The special education major prepares you to teach all learners, value each individual and empower them to live into God’s plan for their lives.
Through your special education program with a learning disabilities emphasis, you will be prepared to teach special education in a K-12 setting. At Cornerstone, our special education majors are also trained to be certified in teaching within a general classroom setting within their chosen content area in grades 7-12.
The special education major is a rigorous program for students who are driven by the desire to see others succeed. By learning and understanding the intricacies of neuro-diverse brains, you will be able to equip all learners. On top of that, your courses are taught from a Christ-centered perspective.
When you graduate from this program, you’ll be equipped to obtain your K-12 Special Education Endorsement. Additionally, your courses and field experience in this program will prepare you to teach within your content area in grades 7-12, providing you with flexibility and choice to teach in various settings.
Careers in special education are numerous. Here are some career opportunities for program graduates.
General education teacher
Special education resource teacher
Self-contained special education teacher
Special Education Field Experiences
Each student in the special education major takes part in a student teaching practicum as part of their studies.
Special education majors graduate with a variety of placements in K-12 settings, which include public, charter and private schools in the Grand Rapids area.
Of graduates passed the MTTC LD State Certification test the first time.
Of special education students in 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Dual certification makes you highly marketable.
Broad Preparations for Specialization
At Cornerstone, you will thrive both as a student and a Christ-follower. With courses infused with faith and Scripture, your professors are dedicated to seeing you grow as a whole person.