Special Education

Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Department of Teaching and Learning

School of Education


 

The Department of Teaching and Learning is committed to preparing high-quality professionals in Special Education who are able to address the academic needs of all students. The Special Education Bachelor of Science Program provides our graduates with the theoretical and practical knowledge to meet the specific needs of urban students using research-based practices to support individual student needs and to address the diversity reflected within urban environments, while valuing the academic standards of the profession.

The Special Education Program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and is offered in a unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The primary objectives of the Special Education Program is to prepare teacher candidates who are equipped with knowledge and skills to effectively teach and meet the academic needs of all students; as well as to:

  1. Plan and engage children in activities through exploration, experimentation, and discovery;
  2. Effectively teach and meet the academic needs of all students in special programs;
  3. Teach students with their exceptionalities in mind using meaningful and challenging experiences;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to establish learning environments that are safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive to effectively teach students with exceptionalities;
  5. Engage with students the exceptionalities consistent with ethical principles and practices;
  6. Deconstruct curricula, be familiar with curricula organization, objectives, and procedures; as well as the instructional resources of the school and community to effectively implement curricula;
  7. Apply knowledge and skills acquired during practical experiences to effectively analyze teaching practices and experiences while engaging in the selection, planning, presentation, and evaluation of content knowledge;
  8. Apply and reflect on the practical application of theories and principles of learning to support and motivate learners;
  9. Knowledgeable collaborate with the boarder community of education professionals and practice continuous professional growth; and
  10. Engage with current research to plan and apply tenets of practitioner research that demonstrate effective assessment of student learning and use those data to support learners and improve practices.
  11. Apply knowledge and skills in the use of technology to support instruction, access and manipulate data, enhance professional growth and productivity; communicate; and conduct research.

Classroom experiences are gained from participation of practical experiences in the School of Education’s Professional Development Schools (PDS).

 
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
WLIT 207
3
World Literature Ancient to Post Modern
 
OR
 
ENGL 2XX
3
200 Level 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 131
3
College Algebra
 
OR
 
MATH 203
3
Basic Statistics
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 200
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
Plan of Study
(see your advisor)

The following is a sample plan of study. This is not intended as a self-advising guide or as a substitute for seeing your academic advisor about your specific plan of study. Please speak to an advisor before choosing your course load each semester.

Year 1 (Freshman)
Fall Semester
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ENGL 101
3
English Composition I
MATH 103
3
Math for Elem Teachers I
IDIS 103
3
Visual Arts & Theatre
MISY 150
3
Technology Fluency
PSYC 201
3
General Psychology
ORIE 101
1
Freshman Seminar
Spring Semester
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ENGL 102
3
English Composition II
MATH 104
3
Math Elem Teachers II
BIOL 101
4
Biological Science
HIST 205
3
Afr. American History I
HEED 101
3
Personal Health
Year 2 (Sophomore)
Fall Semester
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
WLIT 207
3
World Literature
 
OR
 
ENGL 2XX
3
 
MATH 131
3
College Algebra
 
OR
 
MATH 203
3
Basic Statistics
HIST 206
3
Afr. American History II
PHSC 101
4
Physical Science
PHIL 102
3
Intro to Philosophy
Spring Semester
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
MATH 207
3
Tech. Based Math
SOCI 201
3
Intro to Sociology
SPED 201
3
Intro to Except. Indiv
PHSC 102
4
Earth and Space Science
EDUC 300
3
Foundations of Reading
Year 3 (Junior)
Fall Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
GEOG 102
3
World Geography
EDUC 200
3
History of Education
EDUC 202
3
Educational Psychology
ENGL 321
3
Childrens' Literature
REED 401
3
Diag. & Remediation
Spring Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
SPED 302
3
Educ. Eval. Of Lrns
SPED 303
3
Tech. of Meas. & Eval
PSYC 335
3
Developmental Psychology
SPED 402
3
Coun. Parents & Family
REED 405
3
Rdg. Mat. & Strategies
Year 4 (Senior)
Fall Semester
18 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ELED 303
3
Methods of Tchg. Rdg
SPED 301
3
Clsrm Organ. & Mgmt.
SPED 304
3
Meth & Mat. Tchg. Lit/Soc. Stud.
SPED 305
3
Meth of Tchg. Math/Science
SPED 306
3
Curr. Obj, Meth, Mat.
SPED 403
3
Dev. Indiv. Educ. Prog.
Spring Semester
12 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
SPED 404
9
Student teaching
SPED 405
3
Seminar