University of Mobile Announces New Bachelor of Science in Collaborative Special Education

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MOBILE, Ala. – A new bachelor’s degree in special education at University of Mobile prepares graduates to teach special education in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Graduates of the new Bachelor of Science in Collaborative Special Education will be considered Highly Qualified (HQ) by the Alabama State Department of Education and certified to teach special education in grades K-6.

Dr. Carolyn Corliss, dean of the University of Mobile School of Education, said the job outlook is good for special education teachers as schools increasingly are identifying students with learning disabilities earlier and the field is projected to grow, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Special education teachers play a crucial role in our education system by working with vulnerable students who have documented learning disabilities or other cognitive and emotional impairments,” Corliss said.

“A bachelor’s degree in special education prepares graduates to create learning tailored for these students, which entails adapting general education curricula to fit those with moderate disabilities, or developing basic literacy and life skills for those with more severe challenges,” she added.

University of Mobile is accepting applications now, with classes beginning summer and fall semesters.

For more information about the UM School of Education and to apply, visit the website at or contact Dr. Cynthia Erickson, assistant professor of education, at or 251.442.2392.


About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.


For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning media relations director and former journalist whose expertise has enabled the University of Mobile to gain national and regional attention. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Auburn University and worked as a journalist for 12 years, including 10 years at the Mobile Press-Register, earning regional and national awards for coverage of education, deadline reporting and feature writing. She joined the University of Mobile staff in 1993, earning awards for writing and public relations including the Baptist Communicators Association grand prize for feature writing in 2015 and 2012. She is a charter member of Providence United Methodist Church, serves on the board of the John Will Scholarship Foundation, and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from the University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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