May 26, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin

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

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The student who desires to become a special education educator will complete the following minimum course of study that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and initial practitioner Indiana Instructional 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
Creative & Aesthetic Expression
or World Languages & Culture
Choose one course from either category
(must be a unique prefix)
3 hrs

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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