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.
The program of study* for students seeking a Bachelor's degree as a dual licensure major includes courses in:
|Special Education courses||Elementary Education courses|
*Additional general and professional education courses are also required.
For more information please visit: College of Education Undergraduate Advising Office.