Bachelor of Education in
Elementary Education - Special Education



The College of Education offers you the unique opportunity to graduate in four years with dual certification. A Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Elementary Education enables you to teach first through eighth grade in most subject areas, except 7th and 8th grade math. The additional certification in Special Education equips you to work with Special Education students in all 13 categories of mild-moderate disabilities from preschool to high school. Aligned with national and state standards, successfully completed programs lead to Oklahoma Teacher Certification and can be transferred to other states as well as internationally.

Degree Plan for B.Ed. in Elementary Education - Special Education

What can I do with a degree in elementary education with Special Education certification?

  • Teach children Pre-K through grade 12 in public, private, and Christian schools
  • Teach in schools and other settings focused on meeting needs of children with disabilites
  • Serve in churches and non-profit institutions
  • Work in missions and international education
  • Develop curriculum/product and sales

What are some of the core experiences?

  • Active, hands-on learning with experienced faculty committed to your success
  • Small classes with personal attention
  • Extensive classroom experiences (130 hours) throughout the degree program in diverse settings
  • Learning-centered environments embedded in classroom conversation
  • Developmentally appropriate practices that create safe, equitable, positive, and supportive learning envrionments that value diversity, language, and heritage

What makes ORU’s elementary education with Special Education program stand out?

  • Two certifications are earned in the time and expense usually required for one
  • Dual certification broadens your expertise, so you have more to offer potential employers
  • An innovative learning environment that includes technology-enhanced learning strategies and Google Level 1 and 2 certifications
  • A research-based emphasis on literacy as a tool for processing, problem-solving, and communication
  • Nationally recognized mentoring program for ongoing support through your first year of teaching
  • Faculty who model the integration of faith and learning, professionalism, and Spirit-empowered teaching
  • The ORU experience—a challenging, supportive learning community

Fast-track program

ORU's Fast Track program offers you the opportunity to complete up to 12 hours of graduate course work as an undergraduate student…with no additional cost! For more information click here.

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship.

Quest Whole Leader Scholarship

General ORU Scholarships and Financial Aid

College of Education Scholarships (Applications available every spring for current ORU College of Education candidates)


Dr. Jared Johnston
Undergraduate Chair

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