Special Education (K-12)

The special education program is a professional preparation program that gives you an in-depth understanding of disabilities in addition to knowledge of the developmental, academic, and social needs of children and adolescents. Students planning to teach children with disabilities must complete the professional core as outlined by the Department of Education and follow the course of study specifically designed for either the Modified or Comprehensive licensure area. This comprises a full semester of integrated professional practicum experience and one full semester of student teaching in public school settings. Students who acquire licensure in special education will be certified to teach kindergarten through 12th grade.


Degree Requirements

Course of Study for B.S. Major in Special Education K-12

I. General Education Requirements 46 hours
  Limit III. A. Behavioral Sciences to SOC 241 General Sociology
  Limit III. C. 1. History to HIS 221 American History I or HIS 222 American History II
  Limit III. C. 4. Humanities to POL 231 American Government I

II. Major Requirements
SPE 240 Special Education Foundations (W) 3 hours
SPE 343 Diagnostic Teaching 4
SPE 347 Practical Applications of Special Education 3
SPE 348 Technology and the Special Education Teacher 3
SPE 444 Managing Special-Needs Children 4
SPE 447 Assessment in Special Education 4
SPE 448 Consultation with School, Family, and Community 3

Choose one of the following areas of emphasis:
SPE 461 Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children I (Modified) 4
SPE 465 Techniques and Strategies I (Modified) 4
SPE 471 Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children II (Comprehensive) 4
SPE 475 Techniques and Strategies II (Comprehensive) 4
32 hours
III. Professional Core
EDU 130  Introduction to Education (W)  3 hours
EDU 315   Children's Literature (W)  3 
PSY 201  Child Development and Lab  3
PSY 306  Educational Psychology (W)  3 
Must be admitted to Teacher Education Program to take the following:
EDU 327 Tests and Measurement 3
RDG 324 Teaching Literacy in the Elem & Mid Schools & Practicum 4
Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:
 SPE 425  Student Teaching for Special Education 12 
 EDU450  Professional Reflection and Planning Seminar  1
 IV.  Additional Required Courses for Licensure:  
MAT 206 Real Number System 3
HEA 216 Personal Health 3
HEA 217 First Aid and CPR OR Red Cross Training 2
8 hours
V. Recommended Electives (including additional Bible)
8 additional hours
Total Hours:  126 hours