostician, Job Coach, Pre-vocational Coordinator, Special Needs Counselor. Early Childhood Special Education = Birth to 3 Child Educator, Home Trainer, Development Specialist, Technical Assistant.

Well Known Companies that Hire EIU Graduates

School districts, large and small, across the State of Illinois

Notable Graduates

Special educators across the State of Illinois who make a difference in children's lives.

Study Abroad Opportunities


Research Opportunities

Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum Projects

Student Professional Organizations

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC), Sigma Rho Epsilon Honorary Fraternity (by invitation only based upon SPE grade point average and professionalism demonstrated) Best Buddies, Natural Ties. Annual involvement (spring and fall) with Area 9 Special Olympics, Special Olympic Family Festival and Polar Plunge

Professional Development Opportunities

Attendance and presentations at local, state, regional and national professional conferences (e.g. Council for Exceptional Children, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders and state affiliates)

Faculty Listing


Faculty Research Interests

Performance assessments, impact on student learning, early childhood special education, curriculum adaptation and modification, modifications of student behaviors

Faculty Honors & Awards

Kathlene S. Shank,Professor and Chair - Harry C. Selznick Distinguished Special Education Service Award, Council of Administrators of Special Education Council of Exceptional Children and the Larry Vuillemot Leadership Award, Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education. Rebecca J. Cook, Professor - Distinguished Teacher Educator Award, Illinois Teacher Education Division, and Ronald Gholson Outstanding Service Award, Eastern Illinois University. Christy M. Hooser, Professor - Ronald Gholson Outstanding Service Award, Eastern Illinois University

Special Education, Buzzard Hall 1212
Contact Name: Angi Hallowell
Contact Email: amhallowell@eiu.edu
Web: http://www.eiu.edu/speced/