Make a difference for exceptional children!

Special Education Teachers are uniquely prepared to serve exceptional children that have a range of special needs.  You will gain the skills needed to reach all children as a special education teacher.

If you’re passionate about serving children with special needs, becoming a special education teacher is exactly the path for you.  Put your passion to work with a degree and certification where you can make a meaningful contribution in students’ lives as a teacher. We will guide you in developing the skills and credentials you need to educate and care for diverse learners. And this online path prepares you for teacher licensure, so you will be qualified to obtain your teaching certification.

You will take eight professional core courses that will prepare you to handle unique educational situations and become an amazing teacher. These education courses focus on a variety of important topics including the science of teaching reading, using technology as an educator and teaching to a diverse classroom.  These eight professional core courses are also coupled with preclinical experience to help ensure you are ready for your exceptional students.

This path includes coursework and assessments, as well as a preclinical experience that includes observation hours. While you’ll complete your coursework online, you’ll also get in-classroom experience.

Is there a need for special education teachers? ABSOLUTELY!

Special education teachers are in great demand. Increasingly, schools have more exceptional children that need committed, caring, prepared educators to step into the lives and help them reach their potential. Will you be the one that inspires these wonderful children to aim high?


Curriculum that prepares you to be an amazing educator.

Program consists of: 40 Courses

We designed this teacher preparation program to be timely, relevant, and practical—in other words, to make sure your bachelor’s degree proves you’ve acquired the advanced knowledge and skills to help students learn.

Every course focuses on clearly defined competencies you must prove you’ve learned—through tests, papers, projects, or other assessments. Demonstrating mastery is how you pass a course, so learning what it takes to be an outstanding educator is at the heart of our program.

120 Hour Credit Program to receive a Bachelor of Science in Transformational Christian Education.

Our goal: You graduate with little or no debt.

By charging tuition on a monthly basis, our students are able to keep their college tuition debt to a minimum.  Most of our students are working adults, providing for their families while also attending Hartwell.  We recognize the challenges this brings and work to develop a financial plan that helps you accomplish your goals while still providing for those that rely on you.

Become a special education teacher for less than half what you’d pay elsewhere.

Low tuition and the ability to earn credits for working as a paraprofessional make Hartwell more affordable than most other schools. When you compare us with other programs, our path to offers a rigorous curriculum preparing you to be an impactful teacher for considerably less what you’d pay at another university.

A Flexible Learning Path: You Set The Pace

Hartwell offers you a path designed to fit your life – and all the demands of your time.

“For nontraditional students who have jobs, who have families, it is an excellent way to go. I had every bit of support I needed.”

Professional responsibilities. Family obligations. Personal commitments. At Hartwell, we understand schedules are tight and often unpredictable for adult students. That’s why we offer a flexible, personalized approach to how education should be. No rigid required number of courses per semester.  Just a solid, career-focused program that meshes with your current lifestyle. You’ll be challenged. You’ll work hard. But if you commit yourself and put in the hours needed, Hartwell makes it possible for you to earn a highly respected degree as a busy working adult.

Courses in this program.

This program comprises the following courses.  You will make your way through your program, working with your mentor each term to build your personalized Degree Plan.

Transformational Education Courses

TCED 102 – Principles of Teaching in Christian Education
TCED 201 – Introduction to Christian Education
TCED 210 – Using Your Giftings Through Fine Arts in the Classroom
TCED 301 – Transformational Methods of Elementary Education
TCED 311 – Transformational Methods and Materials in ESL/SpEd
TCED 320 – Transformational Teaching Methods
TCED 330 – Transformational Elementary and Secondary Curriculum
TCED 410 – Transformational Classroom Assessment
TCED 420 – Teaching all of God’s Children

TCED 441 – Field Experience I
TCED 442 – Field Experience 2
TCED 443 – Field Experience 3
TCED 444 – Field Experience 4


Communications Courses

CMIN 101: Reading and Composition
CMIN 102: Writing for Research
CMIN 110 – Communications in Ministry
CMIN 201 – Christian Literature 1
CMIN 202 – Christian Literature 2
CMIN 300 – Cross Cultural Communication

Broad Knowledge and Intellectual Skills Courses

CMIN 205 – Introduction to Psychology and Biblical Guidance
CMIN 210 – Microeconomics & Biblical Stewardship
CMIN 211 – Macroeconomics & Biblically Aligned Policy
CMIN 310 – Personality Development from a Biblical Worldview
CSI 101 – Physical Science through a Biblical Worldview
CSI 201 – Foundations of Chemistry
CSI 202 – Biology and the Bible
HEAL 101 – Caring for Mind, Body and Spirit
HST 101 – Influence of Christianity on Early United States History
HST 102 – Influence of Christianity on Recent United States History
MTH 101 – Introduction to Mathematics for Christian Educators
MTH 102 – College Algebra
MTH 201 – Introduction to Probability & Statistics
MTH 401 – Math for K-12 Christian Educators

PHIL 403 – World Religions
PLS 201 – Judeo Christian Influence on US Govt & Economic System
PLS 202 – Judeo Christian Influence on State & Local Govt

SOSC 210 – Human Geography

Christian Life, Thought and Social Responsibility Courses

BIBL 101 – New Testament Discovery
BIBL 201 – Following Jesus and Spiritual Formation
BIBL 300 – Gospel Movements of Jesus

State Licensure Requirements

Each state in the U.S. has specific testing requirements that must be met or completed in addition to completing your bachelor’s degree program. Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include a number of factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of official transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required entrance exams and basic skills tests