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Bachelor of Science in

Special Education



Oral Roberts University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Early Special Education is a residential program that will prepare you to become an effective and successful teacher for students with special needs. You will benefit from our diverse program that focuses on the three segments of teaching- general education, specialized subject area education and professional education. Through this integrated approach, you will graduate with comprehensive teaching knowledge and preparedness.

In the Special Education major you will become acquainted with the different exceptionalities served in schools and will learn about the needs of students with disabilities. From there, you will begin to understand how to develop effective and helpful plans to meet those needs and forge an educational path in collaboration with other professional services.

If you decide that ORU’s Special Education major is for you, the first step is to be admitted to the Professional Education Program before you have completed 75 hours in your degree. All ORU Education majors working toward a standard teaching certificate need to be in this program as a prerequisite to student teaching.

We are committed to your growth and want to see you fulfill the amazing plans God has for you as a teacher in public, private, Christian or home school. We believe that our Special Education major will help get you there.

What can I do with a degree from ORU in Early Childhood Development?

Transform lives by becoming a teacher. Over the next decade, America’s Schools will need over 2 million teachers. You are so needed! As a certified teacher trained as a Christian educator and Special Needs-focused, you will be so valuable to the world of education.

What are some of the core experiences of this program?

  • Parents and Families of Students with Special Needs
  • Behavior Management Strategies
  • Effective Instruction for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities
  • Methods, Strategies, and Techniques for Teaching Students with Mild - Moderate Disabilities
  • Issues, Trends, and Curriculum Modification in Special Education
  • Elementary Reading Methods with Practicum
  • Literacy Assessment and Clinical Experience
  • Professional Education Courses

What makes ORU’s Special Education program stand out?

Not only will you will receive a diverse, comprehensive God-centered education, but you will also be lead by a team of professors that are second to none. Together, we will strive for excellence and ensure you are equipped to bring light into whatever classroom you step into. The experience you will receive at ORU will train you for the classroom and the world.

In the Education department at ORU, we feel strongly in our Unit Theme (to be transformed by the renewing of our minds- Romans 12:2), Unit Mission (to go into every person’s world), and Unit Vision (to produce lasting fruit John 15:16) to provide a firm foundation for the department. These core values of our program keep us running toward our goal and united in our cause.

What about accreditation? 

As a university, we exceed the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the top outside regulators in the U.S.

The ORU College of Education is accredited by the following associations:

  • Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP )
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

The ORU College of Education is recognized by the following agencies:

  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education

The ORU College of Education holds memberships with the following associations:

  • American Association of College of Teacher Education
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities

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 Leader Scholarship. To learn more about financial aid, click here.

ORU College of Education Holmes Scholars program is a partnership between ORU College of Education and AACTE Holmes Scholars® that has been established to support Quest scholarship awarded doctoral candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds who are pursuing careers in education.

The AACTE Holmes Scholars program will provide mentorship, peer support, and rich professional development opportunities. Scholars will become or are candidates for faculty and leadership positions in teacher education, field specializations, or educational research.

By partnering with the AACTE Holmes Scholars program, ORU COE aims to strengthen our support of the promotion of diversity within the professional community and prepare educators to serve diverse learners.


Linda G. Dunham, Ed.D.
Chair of the Undergraduate College of Education 

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