Out of all of the schools I looked at I must say that choosing South Alabama was a great choice for me. Not just because I am 45 minutes away from home, but because I have had the opportunity to experience so many great things on this campus. I started out as the quiet girl who wasn't really involved in any organizations and now it's a totally different story. While being at South ,I've had the opportunity to gain volunteer experience, meet people from places like Europe, Alaska, and Canada, I am currently working as a Resident Assistant which has helped me get out of my comfort zone and I am gaining experience that I could use in my future classroom, I recently joined a sorority, and I've been inducted into two honor societies since I started in 2011. I have gained a lot of experiences here at South but as I get closer to graduation the thing that excites me the most is being able to graduate with a bachelor's in Special Education and Elementary Education. I bet you're thinking what's so special about that? Well most people go back to school to get their degree in special education because their college does not have a collaborative program that offer a certification in Elementary Education and Special Education. Out of all of the schools I visited and received information from South Alabama was the only school that offered a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. With my dual degree I'm not required to take any extra classes to receive my certification in special education or anything all I am required to do is take the special ed: core knowledge and applications praxis and pass it and I will be a certified special ed teacher. Everything I need as far as special education classes has been built into my studies requirements. NO EXTRA CLASSES
When this day comes I will feel the same way. 4 years and 2 certifications!
The perks of graduating with a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education
-The need for special ed teachers are growing. This increases the chance of finding a job after graduation
- The median range salary for special education teachers is $50,317
-More than likely you will have at least one or two children in your classroom with special education so having that training and background knowledge about special needs children will help you tremendously
Visit The South Alabama College of Education bulletin to learn more about how you can be certified in special education and elementary!