Special Education meets the unique needs of individuals with disabilities by preparing professionals with the knowledge, disposition and skills necessary to effectively serve individuals with diverse needs. The undergraduate program is based on an inquiry framework that emphasizes (a) creating connections between subject matter knowledge and teaching, (b) valuing the diverse characteristics of students and the ability to address the needs of all students, and (c) understanding the contextual aspects of teaching (e.g., the organizational and policy context).
The program links courses with field experiences in partner school and non-school settings. Particular attention is given to specialized skills to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities - serving students in various school and community settings; developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs); using assistive technology; and developing instructional material and environmental modifications. All of these competencies are beyond the knowledge required for general educators.
Dual Licensure Major (ELED/SPED). All undergraduate students entering the program in special education work towards dual licenses in elementary education AND special education with a focus on mild intervention (grades P-12). Upon successful completion of all requirements in this major, students are considered “highly qualified” teachers in elementary education and P-12 special education: mild intervention. This dual major is limited to 38 new students per year. Priority is given to applicants who initially select special education as their major.
Summary of Program Requirements
The Summary of Program Requirements for Special Education is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.
Detailed Program Requirements
Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.
Credit Hours: 147-148
“B” average and no grade lower than a “C-” in
Professional Education courses - See courses below.