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Undergraduate Programs in Special Education

The various programs in special education are designed to provide specialized training in theoretical foundations and in practical technical skills for individuals planning to teach children and adolescents with special needs. This is a highly competitive program that requires meeting additional admission criteria. Consult the Student and Academic Services office, 102 Education, for additional information. A graduate completing a special education major is eligible for an intervention specialist certificate/license, providing that he or she has a 2.5 accumulative grade point average and has successfully completed the Praxis Examinations. You must possess an overall GPA of 2.75 for admission.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an undergraduate degree in special education, students are expected to:

  • Assess, diagnose and evaluate learners with special needs;
  • Design instructional content for delivery to learners with special needs;
  • Plan and manage the behavior, social interactions and learning environment of learners with special needs;
  • Collaborate in the delivery of services to learners with special needs;
  • Meet professional expectations for ethical practice in the delivery of services to learners with special needs, given the philosophical, historical and legal foundations of special education.

Select from the following:

 Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist

The mild/moderate program is designed to provide specialized training in theoretical foundations and in practical technical skills for individuals planning to teach children and adolescents (grades K-12) who have mild disabilities (learning disabilities) to moderate disability (developmentally delayed). Students enrolled in this specialization become knowledgeable in assessment/evaluation of disabilities, development of service options, curriculum alternatives and modifications, behavior management, transitioning, computer and technical applications, collaborating with parents and other professionals, current trends and issues, and research.

Undergraduate Course Listing

Students must have a grade of C or better in:

  • MATH 2130 or 2150
  • EDFI 3020 or 3030
  • EDHD 2010
  • EDIS 3100, 4100, 4110, 4120, 4210, 4220, 4230, 4240, 4250, 4310, 4400, 4410, 4420, 4430, 4440

Content (18 hours):

  • ARTE 3820, MUED 2460 or KNS 4330 (3)
  • CDIS 1230 (3)
  • ENG 3420 or 3430 (3)
  • MATH 2130 or 2150 (3)
  • EDIS 3240 and 3250, or EDIS 4590 and 4600, or Foreign Language (6)

Specialization (41 hours):

  • EDHD 2010 (2)
  • EDIS 3100, 4100, 4110, 4120, 4210, 4240, 4250, 4310, 4400, 4410, 4420, 4430, 4440 (39)

Professional education (36 hours):

  • EDFI 3020 or 3030, 4080, 4200 (7)
  • EDIS 4220, 4230, 4920 (22)
  • PSYC 1010 and 3030 or 3040 (7)

Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist

Provides specialized training for those planning to teach students with moderate to intensive disabilities such as more significant cognitive disabilities multiple disabilities, and autism). Students enrolled in this specialization become knowledgeable in assessment/evaluation of disabilities, development of service options, curriculum alternatives and modifications, behavior management, transitioning, computer and technical applications, collaborating with parents and other professionals, current trends and issues, and research.

 

 Developmental Disabilities & Habilitation

This program prepares students to work with persons with disabilities in a wide range of environments outside of school settings (e.g., business, residential settings, public and private agencies).

Undergraduate Course Listing

Students must have a grade of C or better in:

  • EDHD 2010
  • EDIS 3100, 3240 or 4590, 3250 or 4600, 4210, 4230, 4240, 4250, 4270, 4460, 4820, 4830, 4850
  • REHB 4010

Supported Electives (44- 45 hours):

  • CDIS 1230
  • CS 1000
  • EDFI 3020 or 3030, 4200
  • ENG 3880
  • ENVH 3010
  • GERO 1010, GERO 3030 or PSYC 3090 or PSYC 3100, GERO 4020, GERO 4100 or ACCT 2210 or BUSE 4680
  • KNS 4330
  • PHIL 3420
  • PSYC 1010, 3030 or 3040, 3080, 4050, or SOC 3400
  • RTD 2600, 3840
  • SOC 1010, 3010, 3160, 3190, 3410, or CRJU 2100
  • SOWK 1100