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Dual Certification in Special Education and Secondary Area



The College of Education offers you the unique opportunity to graduate in four years with dual certification. A Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Special Education equips you to work with students with special needs at all levels (K-12) in the U.S. and internationally. The additional certification can be chosen from the following secondary areas:

  • Art (K-12)
  • Math (6-12)
  • Science (6-12)
  • English (6-12)
  • Social Studies (6-12)
  • Theater (6-12)
  • Spanish (K-12)
  • French (K-12)
  • Physical Education (K-12)

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 Dual Certification in Special Education and Secondary Area


What can I do with a degree in Special Education and Secondary Certification?

  • Teach the respective secondary content area in public and private schools
  • Teach Special Education at all levels in the U.S. and internationally
  • Serve in churches and non-profit institutions
  • Missions and international education
  • Curriculum/product development 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 (150 hours) throughout the degree program
  • Learn child development, teaching methods, classroom management, and culturally responsive teaching
  • Learn to create safe, equitable, positive, and supportive learning environments that value diversity, language, and heritage

What makes ORU’s Special Education with Secondary Certification 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 avatars, 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
  • The opportunity to take up to 12 hours of graduate classes at no additional cost  
  • Nationally recognized mentoring program for ongoing support through your first year of teaching
  • Faculty who model the integration of faith and learning, professional and Spirit-empowered
  • The ORU experience—a challenging, supportive learning community

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. To learn more about financial aid, click here.


Dr. Chance Bosch, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Chair
College of Education

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