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. Liberal Arts Core Requirements

listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Display

34 hours
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 37 hours
Choose one (1) of the following Fine Arts courses:  3 hours
ART 110 Art Appreciation OR (3)
ART 234 Introduction to Creativity (W) OR  (3)
MUS 110 Music Appreciation OR (3)
MUS 214 The Development of American Music OR (3)
THE 160 Introduction to Theatre OR  (3)
THE 265 Acting I  (3) 
Choose one (1) of the following Science courses:  3-4 hrs
PHS 111 Physical Science I (3) 
PHS 112 Physical Science II  (3) 
CHE 121 General Chemistry I  WITH  (3)
CHE 121L General Chemistry II Lab  (1) 
Required:    27 hours
POL 231 American Government  3
SPE 240 Special Education Foundations (W)  3
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 (1) of the following areas of emphasis:                                                   7 hours
A. Modified:
EDU 430 Educational Strategies, Elementary (3)
SPE 461 Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children II (4)
B. Comprehensive:
EDU 430 Educational Strategies, Elementary (3)
SPE 471 Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children II (4)

III. Professional Core for Special Education (K-12): 32 hours
EDU 130  Introduction to Education (W)  3 
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 to take the following:
EDU 327 Tests and Measurement  3
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 
EDU450  Professional Reflection and Planning Seminar  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
V. Electives (including additional Bible) 9 hours