Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Bismarck, ND; Main Campus
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Exceptional Learners Bachelor's Degree Program

Four-year degree; Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS)

Graduates of the Exceptional Learners program will be knowledgeable in working with individuals with exceptionalities from early childhood to early adulthood. The coursework emphasizes supporting individuals not only within the education environment but also within the community. The Exceptional Learners degree is designed to accommodate individual student interest by complementing minors and graduate school pre-requisite coursework. 

Exceptional Learners Degree Program Highlights

After completing the required curriculum, graduates of the Exceptional Learners program will be able to:

  1. Identify and apply characteristics of exceptionalities, best practices, human development, federal and state special education laws, general school curriculum, behavior support, and assessment

  2. Identify and apply strategies to support people with exceptionalities in the education environment, at home and in the community

  3. Effectively collaborate with families, community agencies and schools

  4. Demonstrate personal, professional skills and attitudes that prepare them for a variety of roles supporting people with exceptionalities in schools, human service agencies, adult education, and community-home services

Career Outlook for Exceptional Learner Majors

Students graduating with the Exceptional Leaners major will seek careers within:

  • Human service agencies
  • Community support agencies
  • Advocacy organizations
  • Consulting firms 

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


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