Special 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.

Special Education Elementary Education (Language Arts)

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Area I English and Communication Arts
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 14
ENGL 211GWriting in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
or ENGL 311G Advanced Composition
ENGL 363Literature for Children and Young Adults 23
COMM 253GPublic Speaking 23
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
Area II Mathematics
MATH 111Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 13
MATH 112GFundamentals of Elementary Math II 13
Area III Laboratory Sciences
Choose two from two different subject areas8
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
4
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
4
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II4
Introductory Environmental Science4
Introductory Geology4
The Dynamic Earth4
Geography of the Natural Environment4
The Great Ideas of Physics4
Introduction to Acoustics4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
4
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
4
Area IV Social/Behavioral Sciences
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
Choose one from the following courses3
World Regional Geography3
Culture and Environment
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science
LING 200GIntroduction to Language 3, 43
Area V Humanities and Fine Arts
HIST 111GGlobal History to 15003
or HIST 112G Global History Since 1500
HIST 201GIntroduction to Early American History3
or HIST 202G Introduction to Recent American History
Choose one from the following courses3
Orientation in Art3
Dance Appreciation3
An Introduction to Music3
The World of Theatre3
Viewing the Wider World (6 credits from two different colleges)6
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 23
SPED 407Low Incidence Disabilities in a Diverse Society 23
SPED 481Practicum in Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity 2, 53
SPED 482Student Teaching SPED 212
Elementary Education Teaching Methods
EDUC 343Language, Literacy, and Culture in the ESL Classrooms 2, 43
EDUC 451Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science 23
EDUC 452Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics 23
RDG 360Elementary School Literacy I 2, 33
SPED 360Elementary Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society 23
EDUC 342Sheltered English Instruction for the ESL Classroom 2, 43
EDUC 454Methods of Teaching Elementary School Social Studies 23
EDUC 483Second Language Acquisition 2, 43
RDG 361Elementary School Literacy II 2, 33
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs 2, 33
Remaining Bilingual/TESOL Courses
EDUC 204Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education 1, 43
EDUC 344Issues in Schooling for Bilingual Learners 43
LING 302VLanguage and Society 2, 43
SPED 355Introduction to Bilingual/Multicultural Special Education 2, 43
Total Credits129
1

Courses are pre/co-requisites for Teacher Education Program (TEP)

2

Course requires admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)

3

Course counts toward the Language Arts Teaching Field/Concentration 

4

Course counts toward the Bilingual/TESOL endorsement 

5

Requires a minimum of 90 practicum clock hours; Prerequisite-Elementary Education Teaching Methods

Special Education Secondary Education (Language Arts)

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Area I English and Communication Arts
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 14
Area II Mathematics
MATH 121GCollege Algebra 13
or MATH 190G Trigonometry and Precalculus
MATH 210GMathematics Appreciation3
or MATH 142G Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences
Area III Laboratory Sciences
Choose two from two different subject areas with labs8
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
4
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
4
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II4
Introductory Geology4
The Dynamic Earth4
Geography of the Natural Environment4
Area IV Social/Behavioral Sciences
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
JOUR 105GMedia and Society (Language Arts Teaching Field/Concentration)3
Choose one from the following courses3
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to World Cultures3
Introduction to Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology3
World Regional Geography3
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science3
American Political Issues3
International Political Issues3
Introductory Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems
Area V Humanities and Fine Arts
HIST 101GRoots of Modern Europe3
or HIST 102G Modern Europe
HIST 201GIntroduction to Early American History3
or HIST 202G Introduction to Recent American History
THTR 101GThe World of Theatre (Language Arts Teaching Field/Concentration)3
Viewing the Wider World (6 credits from two different colleges; 3 additional credits satisfied with teaching field/concentration)
LIB 311VInformation Literacy3
Secondary Education Requirements
EDUC 281Introduction to Secondary Education and Youth 1, 33
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 495Directed Study Courses in Education (Secondary Data Literacy and Assessment) 23
EDUC 460Teaching Language Arts at the Middle and High School Level 2, 33
RDG 414Content Area Literacy 23
SPED 480Secondary Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society 23
SPED 482Student Teaching SPED 212
Special Education Core Requirements
SPED 459Classroom Management for Diverse Learners (Prerequisite SPED 350)3
SPED 463Introduction to Assessment of Diverse Exceptional Learners (Prerequisite SPED 350)3
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, 3, 43
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs 23
EDUC 489Topics (Dual License Practicum; Prerequisite EDUC 460) 2, 3, 43
Language Arts Teaching Field/Concentration Requirements
COMM 253GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
ENGL 311GAdvanced Composition 23
or ENGL 318G Advanced Technical and Professional Communication
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
Choose one from the following courses 3
Chicana/o Literature3
American Indian 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
ENGL 408Shakespeare I3
or ENGL 409 Shakespeare II
Choose one from the following courses3
Writing in the Workplace3
Technical Editing3
Advanced Study in Writing3
Computers and Writing3
ENGL 416Approaches to Literature3
ENGL 470Approaches to Composition3
ENGL 400+ Literature Elective3
Total Credits132
1

