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Bachelor's Program in Special Education

Special Education meets the unique needs of individuals with disabilities by preparing professionals with the knowledge, dispositions, 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 content).

MILD INTERVENTION (SMDE grades P-12) – All undergraduate students selecting this option will be prepared to meet the needs of children with a mild (or high incidence) disability in preschool through 12th grade. Mild disability categories typically include mild intellectual disability, high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, emotional/behavioral disability, and learning disability.

MILD AND INTENSE INTERVENTION (SMIE grades P-12) – Undergraduate students who select this option will be prepared to meet the educational needs of children with mild and/or severe (low incidence) disabilities. In addition to early field experiences, candidates will complete two practicum experiences and a split student teaching experience to ensure that an adequate amount of time is spent in the P-12 classroom to practice and demonstrate effective knowledge and teaching skills.

DUAL LICENSURE MAJOR (ELED grades K-6/SPED grades P-12) – Undergraduate students selecting this option 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 K-6 elementary education and P-12 special education: mild intervention.

Foundational and Mild Intervention Special Education courses

  • EDPS 23500 – Learning and Motivation
  • EDPS 26500 – The Inclusive Classroom
  • EDPS 27000 – Characteristics of Individuals with Mild Disabilities
  • EDPS 36100 – Use of Assessment Techniques in Special Education
  • EDPS 36200 – Organization and Management of Instructional Behaviors
  • EDPS 41000 – Collaboration and Transition Practices for Individuals with Disabilities
  • EDPS 43000 – Creating and Managing Learning Environments
  • EDPS 45900 – Assistive Technology
  • EDPS 46000 – Strategies for Teaching Individuals with Disabilities
  • EDPS 46100 – Practicum in Strategies for Teaching Individuals with Disabilities - Mild
  • EDPS 46200 – Advanced Strategies for Teaching Individuals with Mild Disabilities
  • EDPS 49800 –Supervised Teaching – Special Education
  • EDST 20010 – Educational Policies and Laws

Intense Intervention courses –

  • EDPS 31000 – Characteristics of Individuals with Severe Disabilities
  • EDPS 36300 – Psychoeducational, Medical, and Physical Aspects of Individuals with Disabilities
  • EDPS 46300 – Teaching Individuals with Severe Disabilities
  • EDPS 46100 – Practicum in Strategies for Teaching Individuals with Disabilities - Severe

Elementary Education courses –

*Denotes only courses needed for Mild Intervention OR Mild/Intense Intervention options

  • EDCI 20500* – Exploring Teaching as a Career
  • EDCI 28500*– Multiculturalism and Education
  • EDCI 27000*– Introduction to Educational Technology and Computing
  • EDCI 30900*- Reading in the Middle and Secondary Schools: Methods and Problems
  • EDCI 31100 – Media for Children
  • EDCI 32500* – Literacy in the Primary Classroom
  • EDCI 32600 – Literacy in the Intermediate Classroom
  • EDCI 36100 – Social Studies in the Elementary School
  • EDCI 36300 – Literacy in the Elementary School II
  • EDCI 36400* – Mathematics in the Elementary School
  • EDCI 36500 – Science in the Elementary School
  • EDCI 37000* – Teaching English as a New Language
  • EDCI 49600 – Student Teaching in the Elementary School
  • EDPS 23500* – Learning and Motivation
  • EDPS 26500* – The Inclusive Classroom
  • EDPS 32700* – Assessment Literacy
  • EDPS 43000* – Creating and Managing Learning Environments

EDST 20010* – Educational Policies and Laws

*Additional general and professional education courses are also required.

For more information please visit: College of Education Undergraduate Advising Office.