Mission of Special Education

Mission of Special Education


Mission and Beliefs
The mission of the Department of Exceptionality Programs is to prepare future educators, leaders and service professionals to promote and provide quality support to all individuals for the purpose of developing and enhancing the skills necessary for independent living and self-directed learning.

Belief Statements

The following reflects the philosophy and aims of BU's special education program, where we believe our program should prepare future educators, as leaders and service providers, to:

  • Respect and serve all individuals and their families
  • Develop and incorporate positive moral and ethical beliefs and actions in accordance with the Council for Exceptional Children Code of Ethics and the Pennsylvania Professional Educator Standards
  • Serve individuals possessing a wide range of abilities and disabilities based upon their identified needs, whether they be cognitive, behavioral, psychomotor, affective, or functional
  • Serve as a resource for others regarding needed services
  • Effectively collaborate and advocate with individuals with disabilities and other professionals
  • Continually assess the quality of instructional and programmatic effectiveness in order to improve services for individuals with disabilities and their families
  • Link theory to practice through field-based study, modeling of effective instruction, exposure to current research, technological application and exposure to individuals with diverse needs
  • Develop appropriate person-centered curricula, plan instruction, teach, evaluate effectiveness, and manage in a variety of learning environments
  • Solve problems through self-reflection and evaluation, collaborative learning, adaptation, and flexible approaches within a linguistic and multicultural community