Course prerequisite for the Teacher Education Program (TEP) admission

2

Course requires admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) 

3

Course requires field experience

4

SPED 481 requires 90 practicum hours; EDUC 489 requires 100 practicum hours

Special Education Secondary Education (Math)

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Area I English and Communication Arts
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 14
Choose one from the following courses3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 13
Advanced Composition 13
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication 13
Choose one from the following courses3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Area II Mathematics (Met with Math Teaching Field/Concentration)
Area III Laboratory Sciences
Choose one from the following courses4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory (Math Teaching Field)
4
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory (Math Teaching Field)
4
Choose one from the following courses4
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
4
Engineering Physics II
and Engineering Physics II Laboratory
4
Area IV Social/Behavioral Sciences
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
Choose from the following courses3
Introduction to Economics3
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Microeconomics3
Choose from the following courses3
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to World Cultures3
Introduction to Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology3
World Regional Geography3
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science3
American Political Issues3
International Political Issues3
Introductory Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems
Area V Humanities and Fine Arts
HIST 101GRoots of Modern Europe3
or HIST 102G Modern Europe
HIST 201GIntroduction to Early American History3
or HIST 202G Introduction to Recent American History
Choose one from the following courses3
Orientation in Art3
Dance Appreciation3
An Introduction to Music3
The World of Theatre3
Viewing the Wider World (6 credits from two different colleges; 3 additional credits satisfied with teaching field/concentration)
LIB 311VInformation Literacy3
Secondary Education Core Requirements
EDUC 281Introduction to Secondary Education and Youth 1, 33
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 23
EDUC 495Directed Study Courses in Education (Secondary Data Literacy and Assessment) 23
EDUC 462Teaching Mathematics at the Middle and High School Level 2, 33
RDG 414Content Area Literacy 23
SPED 480Secondary Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society 23
SPED 482Student Teaching SPED 212
Special Education Requirements
SPED 459Classroom Management for Diverse Learners (Prerequisite SPED 350)3
SPED 463Introduction to Assessment of Diverse Exceptional Learners (Prerequisite SPED 350)3
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, 3, 43
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs 23
EDUC 489Topics (Dual License Practicum; Prerequisite EDUC 462) 2, 3, 43
Math Education Teaching Field/Concentration Requirements
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
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+3
Total Credits132
1

Prerequisite for admission to Teacher Preparation Program (TEP) 

2

Course requires admission to Teacher Education Program (TEP)

3

Course requires field experience 

4

SPED 481 requires minimum of 90 practicum hours; EDUC 489 requires a minimum of 100 practicum hours 

Special Education Secondary Education (Science)

