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Faculty of Humanities and Education

School of Education


Bachelor of Education (Special Education)

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About the Programme

Learn how to work effectively with students with disabilities!

Apply to pursue an exciting Bachelor of Education degree with a specialisation in Special Education at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Barbados.

What Will I Study?

You will discover:

  • What Special Education is
  • The characteristics and nature of Special Needs
  • The role of schools and teachers in meeting the needs of these students
  • How to cater to the needs of students with disabilities
  • Current issues and topics in the field of Special Education


Our Faculty conducts research in all areas of Special and Inclusive Education.

Career Opportunities

If you want to:

  • Advance your career as a teacher
  • Be a social worker
  • Be an advocate for children with disabilities
  • Become a speech therapist, education assessor or interventionist for students with disabilities
  • Continue on to the postgraduate programme

Then this degree is for you!

Why Study in Barbados

Come for a semester on Study Abroad or pursue a full degree in a multicultural learning environment. Enjoy the beach, experience the culture and excel in your studies.

We welcome local, international and regional students.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Undergraduate
  • Qualification: BEd
  • Duration: Full-time: 3 Years (Minimum)


Programme Details

You will complete courses in:

  • EDSE 2924 Introduction to Special Education
  • EDSE 3100 Working with Exceptional Learners
  • EDSE 3901 The Education of Children with Physical and Health Impairments
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We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and financial aid are available. Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget. View Tuition Costs »

  • A minimum of five (5) passes in CSEC General Proficiency Grade I, II or Grade III (Grade III if done after 1998], or GCE O’ Levels at least Grade C, or BGCSE examinations including English and one of the following: a foreign language, mathematics, geography, or an approved science subject;
  • For the B Ed Programme: a Teachers’ College Diploma or Teachers’ College Certificate, and
  1. be a trained teacher in the area of Special Education; that is, must have completed at least a two-year Teachers’ College Certificate in Special Education at a satisfactory level; or
  2. have successfully completed a two-year Teachers’ College Certificate and, in addition, have completed at least a one-year course in an area in Special Education at a satisfactory level; or
  3. possess any other qualification deemed satisfactory by the School of Education.

If you have any questions about our Bachelor of Education (Special Education) Programme, please e-mail or call 246-417-4426.