Special Education

Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Department of Teaching and Learning

School of Education


 

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education is a professional standards-based cross-categorical undergraduate degree program which is strongly oriented towards developing the necessary knowledge base, skills, and disposition to teach learners with mild or moderate disabilities in either the elementary or middle grades while enriching their overall instructional, management, and diagnostic competencies. This teacher preparation program leads to initial certification in teaching with a specialty in special education. This undergraduate program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

 
Program Standards

This program and its courses are aligned with the standards articulated by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), and Maryland Teacher Technology Standards (MMTS).

Requirements

Eligible Candidates

This academic program applies to persons strongly interested in teaching learners with exceptionalities in diverse classroom settings and working collaboratively with their families. Teacher candidates who are eligible for admission must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have a 2.7 G.P.A or better
  • Must have successfully completed at least 30 credits
  • Must submit a Declaration of Major form
  • Must complete a Phase I: Readiness to Enter the Program Portfolio
  • Must have completed the English and Mathematics requirements (ENGL 101 & 102: MATH 103)
  • Must have passed Praxis I (Math, Reading, and Writing components)
  • Must complete an interview with the Chairperson and another faculty member

Program Requirements

The chairperson assigns each teacher candidate an advisor to guide the teacher candidate’s program of study. Teacher must complete a 3-Phase Professional Portfolio. In addition to completing the General Education Requirements, teacher candidates enrolling in special education undergraduate program must complete the following curriculum plan.

General Education Requirements
45 Credits

All special education majors must complete MATH 103 (Math for Elementary Teachers 1) and PHSC 101 (Physical Science).

Course
Crs.
Title
ENGL 101
3
English Composition I
ENGL 102
3
English Composition II
ENGL 200
3
English
HIST 201
3
History I
HIST 202
3
History II
BIOL 101
4
Biological Science
HEED 101
3
Personal Health
MATH 103
3
Math for Elementary Teachers I
PHSC 101
4
Physical Science
PSYC 201
3
Introduction to Psychology
XXXX xxx
3
Music/Arts/Foreign Language
SOCI 201
3
Introduction to Sociology
PHIL 102
3
Introduction to Philosophy
MISY 150
3
Technology Fluency
ORIE 101
1
Freshmen Seminar
Program Requirements
22 credits

Course
Crs.
Title
MATH 104
3
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
MATH 125
3
Math for Liberal Arts
MATH 207
3
Technology Based Mathematics for Teachers
PHSC 102
4
Earth & Space Science
GEOG 103
3
World Regional Geography
PSYC 335
3
Developmental Psychology
ENGL 321
3
Children's Literature
Core Program Requirements
30 Credits

Course
Crs.
Title
SPED 201
3
Introduction to Needs of Exceptional Individuals
SPED 302
3
Educational Evaluation of Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
SPED 303
3
Techniques of Measurement & Evaluation of Learners w/ Mild & Moderate Disabilities Grades
SPED 402
3
Counseling Parents & Family Members of Learners w/ Mild & Moderate Disabilities
SPED 403
3
Developing Individualized Education Programs for Learners w/ Mild & Moderate Disabilities
EDUC 202
3
Educational Psychology
EDUC 300
3
Foundations of Reading
EDUC 402
3
History of Education
REED 401
3
Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Disabilities
REED 405
3
Strategies and Materials for Teaching Reading
Methods & Student Teaching
27 credits

Course
Crs.
Title
ELED 303
3
Methods of Teaching Reading
SPED 301
3
Classroom Organization & Management in the Education of Learners with Mild & Moderate Disabilities
SPED 304
3
Curriculum for Teaching Literacy Skills to Mild/Moderate Disabled Learners in Elementary/Middle Grades
SPED 305
3
Curriculum for Teaching Math, Social Studies, Science to Mild/Moderate Disabled Learners in Elementary/Middle Grades
ELED 306
3
Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
SPED 404
9
Directed Teaching w/ Learners w/ Mild/Moderate Disabilities in Elementary/Middle Grades
SPED 405
3
Seminar