Special Education (Secondary 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 121 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 311GAdvanced Composition 23
or ENGL 318G Advanced Technical and Professional Communication
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Principles of Human Communication Honors3
Area II Mathematics
MATH 121GCollege Algebra 1, 33
or MATH 190G Trigonometry and Precalculus
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course(s) 48
Area V: Humanities
Roots of Modern Europe3
Modern Europe
Area V: Creative and Fine Arts
The World of Theatre (Language Arts Teaching Field/Concentration)3
General Education Elective
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History
Viewing the Wider World
Information Literacy3
The 2nd VWW requirements will be satisfied with the concentration/teaching field courses 5
Departmental/College Requirements
Secondary Education Requirements
EDUC 281Introduction to Secondary Education and Youth 1, 63
SPED 350Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 13
EDLT 368Integrating Technology with Teaching (Pre/Co-requisite for TEP admission)3
EDUC 342Sheltered English Instruction for the ESL Classroom 23
EDUC 402Data Literacy and Assessment 23
EDUC 460Teaching Language Arts at the Middle and High School Level 2, 63
RDG 414Content Area Literacy 23
SPED 480Secondary Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society 23
Student Teaching
SPED 482Student Teaching SPED 212
Special Education Core Requirements
SPED 459Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
SPED 463Introduction to Assessment of Diverse Exceptional Learners3
SPED 406High Incidence Disabilities in a Diverse Society 23
SPED 407Low Incidence Disabilities in a Diverse Society 23
SPED 481Practicum in Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity (Not with EDUC 489) 2, 6,73
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs 23
EDUC 489Topics (Dual License Practicum; Prerequisite EDUC 460) 2, 6,73
Language Arts Teaching Field/Concentration Requirements
For the teaching field/concentration both (COMM 253G or COMM 265G) and (ENGL 311G or ENGL 218G) will count towards General Education as well
ENGL 251Survey of American Literature I3
or ENGL 252 Survey of American Literature II
ENGL 271Survey of English Literature I3
or ENGL 272 Survey of English Literature II
ENGL 310Critical Writing3
ENGL 408Shakespeare I3
or ENGL 409 Shakespeare II
ENGL 416Approaches to Literature3
ENGL 470Approaches to Composition3
ENGL 400+ Literature Elective3
Choose one from the following:3
Chicana/o Literature3
Women Writers3
Southwestern Literature3
Choose one from the following courses3
Chaucer3
British Romanticism3
Literature of the American Renaissance3
Modern and Contemporary American Poetry3
Modern British Fiction3
Latino/a Literature and Culture3
Advanced Study in English Literature3
Advanced Study in American Literature3
Women's Literature3
Middle English Textual Cultures3
Choose one from the following courses3
Writing in the Workplace3
Technical Editing3
Advanced Study in Writing3
Computers and Writing3
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition Gen.Ed/VWW)
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
or MATH 210G Mathematics Appreciation
JOUR 105GMedia and Society3
One additional Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (must be a different subject area than the course selected above) 43
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 1200
Total Credits120

Teaching Field: Math

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 132 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 Requirements
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 14
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following courses3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 13
Advanced Composition 13
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication 13
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following courses3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Principles of Human Communication Honors3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
Choose one from the following:4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
4
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory
4
Choose one from the following:4
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
4
Engineering Physics II
and Engineering Physics II Laboratory
4
Area V: Humanities
Choose one from the following:3
Roots of Modern Europe3
Modern Europe3
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History3
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
MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Viewing the Wider World
LIB 311VInformation Literacy3
The 2nd VWW requirements will be satisfied with the concentration/teaching field courses 3
Departmental/College Requirements
Secondary Education Core Requirements
EDUC 281Introduction to Secondary Education and Youth 1, 43
SPED 350Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 13
EDLT 368Integrating Technology with Teaching (Pre/Co-requisite for admission to TEP)3
EDUC 342Sheltered English Instruction for the ESL Classroom 53
EDUC 402Data Literacy and Assessment 53
EDUC 462Teaching Mathematics at the Middle and High School Level 4,53
RDG 414Content Area Literacy 53
SPED 480Secondary Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society 53
Student Teaching
SPED 482Student Teaching SPED 512
Special Education Requirements
SPED 459Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
SPED 463Introduction to Assessment of Diverse Exceptional Learners3
SPED 406High Incidence Disabilities in a Diverse Society 53
SPED 407Low Incidence Disabilities in a Diverse Society 53
SPED 481Practicum in Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity (Not with EDUC 489) 4,5,63
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs 53
EDUC 489Topics (Dual License Practicum; Prerequisite EDUC 462) 4,5,63
Math Education Teaching Field/Concentration Requirements
MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III3
C S 111Computer Science Principles4
E T 182Digital Logic3
MATH 279Introduction to Higher Mathematics3
MATH 280Introduction to Linear Algebra3
STAT 371Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I3
or A ST 311 Statistical Applications
MATH elective numbered 300+3
MATH elective numbered 300+3
MATH or A ST elective numbered 300+ 73
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
HIST 201GIntroduction to Early American History3
or HIST 202G Introduction to Recent American History
Choose one from the following:3
Introduction to Economics3
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Microeconomics3
Choose one from the following:
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to World Cultures3
Introduction to Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
World Regional Geography3
Culture and Environment3
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science3
American Political Issues3
International Political Issues3
Introductory Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 1290
Total Credits129

