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Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Bachelor of Science in Special Education

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Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $550
University of Arizona College of Education

College of Education

Program Details

As a teacher candidate, completing your undergraduate teacher preparation program K-12 degree in Mild to Moderate Disabilities qualifies you to support students with high-incidence disabilities in various settings. Through rigorous instruction in evidence-based, high-impact strategies and diverse field placement experiences, you will enhance the learning styles of students you interact with. Faculty and teacher candidates work together to create coaching and mentorship opportunities to develop each teacher candidates' teaching skills and abilities.

Courses are carefully designed to match the learner's needs with research-based practice and practical field-based application each semester. You will have the opportunity to take three semesters of field-based practicum experiences before the student teaching semester. Intensive coaching will be provided to you throughout your program.

Teachers with this degree emphasize supporting students with Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotional-Behavioral Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Attention Deficit Disorders. Instructional delivery may occur across the continuum of services: inclusionary setting, co-teaching environments, self-contained classrooms, etc.

You must be an Arizona resident to enroll in the Mild to Moderate Disabilities program.

The program has additional admissions criteria. Please visit the College of Education Undergraduate Admissions page to read the professional admission information.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


This program consists of a three-semester sequence of coursework and culminates in a one-semester (60 day) supervised internship in an approved special education setting with a certified special education teacher. The curriculum for this program includes:

SERP 400: Survey of Exceptional Students
SERP 402: Behavior Principles and Disability
SERP 403: Special Services in the Schools
SERP 405: Introduction to Learning Disabilities
SERP 407A: Special Education Assessment (Elementary)
SERP 407B: Special Education Methods Reading, Writing, Math (Elementary)
SERP 408A: Assessment for Secondary
SERP 408B: Methods for Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities at Secondary
SERP 415: Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
SERP 434: Language Development in the Exceptional Child
SERP 475: Practicum (Three Semesters)
SERP 493: Internship (Student Teaching)
SERP 497E: Collaboration



Earning your Bachelor of Science in Special Education in Mild to Moderate Disabilities will build core skills, including:

  • Providing high-impact instruction for students with diverse needs
  • Conducting educational assessments
  • Developing educational plans
  • Creating behavior intervention plans
  • Consulting with general education teachers
  • Coordinating educational meetings
  • Managing educational records

Special education teachers of students with mild to moderate disabilities meet the needs of their students by engaging in a wide variety of responsibilities. Teachers with this degree emphasis will be supporting students with:

  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Emotional-Behavioral Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Disorders