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Special Education Major

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The Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Special Education is a professional standards-based cross-categorical undergraduate degree program, strongly oriented towards developing the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to teach learners with mild or moderate disabilities in either the early childhood, elementary or middle grades while enriching their overall instructional, management, and diagnostic competencies.  The Special Education program is a carefully designed program of integrated and specifically sequenced course work established to build upon a firm liberal arts foundation through the CSU general education program requirements.

The specialized program in Special Education is arranged in three essential phases.  Each phase includes carefully coordinated practicum experiences designed to enable a field based application of the theory and skills presented in class.  In Phase I students receive a thorough grounding in the basic concepts, skills and requirements involved in the provision of special educational services to learners with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.  Students receive their first formal, supervised opportunity to observe and participate in the provision of special educational instruction to learners with mild or moderate disabilities.  The development of a beginning portfolio and the first formal evaluation of the portfolio conclude Phase I.

In Phase II students focus on the specific characteristics and strategies used for teaching students with particular disabilities and are given the opportunity to design, implement and evaluate instruction in collaboration with experiences.

In Phase III students serve as student teacher in both elementary and middle inclusive classrooms serving students with the disability.  A Student Teacher Seminar runs throughout the student's final semester in which the student has the opportunity to integrate and evaluate the content of the entire program and prepare for transition to a professional position as a special educator.

Finally, completion of the program allows graduates to teach learners with disabilities from Pre-K through 6.  The special education undergraduate program at Coppin State University is offered within a unit that is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

Overall Program Objectives

The overall objectives of the Special Education Program are to:

  1. Provide prospective teachers with a broad liberal arts foundation that will increase their understanding of their environment and its impact upon different people, prepare teachers who will be sensitive to the social, emotional, and educational needs of learner with disabilities.
  2. Acquaint prospective teachers with the philosophical and legal basis upon which special education is founded and develop understanding of the role of the special education teacher.
  3. Help prospective teachers understand the importance of diagnosis as the basis for effective instructional planning and classroom management.
  4. Assist them in acquiring competencies in curriculum planning, teaching methodology, technology usage, classroom organization, and behavioral management.

Program of Study

A generic program in teaching learners with mild and moderate disabilities in the elementary (pre-k - 6) and or middle grades (grade 6-8): initial certificating and Bachelor of Science degree in special education.

This program prepares the prospective teacher to teach learners with mild and moderate disabilities (i.e., those students identified as having mental retardation, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and/or emotional disturbance) in an inclusive and resource room or a self-contained setting in the elementary/middle grades.

Special Education Major Courses for Elementary and Middle Grades Professional Education Courses

EDUC 202 Educational Psychology                                                                                                                    3
EDUC 203 Fundamental of Teaching with Audio-Visual Technology  3
PSYC 335 Development Psychology  3
EDUC 402 History of Education  3
EDUC 403 Philosophy of Education  3

Required Reading Courses

The fourth reading course required by MSDE is housed under the special education teaching methodology course sequence.

EDUC 300 Foundations of Reading                                                                                                                  3
REED 401 Diagnosis and Remediation for Reading Difficulties  3
REED 405 Strategies and Materials for Teaching Reading  3

Special Education Block II

Teacher candidates must pass Praxis I before enrolling in these courses

EDUC 202 Educational Psychology  3
EDUC 203 Fundamentals of Teaching A-V Technology  3
EDUC 300 Foundations of Reading Instruction                                                                                                3
EDUC 402 History of Education  3
EDUC 403 Philosophy of Education  3
PSYC 335 Developmental Psychology  3
REED 401 Diagnosis and Remediation Of Reading Difficulties  3
REED 505 Materials of Teaching Reading  3

Special Education Block III

SPED 201 Introduction to the Needs Exceptional Individuals  3
SPED 203 Characteristics of Children with Behavioral and Special Learning Dysfunctions  3
SPED 401 The Special Educator and the Interdisciplinary Team  3
SPED 402 Counseling Parents and Family Members of Learners with Mild & Moderate Disabilities  3
SPED 403 Developing Individualized Education Programs for Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities  3

Special Education Block IV

SPED 301 Classroom Organization & Management in the Education of Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities in the Elementary/Middle Grades  3
SPED 304 Curriculum Objectives, Methods, and Materials for Teaching Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities in the Elementary/Middle Grades: Literacy Skills  3
SPED 305 Curriculum Objectives, Methods, and Materials for Teaching Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities in the Elementary/Middle Grades: Math, Social Studies & Science  3
SPED 306 Curriculum Objectives, Methods, and Materials for Teaching Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities in the Elementary/Middle Grades: Affective, Psychomotor, & Prevocational Skills  3

Special Education Block V

Teacher candidates must have taken Praxis II before completing these courses

SPED 404 Directed Teaching of Learners With Mild and Moderate Disabilities                                                12
SPED 405 Seminar In Teaching


Special Education Major

Level I (First Year)

Fall Semester
 *ENGL 101  English Composition  3
 *MATH 103  Math Elem Tchrs 1  3
 *HIST 205  African American History I  3
 *IDIS 102  Music & Dance  3
 *PSYC 201  General Psychology  3
 **ORIE 101  Freshman Seminar  1
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 *ENGL 102  English Composition II  3
 *HIST 206  African American History II  3
 *BIOL 101  Biological Science  4
 *EDUC 203  Found of Teach. A-V  3
 *MATH 104  Math Elem Tchrs II  3
 Semester Total 16
Level II (Sophomore)

Fall Semester
 *○WLIT 207
 World Literature
 *SOSC 200
 Intro to Soc. Science  3
 *•PHSC 103
 Technology & Human Affairs
 *×PHIL 102
 Intro to Logic
 *‡SPCH 105
 Speech Composition  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■HEED 101
 Personal Health
 ■ESUC 202  Educ Psychology  3
 ■EDUC 273  Enhancing Test Performance  3
 ■SPED 201
 Intro to Special Education
 ■MATH 207  Tech Based Math  3
 ■EDUC 300  Found. Of Read Instruct.  3
 Semester Total 18
Level III (Junior)

Fall Semester
 ■SPED 203
 Char. Child w/Behav
 ■SPED 302  Education Evaluation  3
 ■ENGL 321  Children's Literature
 ■REED 401
 Diagnostic Teach of Read.  3
 ■PSYC 335  Developmental Reading  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■SRED 303  Tech Measurement
 ■SPED 401  Interdis. Team
 ■SPED 402  Counseling Parents  3
 ■ESUC 402  History of Education  3
 ■REED 405  Material for Reading  3
 Semester Total 15
Level IV (Senior)

Fall Semester
 ■SPED 301  Class Organization & Mgmt  3
 ■SPED 304  Curr. Literacy
 ■SPED 305  Curr. Math, Science
 ■SPED 306  Curr. Prevocational  3
 ■SPED 403  Developing IEP's
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■SPED 404  Direct Teaching  12
 ■SPED 405  Seminar  3
 Semester Total 15

 *  General Education Requirement
 **  University Graduation Requirement
 ■  Major Course
  »  or any 2 part 200 level History
 or any ENGL 200 level or above
 BIOL 101 or 107 or CHEM 101 or PHSC 101 or PHSC 103
×  PHIL 103 or PHIL 102
 or IDIS 103 or any Foreign Language or ART 105 or MUSC 201 or DANC 226 or THEA 211

 or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202 or SPCH 204 or GEOG 102
 ♦  General Elective - any University course
 ▲  Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline
 ▬  Support Course
§  Management Science Elective

NOTE: Please consult a program advisor to discuss course options. 


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