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