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The All-Level Special Education certification program is designed to prepare prospective educators to teach in a variety of settings for individuals with disabilities including children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities as well those with severe and/or multiple disabilities. The program also focuses on preparing lessons plans, and developing skills for consulting with classroom teachers and parents, and participating in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings.

Declare This Major

Current undergraduate students at UT Austin who would like to transfer into the College of Education are required to attend an internal transfer information session before they can meet with an Academic Advisor.

Once a student is in the College of Education, there is an internal application for the final three semesters of the major (the Professional Development Sequence, or "PDS"). Admission to the PDS requires a minimum 2.5 UT grade point average and completion of required prerequisite coursework.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View a degree plan to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development All-Level Special Education Certification major.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


All-level education majors are accepting and appreciative of differences in others. They are able to work with different types of students in a personable and caring way. Students are not afraid to take risks and are passionate about learning.

Learn about the College of Education Student Organizations.


  • Learn effective approaches in working with children with disabilities, their parents, and other teachers.
  • Ability to assess educational needs of children and youth.
  • Learn to develop curriculum, lesson plans and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
  • Gain confidence in presentation and oral communication skills.
  • Learn to work with all different types of students.