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). 

General education requirements are similar for all degree programs in the College of Education. Students should meet with an advisor to plan appropriate general education courses for a special education major. 

Requirements

Professional Education Courses
SPED 350Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society3
SPED 360Elementary Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society3
SPED 406High Incidence Disabilities in a Diverse Society3
SPED 407Low Incidence Disabilities in a Diverse Society3
SPED 459Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
SPED 463Introduction to Assessment of Diverse Exceptional Learners3
SPED 481Practicum in Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity3
SPED 482Student Teaching SPED12
Options
Select one of the following options:48-50
Dual License in Elementary Education
Dual License in Secondary Education
Total Credits81-83

Dual Majors

All special education students must choose one of the following dual majors:

Dual License in Elementary Education (48 credits)

Complete the Language Arts Teaching Field or Requirements for Elementary Education majors24
Complete the Elementary Education Major Requirements18
EDUC 489Topics1-3
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs3
Total Credits46-48

Dual License in Secondary Education (45 credits)

Complete first teaching field requirements in one area (36 credits minimum)36
EDUC 489Topics3
RDG 371Instruction for Special Reading Needs3
Select one from the following appropriate for teaching field:3
Teaching Language Arts at the Middle and High School Level3
Teaching Social Studies at the Middle and High School Level3
Teaching Mathematics at the Middle and High School Level3
Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level3
Total Credits45

General Requirements

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.