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Area I English and Communication Arts
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 14
Choose one from the following courses3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 13
Advanced Composition 13
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication 13
Choose one from the following courses3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Area II Mathematics
MATH 121GCollege Algebra 13
or MATH 190G Trigonometry and Precalculus
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
or MATH 191G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MATH 192G, MATH 291G or A ST 311 are acceptable substitutes
Area III Laboratory Sciences (Met with Science Teaching Field/Concentration)
Area IV Social/Behavioral Sciences
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
GEOG 112GWorld Regional Geography3
Choose one from the following courses3
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to World Cultures3
Introduction to Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology3
Introductory Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems
Area V Humanities and Fine Arts
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
Choose two courses from two different subject areas6
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts3
Introduction to Art History I3
Introduction to Art History II3
Dance Appreciation3
Rhetoric and Composition Honors4
Perspectives on Literature3
Perspectives on Film3
Business and Professional Communication3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Introduction to Creative Writing3
Science in Modern Society3
Colonial Latin America3
Modern Latin America3
Introduction to Religious Studies3
The European City: History and Culture3
Modern Russia3
The Holocaust3
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
Philosophy, Law and Ethics3
The Art of Wondering3
Philosophy of Music3
The Quest for God3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Informal Logic3
Ethics3
The World of Theatre3
Viewing the Wider World (6 credits from two different colleges; 3 additional credits satisfied with teaching field/concentration)
LIB 311VInformation Literacy3
Secondary Education Core Requirements
EDUC 281Introduction to Secondary Education and Youth 1, 33
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 23
EDUC 495Directed Study Courses in Education (Secondary Data Literacy and Assessment) 23
EDUC 463Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level 2, 33
RDG 414Content Area Literacy 23
SPED 480Secondary Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society 23
SPED 482Student Teaching SPED 212
Special Education Core Requirements
SPED 459Classroom Management for Diverse Learners (Prerequisite SPED 350)3
SPED 463Introduction to Assessment of Diverse Exceptional Learners (Prerequisite SPED 350)3
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, 3, 43
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs 23
EDUC 489Topics (Dual License Practicum; Prerequisite EDUC 463) 2, 3, 43
Science Education Teaching Field/Concentration Requirements
BIOL 111G
111GL
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
4
BIOL 211G
211GL
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
4
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
or CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II4
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
Total Credits130
1

Prerequisite for admission to Teacher Preparation Program (TEP) 

2

Course requires admission to Teacher Education Program (TEP)

3

Course requires field experience 

4

SPED 481 requires minimum of 90 practicum hours; EDUC 489 requires a minimum of 100 practicum hours 

Special Education Secondary Education (Social Studies)

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Area I English and Communication Arts
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition 14
Choose one from the following courses3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Advanced Composition 23
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Choose one from the following courses3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Area II Mathematics
MATH 121GCollege Algebra 13
or MATH 190G Trigonometry and Precalculus
MATH 210GMathematics Appreciation3
or MATH 142G Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences
Area III Laboratory Sciences
Choose two from two different subject areas with labs8
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
4
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
4
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
4
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
General Chemistry I4
General Chemistry II4
Introductory Geology4
The Dynamic Earth4
Geography of the Natural Environment4
Area IV Social/Behavioral Sciences
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
GEOG 120GCulture and Environment3
GOVT 100GAmerican National Government3
or GOVT 110G Introduction to Political Science
Area V Humanities and Fine Arts
Human Ancestors3
HIST 111GGlobal History to 15003
or HIST 112G Global History Since 1500
HIST 211GEast Asia to 16003
or HIST 212G East Asia since 1600
HIST 221GIslamic Civilizations to 18003
or HIST 222G Islamic Civilizations since 1800
Viewing the Wider World (6 credits from two different colleges; 3 additional credits satisfied with teaching field/concentration)
LIB 311VInformation Literacy3
Secondary Education Core Requirements
EDUC 281Introduction to Secondary Education and Youth 1, 33
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 495Directed Study Courses in Education (Secondary Data 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
SPED 482Student Teaching SPED 212
Special Education Core Requirements
SPED 459Classroom Management for Diverse Learners (Prerequisite SPED 350)3
SPED 463Introduction to Assessment of Diverse Exceptional Learners (Prerequisite SPED 350)3
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, 3, 43
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs 23
EDUC 489Topics (Dual License Practicum; Prerequisite EDUC 461) 2, 3, 43
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
HIST 368Teaching History3
HIST 386New Mexico History 53
HIST Elective 300+3
GOVT, ECON,GEOG, or HIST Elective 300+3
Total Credits132
1

Prerequisite for admission to Teacher Preparation Program (TEP) 

2

Course requires admission to Teacher Education Program (TEP)

3

Course requires field experience 

4

SPED 481 requires minimum of 90 practicum hours; EDUC 489 requires a minimum of 100 practicum hours 

5

Students who complete HIST 261 at another campus/university will need to take an additional 3 credit course at the 300+ level in ECON, GEOG, GOVT, or HIST to meet state licensure requirements.