This program introduces students to the fundamentals of teaching in special education situations. It includes general education courses and professional studies in early childhood development, child psychology, educational philosophy, and specialized teaching methodologies. Students receive instruction in lesson preparation and presentation, classroom management, integration of a biblical worldview and application of biblical knowledge to the teaching profession, development and implementation of curriculum, and current trends in education. They develop their own philosophy of education based on these insights, and they demonstrate their skills and knowledge through an electronic portfolio using the InTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) Standards. Field experiences expose students to the full range of special education in Tennessee, including public and Christian schools.

This program includes a “fifth year” in which students earn a Master of Arts in Holistic Education and complete their licensure. Learn more about this program here.

Visit our Undergraduate Education Degrees page to learn more about requirements for entrance to the Templar School of Education, field experiences, and licensure!

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This degree does not include any concentrations.


Courses may include:

  • Classroom Management with Regular and Special Populations
  • Techniques for Inclusion of Diverse Learners
  • Managing Challenging Behaviors and Special Education Law
  • Nature and Needs of the Gifted

For more details on this program, check out our academic catalog.


Graduates with this degree are prepared for entry-level positions teaching in public and private K-8 schools. Students may also pursue graduate studies in the Templar School of Education.