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Special Education

            Have The Courage To Make A Difference


You can make a difference in the lives of children with special needs by choosing a career in Special Education. Special education teachers teach students who have disabilities such as learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, autism, or developmental disabilities.

The special education program at Texas State University-San Marcos is housed within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Highly respected throughout the state, the Special Education program is designed to prepare future  educators to meet the complex challenges of today's public schools.

Teacher Certification

The Texas all-level Generic Special Education certificate allows teachers to teach students ages 3-21 with any type of disability. We offer both undergraduate and post-graduate programs that lead to this certificate. We welcome traditional students as well as those seeking a second career. Our CASE program is designed for graduate students seeking Special Education Teacher Certification.

Master of Education (MEd)

Graduate students who wish to pursue advanced study in special education may choose one of our master's programs listed on the right side of this page.

So, if you're a smart person with a big heart, become a special educator!

Application Instructions

Program Links

Autism/Applied Behavior Analysis
Behavior Disorders/Positive Behavior Supports
Career Alternatives in Special Education
(teacher certification)
Learning Disabilities/Inclusion