Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education and Special Education, Mild/Moderate, Grades 4-8


Department of Teaching and Learning

The Middle School Education and Special Education program at Southeastern trains teachers to meet an area of need as special educators in special and general education classrooms for grades 4 through 8. Students gain hands-on experience and receive high-quality instruction from dedicated faculty.

Career Information

Types of Jobs

  • Middle School Teacher, Grades 4-8
  • Middle School Special Education Teacher, Grades 4-8
  • Inclusion Teacher

Types of Employers

  • Parochial School Systems
  • Private School Systems
  • Public School Systems


  • Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation / National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council for Exceptional Children

  • Course objectives and learner outcomes aligned with COMPASS/ National Institute for Excellence Teaching, and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium.

  • Faculty consists of highly qualified and caring individuals dedicated to producing the highest quality teachers

  • Graduates receive dual certification in elementary and special education

  • The TeachLivE virtual-rehearsal classroom featuring real-time avatars with unique characteristics is available for students to practice classroom management, pedagogy and content teaching skills in a virtual environment

  • Lekotek, a toy lending library with child and family support, offers pedagogical experiences for students and opportunities for collaboration with schools and community groups

  • Snoezelen, a multi-sensory environment to support children and other individuals, provides opportunities for student involvement with multiple disciplines on campus, schools and community groups

  • Honors curriculum available


  • Total semester hours required: 125-130

  • Approximately 110 hours of field experience prior to student teaching

  • Pass all parts of the PRAXIS Core: Pre-Professional Skills Test in Reading, Writing and Mathematics

  • Have a 2.75 cumulative or degree grade point average and a 2.75 cumulative or degree grade point average in work completed at Southeastern

  • Complete and earn a grade of "C" or better in all required professional courses in Education and Educational Psychology

  • Complete and earn a grade of "C" or better in all required courses in first teaching fields (identified on the curriculum sheet)

  • Pass PRAXIS II examinations in Principles of Learning and Teaching and Content Area Specialty Tests

  • Complete and earn a grade of "B" or better in Education 202

  • Successfully complete portfolio submissions during the program

  • Successfully complete student teaching or year-long residency


  • Math

  • English

  • Science

  • Social Studies

Please note, an area of certification must be chosen for this degree in from options above.


  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education, Mild/Moderate, Grades 1-5

  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education – Early Intervention: Birth-5

  • Master of Education in Special Education

  • Certification in English as a Second Language


  • Collegiate Association for Middle Level Education

  • Student Council for Exceptional Children

  • Southeastern Education Association for Students

  • Kappa Delta Pi

  • Phi Delta Kappa

  • Phi Kappa Phi


Contact Information

Ms. Beth Berry 


Mailing address: SLU 10749, Hammond, LA 70402

On-campus address: Cate Teacher Education Center, Room 2018A

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