Campbellsville's online Bachelor of Science in Special Education (SPED) program prepares you to support Kentucky's primary–12th-grade students with learning and behavior disorders.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 5/08/2024
Course Length: 16 weeks
Estimated Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 122
Cost Per Credit: $424
Accreditation: CAEP

B.S. Special Ed. – Learning Behavior Disorders (P-12) Overview

Campbellsville University’s online Bachelor of Science in Special Education – Learning Behavior Disorders (P–12) provides the skills, knowledge, and initial certification you need to teach primary through 12th-grade students with learning and behavior disorders in Kentucky. While the program requires clinical experience, the coursework and format are 100% online. You can complete your degree in four years or less, depending on the number of transfer credits.

Our curriculum combines general education content with a comprehensive study of special education theory and methods. You will learn to design lesson plans for diverse learners, create classroom experiences for various abilities, and work with elementary students with various learning disabilities and behaviors.

You will also complete 16 weeks of student teaching to apply what you’ve learned in real special education classrooms. We provide personalized placement assistance to identify student teaching opportunities in your community.

Graduates of the B.S. in Special Education program are prepared for Praxis® exams and have the initial licensure required to teach special education from primary through 12th grade. We also offer a dual certification option in elementary education. Students pursuing the special education major may choose to complete a second major in elementary education, opening doors to more opportunities.

Our faculty are education experts who bring real-world teaching experience into the online classroom. Campbellsville’s education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The programs are approved by the Education Professional Standards Board of Kentucky (EPSB) for teacher education and certification.

Dual Licensure Option Available

Complete the B.S. in Learning & Behavior Disorders degree and the Elementary Education (P–5) Initial Certification together in one dual licensure program. This dual program option will add only one semester to your completion time, allowing you to graduate with two career-focused credentials while saving time and money.
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Course Map

This program consists of 122 credit hours and includes education, clinical practice and related courses within the special education major. The B.S. in Special Education (SPED) – Learning Behavior Disorders can be completed in four years or less, depending on transfer credits and previous academic experience.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for Campbellsville University’s CAEP-accredited, online B.S. in Special Education – Learning Behavior Disorders program, students must complete or submit for review the following:

Apply to CU:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts, including a complete record of all courses attempted, from each college or university attended
  3. If transferring fewer than 24 credit hours, submit an official high school transcript
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.0

Costs & Financial Aid

The Bachelor of Science in Special Education (SPED) program costs $424 per credit hour. Campbellsville University’s staff works with students to discover financial aid options to help students afford their education.

Careers in Special Education

After finishing your B.S. in Special Education (SPED) – Learning Behavior Disorders, you will be qualified to pursue a career as a certified special education teacher in Kentucky from primary through 12th grade. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, special education teachers earn an average of $61,500 per year. Job growth for this role is expected to grow 8 percent through 2030, as fast as the national average.

Why CU Online?

Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format, so you can study whenever and wherever you want.


Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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