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 Interventionist (K-8 or 6-12) or Comprehensive (K-12) licensure area. This comprises a full semester of integrated professional practicum experience and one full semester of student teaching in public school settings.

Degree Requirements

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 

34 hours


II. Major Requirements

37-38 hours

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

3 hours

ART 110

Art Appreciation 


ART 201  Introduction to Photography (3) 

ART 234

Introduction to Creativity (W)


MUS 110

Music Appreciation


MUS 214

The Development of American Music 


THE 160

Introduction to Theatre


THE 265

Acting I 


THE 299A  New York Theatre Survey (3)

Choose one (1) of the following Science courses:

3-4 hrs

PHS 111

Physical Science I OR


PHS 112

Physical Science II 




CHE 121

General Chemistry I  WITH


CHE 121L

General Chemistry II Lab 





22 hours

POL 231

American Government


SPE 240

Special Education Foundations (W)


SPE 348

Technology and the Special Education Teacher


SPE 441 

Differentiated Instruction and Intervention 


SPE 444

Managing Special-Needs Children


SPE 447

Assessment in Special Education


SPE 448 

Consultation with School, Family, and Community



Choose one (1) of the following areas of emphasis:

9 hours

A. K-8 Interventionist:

EDU 415

Literacy IV: Teaching Methods Across Content Areas


SPE 347 

Practical Applications in Special Education 


SPE 461

Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children I




B. 6-12 Interventionist:


Educational Methods, Strategies, and Techniques, Secondary


SPE 449 

Transitional and Vocational Education 


SPE 471

Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children II




C. K-12 Comprehensive:

EDU 415

Literacy IV: Teaching Methods Across Content Areas


SPE 471

Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children II


SPE 483 

Health and Related Issues 


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

40 hours

EDU 130

 Introduction to Education (W)

EDU 250 

 Professional Reflective Seminar I

PSY 201

 Child Development and Lab


PSY 306

 Educational Psychology (W)


Must be admitted to Teacher Education to take the following:

EDU 310

Literacy I: Emergent Literacy Methods Across Content Areas

EDU 311  Literacy II: Literature and Literacy (W) 

EDU 327

Tests and Measurement


EDU 330  Teaching Mathematics: Methods, Strategies, & Techniques 

EDU 350 

Professional Reflective Seminar II 


RDG 312

Literacy III: Teaching Literacy



Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:

EDU 448

 Student Teaching, K-12


EDU 450

 Professional Reflection and Planning Seminar III



IV.  Additional Required Courses for Licensure:

6-9 hours

MAT 206

Real Number System


HEA 216

Personal Health


HEA 217

First Aid and CPR   OR
Red Cross Training




V. Electives (including additional Bible)

7-9 hours