Online Bachelors Degrees in Special Education

As expanding research allows professionals to diagnose special needs students earlier and with greater accuracy, many public schools are seeing an increase in the number of students who have special needs. There are also many new regulations that require schools to accommodate students with disabilities. Both factors contribute to the need for special education teachers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for special educators should be "excellent" during the coming years.*

All states require special education teachers to be licensed, but depending on where you live, you might need to earn a general K-12 educator's license, a general special education teacher license, or a license that covers specific fields within special education. In many cases, earning an online bachelors degree in special education may qualify you to receive the appropriate license — at least on an initial basis. However, you will need to check with your state's department of education, since some states require you to hold a master degree or earn one within several years of being hired.

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