Frequently Asked Questions

What personal characteristics are required for the field of special education?

  • Good communication skills
  • Skills in problem solving and analysis
  • Self-awareness and self-confidence
  • Initiative, reliability, and persistence
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a collaborative team

Is there an introductory course in special education?

Students begin their special education courses by enrolling in EDSP 361: Current Trends in Education for Exceptional Individuals or EDSP 360: Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education. These classes provide an overview of the characteristics and needs of students with disabilities.

What are the requirements for entering the special education program?

Students must be admitted to the teacher education program, which requires a grade point average of 2.50 for entry and continuation in the program and passing scores on Praxis I exams.

What experiential opportunities does Radford University’s special education program have to offer?

Students are placed in classrooms for at least two semesters while taking their professional special education classes during their junior, senior or graduate year. Students in the four-year licensure options complete a field experience in the fall and full-time student teaching during the spring in their senior year. Students in the five-year program complete field experiences in the fall and spring semesters of their senior year and half-time internships in the fall and spring of their graduate year.

What additional study will enhance my career opportunities in the field of special education?

Employers may recommend additional courses for endorsement in other areas of special education in order to meet state requirements for serving students in general classroom settings. Radford University offers graduate programs in: deaf and hard of hearing, early childhood special education, high incidence disabilities, severe disabilities, Visual impairment, and a certificate program in autism studies.

Where can I obtain more information about the field of special education?