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.
To make your path to graduation a little easier, a 4-year plan for students planning to major in Special Education (K-12) has been created:
B.S. Major in Special Education
(K-8 Interventionist; 6-12 Interventionist; K-12 Comprehensive)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Karen Cypress
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation
I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements
listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Display
Limit III. A. Behavioral Sciences to SOC 241 General Sociology
Limit III. B. BIO: 100, 105, 110, 111, 112, or 211
Limit III. C. 1. History to HIS 221 American History I or HIS 222 American History II
Limit III. C. 2. Critical and Creative Works to Literature (ENG 225, 226, 235, 236, 245, or 246)
Limit III. C. 3. Humanities Capstone to HUM 495 Values in Human Thought
II. Major Requirements
Choose one (1) of the following Fine Arts courses:
Introduction to Creativity (W)
The Development of American Music
Introduction to Theatre
Choose one (1) of the following Science courses:
Physical Science II
General Chemistry I WITH
General Chemistry II Lab
Special Education Foundations (W)
Technology and the Special Education Teacher
Differentiated Instruction and Intervention
Managing Special-Needs Children
Assessment in Special Education
Consultation with School, Family, and Community
Choose one (1) of the following areas of emphasis:
A. K-8 Interventionist:
Educational Methods, Strategies, and Techniques, Elementary
Practical Applications in Special Education
Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children I
B. 6-12 Interventionist:
Transitional and Vocational Education
Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children II
C. K-12 Comprehensive:
Health and Related Issues
III. Professional Core for Special Education (K-12):
Introduction to Education (W)
Children's Literature (W)
Child Development and Lab
Educational Psychology (W)
Must be admitted to Teacher Education to take the following:
Professional Reflective Seminar I
Tests and Measurement
Professional Reflective Seminar II
Teaching Literacy in the Elementary and Middle Schools and Practicum
Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:
Student Teaching, K-12
Professional Reflection and Planning Seminar III
IV. Additional Required Courses for Licensure:
Real Number System
First Aid and CPR OR
Red Cross Training
V. Electives (including additional Bible)
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