A new degree option was introduced last academic year as a pilot program by the College of Education. Beginning in the second semester of their freshman year, students may now complete the Elementary Education Unified program in which they earn both general and special education teaching licenses for grades K-6 simultaneously.

The pilot program was so successful, it has become a permanent part of the COE.

“I feel like I’m more prepared to help any student who walks into my classroom,” said Ravyn Burdette, a senior from Kansas City, Kansas. “And I definitely feel like it makes me more marketable.”