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With a minor in disability studies you’ll gain a new perspective in working with children with special needs and learn how to integrate developmentally appropriate lesson plans.


  • A challenging and supportive academic environment
  • Experienced university faculty and assignments that apply to everyday life
  • With the completion of the minor in Educational Disabilities, you will have three course, 6 units, completed for the Education Specialist Credential program.

Career opportunities

A minor in Disability Studies is ideal for potential Special Education teachers. You’ll gain an avenue to explore the field of special education while meeting Preliminary Education Specialist Credential requirements.  

Program directors

Megan Chaney
Megan Chaney, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Special Education, Division Chair, Special Education

Kelly Bentz, Ph.D.
Kelly J. Bentz, Ph.D.

Program Director Special Education Merced Campus, Assistant Professor

Donna Martin
Donna Martin

Special Education Program Director - Visalia Center

Admission requirements

  • Application form
  • $40 fee (fee is waived for those attending an information meeting)
  • Official high school transcripts or diploma
  • Verification of negative TB test (within last 12 months)


  • Minimum 2.4 GPA 

Course listing

Required Courses (18 Units)

SPEC 300Education Foundations3
SPEC 310Introduction to Disabilities3
SPEC 320School Health3
MIN 330Disability Ministry Concepts3
SPEC 340Medical Disabilities in the Classroom3
SPEC 350Introduction English Language Learner in Special Education3