Program Overview

With a bachelor’s degree in special education from Maranatha Baptist University, you will be well prepared to teach students with mild disabilities, including specific learning disabilities, mild developmental disorders, and mild behavior disorders. The program prepares the future educator for teaching an entire class of special education students as well as preparing him/her to effectively mentor each student individually. As a lead teacher in the classroom, you’ll be responsible for coordinating all of your students’ IEPs and tracking their progress and goals with the help of parents, counselors, and administrators. Teaching students with disabilities can present unique challenges, as students can sometimes have multiple disabilities or severe disabilities. Maranatha’s Special Education program prepares future teachers for such challenges with practical, relevant content that focuses on a real-world application in a variety of contexts.

You will complete several practicum experiences in classrooms at local schools, giving you the opportunity to put into practice the skills you are learning in the college classroom. Your student teaching experience during the final semester of your program includes a placement in a Resource Room under a certified Special Education teacher and completion of the EdTPA process according to Wisconsin DPI standards. Successful completion of the requirements secures the graduate a Wisconsin certification in Cross-Categorical Special Education, spanning grades K-12.

Program Outcomes

  • Use knowledge of learner development and individual learning differences to select, develop and adapt instructional strategies to advance learning of individuals with exceptionalities
  • Create safe, inclusive learning environments
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with general educators, parents and other colleagues
  • Use knowledge of field and ethical principles to inform, practice, and engage in lifelong learning


8%Projected growth for special education teachers through 2026.*

58KThe median pay for special education teachers.*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Suggested Course Schedule

1st Year

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Education (2)
  • Math for the ELED Teacher 1 (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)
  • The Modern World or US History 1 (3)
  • OT Survey (3)
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
  • Freshman Fieldwork (0)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Math for the ELED Teacher 2 (3)
  • NT Survey (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • The Modern World or US History 2 (3)
  • Music Elective (2)

Total Credits: 17

2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year

Related Minors/Concentrations

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Spanish


Potential Career Fields

  • Classroom Teacher
  • Resource Room Coordinator
  • Special Education Consultant
  • Learning Disabilities Specialist

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees, specialized training, or additional certification and licenses.

MBU Program Faculty

Meet some of the people in who lead this program

Miller, Christina

Christina Miller

School of Education | Assistant Professor


Graduate Certificate-Human Learning and Development, Ball State University

M.S.  Special Education, University of North Dakota

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, Maranatha Baptist University

Handyside, David

David Handyside

School of Education | Associate Professor


MEd Educational Administration and Supervision, University of Illinois

BS Elementary Education, Cedarville University

Dana D.

Dana Davis

School of Education | Assistant Professor


MS Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout

BS Elementary Education, Southern Illinois University

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