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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education/Elementary Education, BA

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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.

Program: SPED-TCH-BA
Code: SPED
Credit Hours: 147-148
“B” average and no grade lower than a “C-” in
Professional Education courses - See courses below.

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (108-109 credits)

University Core Curriculum (UCC) Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology & Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements

(See your advisor for other options in creating your SPED Educational Plan of Study.)

15-16 Credits

15 Credits

17 Credits

Required before BLOCK III: Basic Skills Competency Tests / Alternative

17 Credits

18 Credits

17 Credits

17 Credits

Required before BLOCK VI: Content Tests

16 Credits

Summer I

6 Credits

9 Credits


* Satisfies a University Core Requirement
** Course included in Professional Education GPA (“B” average with no grade lower than a “C-“)

Additional Information

Date: ________ Basic Skills Competency Tests/Alternative

Date: ________ Content Tests (EDTB_____ and SPED_____)

Date: ________ GATE A: Admission to Teacher Education Program (TEP)

Date: ________ GATE B: Retention

Criminal History Background Check and Student Self-Disclosure Statement

A current Criminal Background Check must be on file in the Office of Field Experiences (OFE). The Student Self-Disclosure Statement is submitted to OFE at the start of a Foundational course in which you complete a course-related field experience placement, EDCI 20500  or EDPS 23500  or EDPS 26500 . For additional information please visit


147-148 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

A 2.80 Graduation GPA and a 3.00 Professional Education GPA are required for Indiana licensure recommendation.

(Dual major: Special Education Mild Intervention: P-12 & Elementary Education: K-6 / Reading Concentration)

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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