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

B.S. Major in Special Education

(K-8 Interventionist; 6-12 Interventionist; K-12 Comprehensive)

Program Coordinator: Dr. Karen Cypress

126-127 HOURS

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 

34 hours

 

II. Major Requirements

40-41 hours

Choose one (1) of the following Fine Arts courses:

3 hours

ART 110

Art Appreciation 

(3)

ART 234

Introduction to Creativity (W)

(3)

MUS 110

Music Appreciation

(3)

MUS 214

The Development of American Music 

(3)

THE 160

Introduction to Theatre

(3)

THE 265

Acting I 

(3) 

     

Choose one (1) of the following Science courses:

3-4 hrs

PHS 111

Physical Science I OR

3

PHS 112

Physical Science II 

(3)

 OR:

   

CHE 121

General Chemistry I  WITH

(3)

CHE 121L

General Chemistry II Lab 

(1) 

     

Required:

 

24 hours

POL 231

American Government

3

SPE 240

Special Education Foundations (W)

3

SPE 348

Technology and the Special Education Teacher

3

SPE 441 

Differentiated Instruction and Intervention 

4

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 (1) of the following areas of emphasis:

10 hours

A. K-8 Interventionist:

EDU 430

Educational Methods, Strategies, and Techniques, Elementary

(3)

SPE 347 

Practical Applications in Special Education 

(3) 

SPE 461

Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children I

(4)

OR:

 

B. 6-12 Interventionist:

EDU 430

Educational Methods, Strategies, and Techniques, Elementary

(3)

SPE 449 

Transitional and Vocational Education 

(3) 

SPE 471

Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children II

(4)

OR:

 

C. K-12 Comprehensive:

EDU 430

Educational Methods, Strategies, and Techniques, Elementary

(3)

SPE 471

Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children II

(4)

SPE 483 

Health and Related Issues 

(3) 


III. Professional Core for Special Education (K-12):

34 hours

EDU 130

 Introduction to Education (W)

EDU 315 

 Children's Literature (W)

PSY 201

 Child Development and Lab

3

PSY 306

 Educational Psychology (W)

 

Must be admitted to Teacher Education to take the following:

EDU 250

Professional Reflective Seminar I

1

EDU 327

Tests and Measurement

3

EDU 350 

Professional Reflective Seminar II 

1

RDG 324

Teaching Literacy in the Elementary and Middle Schools and Practicum

4

 

Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:

EDU 448

 Student Teaching, K-12

12 

EDU 450

 Professional Reflection and Planning Seminar III

1

     

IV.  Additional Required Courses for Licensure:

8 hours

MAT 206

Real Number System

 3

HEA 216

Personal Health

 3

HEA 217

First Aid and CPR   OR
Red Cross Training

 2

(2)

 

V. Electives (including additional Bible)

10 hours