Dr. John Farris
Associate Professor of Education
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Special Education is part of the Teacher Education Department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
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What makes an OBU Special Education degree special?
In our special education department, we emphasize the importance of implementing a multisensory approach to all learners. We study a wide range of disabilities from mild to severe and provide students the instruction necessary to enhance and broaden their knowledge and tailor the program to their area of interest. Graduates are prepared and confident to conduct IEP meetings, provide strategies to improve inclusion success and implement positive behavior support in classroom settings to meet the needs of students from an emotional and behavioral standpoint.
What are OBU grads doing with their Special Education degrees?
Teaching in resource pull-out settings, inclusion settings and in other type facilities in need of special education professionals.
What courses can I take?
In the special education department you will have a small class size which gives students optimal chance for learning and one-on-one instruction. The classes are geared to prepare future teachers by beginning with the foundation class for special education, exceptional child and then to end with a methods course where students will be familiar with all disabilities, lesson plans, and be confident in implementing strategies for students with special needs.
What do OBU Special Education faculty specialize in?
Mild and moderate disabilities, applied behavior analysis (ABA), positive behavior supports (PBS), autism and developing and implementing inclusion programs.
The department will take several field trips to provide knowledge to future graduates on their options after graduating from OBU with a special education degree. Each year the department takes a group of students to the national council for exceptional children conference where students have the opportunity to choose from over 750 sessions to enhance their knowledge on desired interests in the area of special education. Seniors are expected to present a topic of choice at the conference which helps them in their future endeavors in the professional arena.