Aug 08, 2022  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

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

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

  Historical Inquiry

Choose one of:

3 hours
    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   4 hours
    (Note: MATH 103  is a prerequisite)  
  Social Inquiry EDUC 221 - Diversity and Equity in Education   3 hours
  World Languages and Culture Choose one of: 3 hours
    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 hours
  Natural Science with Lab BIOL 108 - Biology for Educators    AND 4 hours
    GEOL 108 - Earth-Space Science for Educators    
  Natural Science with Lab CHEM 108 - Chemistry for Educators   AND 4 hours
    PHYS 108 - Physics for Educators    
  Social Science Social Science Elective 3 hours
  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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