Bachelor of Education - Special Education

The bachelor of special education program is designed to prepare teachers of K–12 who specialize in accommodating learner diversity and exceptionalities in the school system. This program is available through part-time or full-time study. A limited number of courses are available through distance education. Candidates must comply with the university’s Regulations for a Second Degree as outlined in the general regulations section of the Calendar.

The Bachelor of Special Education is a 36 credit hour, second degree program designed for the preparation of special education teachers. Candidates must hold an acceptable prior degree in education before being considered for admission.

The Bachelor of Special Education program can be completed either through full-time or part-time study. A limited number of courses are available through distance education. A tentative Special Education Course Plan has been developed to aid student’s course planning. This Course Plan is subject to change, pending enrollment and availability of instructors. Please plan your courses carefully, making sure to prioritize required courses. See Registration page for Course Offerings and schedule.

Please note that students are permitted to transfer up to 2 courses from another university, pending approval of suitability by MUN.

The deadline for submission of application is January 15.

Note: This program is currently under review.


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the bachelor of special education program, candidates must have:

      • Been awarded a degree in primary and/or elementary education, music education, or intermediate/secondary education from Memorial University or another recognized institution.
      • Completed EDUC 4240 (or equivalent) and EDUC 3312 and 3543, or 4350 (or equivalent).
      • Successfully completed a professional internship in education or have equivalent teaching experience prior to admission.
      • A minimum 65 per cent average in the last 60 attempted credit hours (not including the internship).

Consideration will be given to the courses for which students are registered at the time of application. Provisional acceptance may be granted to an applicant who will successfully complete all prerequisites prior to the commencement of the program. A percentage of program spaces will be allocated to applicants having relevant teaching experience.

The deadline for submission of application is January 15.

Supporting documents 

Reference (2 required): To be completed by an individual who can verify your suitability to work with exceptional children.

Referees' names and email addresses will be requested and collected electronically by the Office of the Registrar during the online application process. Referees will be contacted by the Office of the Registrar shortly after submission of your online application for admission.

Bachelor of Special Education Teaching Experience Form or a letter from your School District confirming your total number of teaching Days. To be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar

Official transcripts from institutions other than Memorial University are to be submitted at the time of application indicating courses in progress and courses completed. Official Transcripts are to be sent directly from the awarding Institution to The Office of the Registrar, Memorial University. Your final transcript indicating the award of your Bachelor’s Degree(s) and/or Winter Semester grades must be received by the Office of the Registrar no later than June 15.

Career Opportunities

In addition to being qualified as a special education teacher, graduates of the program are often seen as having an advantage for both regular classroom and leadership positions in the school system. The skills learned, including organization and planning, conflict resolution and interagency collaboration, also provide graduates with the background for a variety of industry-based positions.


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