Special Education (Elementary Education) - Bachelor of Science in Education

The undergraduate special education program is an NCATE accredited program designed to prepare teacher candidates for dual licensure in special education and either elementary or secondary education. Students graduate with the preparation to teach in environments across the continuum of special education services. In addition to special education coursework, students complete an academic teaching field within their dual major (elementary or secondary). 

Students should meet with the College of Education Undergraduate Resource Center to plan appropriate general education courses for a special education major. See “General Requirements” in the “College of Education” section. Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program as a condition for enrolling in courses that lead to licensure. Students must pass ENGL, MATH, all education, and teaching field/concentration courses with a C- or better.

Teaching Field: Language Arts

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 123 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 14
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 211GWriting in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
or ENGL 311G Advanced Composition
Oral Communication
COMM 253GPublic Speaking 2, 33
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 112GFundamentals of Elementary Math II 13
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (8 credits) 4
Human Growth and Behavior3
Area V: Humanities
Global History to 15003
Global History Since 1500
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Choose one from the following courses3
Orientation in Art3
Dance Appreciation3
An Introduction to Music3
The World of Theatre3
General Education Elective
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History
Viewing the Wider World 56
Departmental/College Requirements
Education Core Requirements
EDUC 103Introduction with Internship in Bilingual Education/ESL 13
SPED 350Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 13
EDLT 368Integrating Technology with Teaching 13
SPED 459Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
SPED 463Introduction to Assessment of Diverse Exceptional Learners3
SPED 406High Incidence Disabilities in a Diverse Society 33
SPED 407Low Incidence Disabilities in a Diverse Society 33
SPED 481Practicum in Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity 33
Student Teaching
SPED 482Student Teaching SPED 212
Elementary Education Teaching Methods
Block A
EDUC 343Language, Literacy, and Culture in the ESL Classrooms 3,63
EDUC 451Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science 33
EDUC 452Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics 33
RDG 360Elementary School Literacy I 2, 33
SPED 360Elementary Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society 33
Block B
EDUC 342Sheltered English Instruction for the ESL Classroom 3,63
EDUC 454Methods of Teaching Elementary School Social Studies 33
BIL 483Second Language Acquisition 3,63
RDG 361Elementary School Literacy II 3,63
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs 2,33
Remaining Bilingual/TESOL Courses
EDUC 204Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education 1, 63
BIL 344Issues in Schooling for Bilingual Learners 63
LING 200GIntroduction to Language (recommended for Language Arts Teaching Field/Bilingual TESOL endorsement) 2,63
LING 302VLanguage and Society 3,63
SPED 355Introduction to Bilingual/Multicultural Special Education 3,63
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
ENGL 363Literature for Children and Young Adults 2, 33
MATH 111Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I3
Choose one from the following:3
World Regional Geography3
Culture and Environment
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 123
Total Credits123