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  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Special Education Major, B.A./B.S.


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The student who desires to become a special education teacher will complete the following minimum course of study that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and initial practitioner Indiana license in exceptional needs: mild intervention. Special education majors are encouraged to also complete a "highly qualified" teaching minor.

Teaching Major Grade & GPA Requirement


Students completing a teaching major must earn at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA, a 2.75 major GPA, and a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward degree requirements.

Special Education Core 39 Requirements - 41 credit hours


Within Core 39, special education majors are required to complete specific courses as indicated in the chart below to meet content requirements for licensure in special education.

Foundations (14 hours)

  Composition I ENG 101 - Rhetoric and Composition I: Literacy and the Self   3 hrs
  Composition II ENG 201 - Rhetoric and Composition II: Literacy and the World   3 hrs
       
  Communication Choose one of:  
    CMST 101 - Introduction to Public Speaking   or 3 hrs
    CMST 107 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication    
       
  Mathematics Any Core 39 approved Foundation Mathematics course 3 hrs
  Physical Activity and Wellness KIN 192 - Concepts in Wellness and Fitness   1 hr
  FYE UNIV 101 - First Year Experience   1 hr

Civic and Cultural Awareness (13 hours) - 4 Categories of Ways of Knowing

  Historical Inquiry

Choose one of:

3 hrs
    HIST 101 - The United States to 1865    
    HIST 102 - The United States since 1865    
       
  Scientific and Mathematical Inquiry MATH 203 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II   (Note: MATH 103  is a prerequisite) 4 hrs
       
  Social Inquiry EDUC 221 - Diversity and Equity in Education   3 hrs
       
  World Languages and Culture Choose one of: 3 hrs
    HUM 211 - World Humanities I    
    HUM 212 - World Humanities II    
    HUM 241 - The Humanistic Tradition in Literature I    
    HUM 242 - The Humanistic Tradition in Literature II    

Bachelor of Science (14 credits)

  World Language and Culture GEOG 330 - World Geography   3 hrs
       
  Natural Science with Lab BIOL 108 - Biology for Educators    AND 4 hrs
    GEOL 108 - Earth-Space Science for Educators    
       
  Natural Science with Lab CHEM 108 - Chemistry for Educators   AND 4 hrs
    PHYS 108 - Physics for Educators    
       
  Social Science Social Science Elective 3 hrs
       
  Students may pursue a BA degree by completing modern language courses (ARAB, CHIN/FREN/GERM/JPN/LATN/SPAN) 101, 102, 203, and 204.  For a BA degree, the social science elective may be omitted.  However, GEOG 330  and the 8 hours of science are still required.

Embedded Experiences (in core, major and/or elective courses)

  Diversity EDUC 221 - Diversity and Equity in Education    
       
  Global GEOG 330 - World Geography    
       
  Writing EDUC 221 - Diversity and Equity in Education  AND  
    EDUC 458 - Seminar in Professional Education    

 

Other Content Requirements


In addition to the Core 39 requirements, candidates are required to complete the following content courses for licensure in special education.

Content Area Minor Requirement


In order to be considered "highly qualified" in an area, candidates must complete an established minor in a content area typically taught in P-12 schools.  Candidates may minor in elementary education or early childhood education but will only be considered "highly qualified" at those grade levels.  The highly qualified status is not required for licensure but it is required for employment.

The candidate must complete the courses listed above and earn 120 credit hours to graduate.

 

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