• Application Deadline
  • 60 months
  • English


Throughout this program, you’ll gain comprehensive knowledge of instructional theory and practice and general special education. You’ll also examine traditional and innovative research-based approaches to teaching a diverse population of students.

And you’ll meet the requirements for both the elementary and special education endorsements without taking any additional credits (120 total credits). Graduates of this program are highly marketable candidates for both elementary education and special education teaching positions.Become an engaging, inspiring leader in the classroom with the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education / Special Education degree program at Southern New Hampshire University.

Complete your BA and MAT in Just Five Years

Looking for an opportunity to refine your teaching skills even more? Further pursue your passion for teaching and working with children as you earn your bachelor's and master's degrees — as well as your teacher certification — in our combined five-year program.

Whether you're entering college straight out of high school or you've been working in the "real world" and always wanted to teach, you can add SNHU's Master of Arts in Teaching program to the BA in Elementary Education degree program, taking your preparation for teaching that much further – and making you that much more marketable. With so much hands-on experience, a five-year MAT program helps prepare you for the competitive teaching field by providing more breadth of experience and knowledge in the field.

Internships & Outcomes

With SNHU's combined BA/MAT, you'll be prepared for a number of career opportunities in various classroom and other settings. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, special education teachers will see growth of around six percent through 2022, while K-12 educators can expect anywhere between twelve percent for kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers and six percent for high school teachers.

Although competitive, the outlook for education jobs in the years ahead looks promising for graduates:

  • Many veteran teachers approaching retirement will drive demand for new early education teachers over the next decade, and
  • Parents will continue to seek quality early childhood programs for their children.

This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher’s license or endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits. View disclosure information.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Required Core Courses

  • General Education Program

Elementary Education/Special Education Courses

  • Introduction to Education
  • Assessment, Accountability and Teaching in the Classroom
  • Learning with Technology
  • Literature for Children and Young Adolescents
  • Emerging and Early Literacy: Grades K-4
  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning
  • The Inclusive Classroom
  • Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics
  • Literacy in the Content Areas: 4-8
  • Literacy Facilitation for all Learners
  • Science for Early Learners
For more information, please check the program website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Freshman Application Guidelines

As we look at your application, our first consideration is your academic background. We also look for well-rounded students who have a variety of interests and have been involved in school and/or community activities.

Most candidates admitted to SNHU have completed 16 college-prep courses, including:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or more years of mathematics
  • Two or more years of science
  • Two or more years of social science

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    30756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30756 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National Applies to you

    30756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30756 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Manchester

  • 410 - 1550 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


SNHU offers several types of grant and scholarship programs to full-time undergraduate day students. This year we're increasing our aid so that students with GPAs of 2.5 and higher could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships. Most of our degree-seeking students receive some form of financial assistance.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.