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Special Education

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The Spring 2024 Semester Starts January 8, 2024

We’re now accepting applications for the Spring 2024 semester!

Want to learn more about Athens State University’s transfer-friendly Bachelor of Science in Special Education?
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    About Our Special Education Programs

    Program Options

    Special Education K-6

    Collaborative K-6 teachers are responsible for providing detailed and developmentally appropriate instruction to K-6 students who have cognitive, behavioral, physical, and/or multiple disabilities. The collaborative K-6 teacher is knowledgeable about a variety of subjects and uses a vast range of sound research-based strategies to “individualize” instruction.

    The collaborative K-6 degree is for candidates who would like to teach elementary-aged students with cognitive, behavioral, physical, and/or multiple disabilities. Collaborative K-6 teachers often characterize themselves as nurturing, well-organized, and creative with the ability and desire to lead students to success.

    Special Education 6-12

    Collaborative 6-12 teachers are responsible for providing detailed and developmentally appropriate instruction to students in grades 6-12 who have cognitive, behavioral, physical, and/or multiple disabilities. The collaborative 6-12 teacher uses a vast range of sound research-based strategies to individualize instruction and assist in the learning processes within the secondary school setting.

    Collaborative 6-12 teachers design and teach appropriate curricula based on individual student’s needs and abilities, considering academic, behavioral, and social aspects of students’ lives. Teachers in the collaborative 6-12 setting often characterize themselves as task-oriented, well-organized, and creative with the ability and desire to lead students to success.


    Why Choose Athens State for Your Special Education Degree?

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    As an upper-division institution, your goal is our goal — we focus on helping you finish what you started, advance your career, and meet your personal goals.

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    Learn from the best and brightest — faculty members who know what knowledge and skills are needed to succeed in a competitive job market.

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    As the university with the lowest cost of attendance of all public, state institutions in Alabama, Athens State provides you the best value for your investment.


    “As a first-generation college student and product of a single-parent home, I understand the sacrifices that my mother made every day that motivated me to make my life better. My Athens State experience allowed me to complete my Bachelor of Science degree in Education with the help of a foundation scholarship.”

    Dr. Fred Abernathy

    Collaborative/Special Education, ’00


    About Athens State University

    Athens State University, the oldest continuously operating higher-education institution in Alabama, is an upper-division university that meets the needs of students often left underserved in other learning environments. We exclusively serve transfer students – whether they’re returning adult learners or younger undergraduate transfers – and provide them with career-focused education that will prepare them to enter the workforce. Our faculty members are uniquely attentive to the needs of both students and employers, and they develop curricula to serve each group equally. Students graduate from Athens State with the confidence to seize control of their careers and find success in their professional endeavors.