Learning Disabilities

Helping those who can’t help themselves

Children with learning disabilities require specialized instruction, care, and attention. If you enjoy encouraging children who have special challenges and could see yourself serving as a classroom teacher in regular and inclusive settings or as a special education consultant, consider adding this minor to your major. Besides valuable Bible and general studies courses, you’ll receive hands-on training in assessment, behavior management, curriculum, and instruction for a variety of exceptionalities, particularly learning disabilities. You’ll also gain a solid understanding of the many federal laws that govern special education.

In today’s modern and inclusive education system, the vast majority of students receiving special education services are taught in the regular education classroom. Consequently, every teacher will have to know how to meet the special needs of these students.

If you are an elementary education major, this minor adds an extra area of specialization that will make you more valuable as a teacher. And unlike many other special education programs in secular and Christian colleges and universities, this program offers complete preparation in both elementary and special education. Of course, non-education majors may also select this minor.

In the real world

Charanne Elliott (’03) works in a public middle school in Hartford, Wisconsin, teaching 7th and 8th grade special education students. Each year brings new challenges, she says, but “I am so honored that the Lord has called me to this mission field, and I pray that the Lord would use me to bring many students and teachers to Him.”

Your potential career

  • Classroom teacher
  • Special education consultant to classroom teacher
  • Special education teacher in pull-out, resource, or self-contained settings

Required courses

Intro. to Mental Retardation & Emotional/Behavior Disorders3
Introduction to Learning Disabilities3
Introduction to Communication Disorders2
Working with Parents/Community Agencies2
Adaptive Physical Education3
Transition & Life Skills Education2
Educational Diagnosis & Assessment3
Teaching Exceptional Children3
Topics in Special Education2
Electives (none required)0
Beginning Sign Language
Intermediate Sign Language
Motor Learning