Provost & Academic Vice President

Student Learning Outcomes

Special Education  (B.S.Ed.)


Based on standards established by the Council for Exceptional Children, upon completion of this program, the student will be able to: 

  1. understand how exceptionalities may interact with development and learning and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences for individuals with exceptionalities
  2. create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with exceptionalities become active and effective learners and develop emotional well-being, positive social interactions, and self-determination
  3. use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for individuals with exceptionalities
  4. use multiple methods of assessment and data-sources in making educational decisions
  5. select, adapt, and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance learning of individuals with exceptionalities
  6. use foundational knowledge of the field and his or her professional Ethical Principles and Practice Standards to inform special education practica, to engage in lifelong learning, and to advance the profession
  7. collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, individuals with exceptionalities, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences

In addition to the outcomes listed above, all professional educator licensure programs at Western Illinois University are designed to meet the 2013 Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (IAC 23, Part 25)  and are also aligned with the standards established by the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium.  These standards can be found at the links below: