Jun 02, 2020  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education/Elementary Education, BA

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About the Program

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.

A dual licensure major, Special Education: Mild Intervention and Elementary Education, graduate is qualified to teach children who experience mild emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities, including children with high functioning autism, at the preschool through grade 12 levels, P-12 and Elementary Education kindergarten through grade 6 levels, K-6.  Four strands run through and guide the program: diversity, technology, field experience and performance assessment, including the use of electronic portfolios. The Special Education/Elementary Education Plan of Study outlines the required courses to complete the degree for licensure.

For more information about the degree program, visit the COE Office of Advising and Recruiting. For teacher licensure information, visit the Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure.

Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Special Ed Elementary Ed  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree 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.

Departmental/Program Major Courses (96 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (51-52 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

16 Credits

17 Credits

Required before BLOCK III: Basic Skills Competency Tests / Alternative

16 Credits

18 Credits

17 Credits

17 Credits

Required before BLOCK VI: Attempt/Pass all Content Tests

16 Credits

6 Credits

9 Credits

Selective Requirement List for ENGL Literature

EDTB - Elementary Education
GECI - General Education: Curriculum & Instruction
GEES - General Education: Educational Studies
SPED - Special Education: Mild Intervention & Elementary Education
SSED - Social Studies Education

Acceptable Course List - English Literature - 3 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: TEP 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 http://www.education.purdue.edu/fieldexp/students/index.html.


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.

32 credits hours at the 30000 level or above required

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

Degree Requirement

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

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

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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