Teaching Field: Science

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 130 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
Choose one from the following courses3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 13
Advanced Composition 13
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication 13
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following courses3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Principles of Human Communication Honors3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 121GCollege Algebra 1, 23
or MATH 190G Trigonometry and Precalculus
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences
BIOL 111G
111GL
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory (Teaching Field/Concentration Course(s))
4
BIOL 211G
211GL
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory (Teaching Field/Concentration Course(s))
4
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
Area V: Humanities
Choose one from the following courses3
Roots of Modern Europe3
Modern Europe3
Making History3
Global History to 15003
Global History Since 15003
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History3
East Asia to 16003
East Asia since 16003
Islamic Civilizations to 18003
Islamic Civilizations since 18003
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Choose one from the following:3
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
Introduction to Art History I3
Introduction to Art History II3
Dance Appreciation3
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
The World of Theatre3
General Education Elective
GEOG 112GWorld Regional Geography3
or GEOG 120G Culture and Environment
Viewing the Wider World
LIB 311VInformation Literacy3
The 2nd VWW requirements will be satisfied with the concentration/teaching field courses 3
Departmental/College Requirements
Secondary Education Core Requirements
EDUC 281Introduction to Secondary Education and Youth 1,43
SPED 350Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 13
EDLT 368Integrating Technology with Teaching (Pre/Co-requisite for admission to TEP)3
EDUC 342Sheltered English Instruction for the ESL Classroom 53
EDUC 402Data Literacy and Assessment 53
EDUC 463Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level 4,53
RDG 414Content Area Literacy 53
SPED 480Secondary Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society 53
Student Teaching
SPED 482Student Teaching SPED 512
Special Education Core Requirements
SPED 459Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
SPED 463Introduction to Assessment of Diverse Exceptional Learners3
SPED 406High Incidence Disabilities in a Diverse Society 53
SPED 407Low Incidence Disabilities in a Diverse Society 53
SPED 481Practicum in Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity (Not with EDUC 489) 4,5,63
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs 53
EDUC 489Topics (Dual License Practicum; Prerequisite EDUC 463) 4,5,63
Science Education Teaching Field/Concentration Requirements
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
or CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II4
or CHEM 116 Principles of Chemistry II
Choose one from the following courses4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
4
Mechanics
and Experimental Mechanics
4
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory
4
General Physics for Life Sciences I
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
4
Choose one from the following courses4
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
4
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
4
Engineering Physics II
and Engineering Physics II Laboratory
4
General Physics for Life Sciences II
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Sciences II
4
BIOL 301Principles of Ecology3
BIOL 305Principles of Genetics3
BIOL 467Evolution3
BIOL 300+ Plant Science Elective3
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
or MATH 191G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Choose one from the following:3
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to World Cultures3
Introduction to Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Introductory Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems3
One additional Area V/VI: Humanities or Creative & Fine Arts Course (must be a different subject area than the course selected above) 73
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 1300
Total Credits130

Teaching Field: Social Studies

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 132 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
Choose one from the following courses3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 23
Advanced Composition 23
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication 23
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following courses3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Principles of Human Communication Honors3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 121GCollege Algebra 1,33
or MATH 190G Trigonometry and Precalculus
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course(s)8
Area V: Humanities
HIST 111GGlobal History to 15003
or HIST 112G Global History Since 1500
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 43
General Education Elective
HIST 211GEast Asia to 16003
or HIST 212G East Asia since 1600
Viewing the Wider World
LIB 311VInformation Literacy3
The 2nd VWW requirements will be satisfied with the concentration/teaching field courses 5
Departmental/College Requirements
Secondary Education Core Requirements
EDUC 281Introduction to Secondary Education and Youth 1, 63
SPED 350Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 13
EDLT 368Integrating Technology with Teaching (Pre/Co-requisite for TEP admission)3
EDUC 342Sheltered English Instruction for the ESL Classroom 23
EDUC 402Data Literacy and Assessment 23
EDUC 461Teaching Social Studies at the Middle and High School Level3
RDG 414Content Area Literacy 23
SPED 480Secondary Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society 23
Student Teaching
SPED 482Student Teaching SPED 212
Special Education Core Requirements
SPED 459Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
SPED 463Introduction to Assessment of Diverse Exceptional Learners3
SPED 406High Incidence Disabilities in a Diverse Society 23
SPED 407Low Incidence Disabilities in a Diverse Society3
SPED 481Practicum in Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity (Not with EDUC 489) 2,6,73
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs 23
EDUC 489Topics (Dual License Practicum; Prerequisite EDUC 461) 2,6,73
Social Studies Teaching Field/Concentration Requirements
ECON 251GPrinciples of Macroeconomics3
ECON 252GPrinciples of Microeconomics3
GEOG 281Map Use: Reading, Analysis and Interpretation3
HIST 101GRoots of Modern Europe3
or HIST 102G Modern Europe
HIST 201GIntroduction to Early American History3
HIST 202GIntroduction to Recent American History3
Islamic Civilizations to 18003
Islamic Civilizations since 1800
HIST 368Teaching History3
HIST 386New Mexico History 83
HIST Elective 300+3
GOVT, ECON,GEOG, or HIST Elective 300+3
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
MATH 210GMathematics Appreciation3
or MATH 142G Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences
GEOG 120GCulture and Environment3
GOVT 100GAmerican National Government3
or GOVT 110G Introduction to Political Science
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 1320
Total Credits132