The program of study in special education focuses on the preparation of teachers of students with mild to moderate disabilities (e.g., autism, learning disabilities, intellectual [mental] disabilities, emotional disabilities and traumatic brain injury). Candidates who complete the program will be certified/licensed in grades PreK-12 in the area of multi-categorical disabilities. This program involves both in-class and field experiences that prepare candidates for this exciting and rewarding career field. Students must earn a ‘C’ or better in all foundation and major requirements courses. Students should plan carefully with their assigned advisers since some courses have prerequisites and are limited to specific semesters. With the exception of EDSP 200 Q* - Foundations of Special Education (3 credits) , students may not participate in courses designated with the education/special education prefix (EDSP) until after being admitted to the professional program in teacher education.
Student Learning Outcomes
With a strong emphasis on research-based and evidenced-based practices, candidates who complete the requirements for a degree in special education mild to moderate disabilities (PreK-12) will:
- Exhibit foundational knowledge of laws, issues and processes related to serving PreK-12 students with autism, learning disabilities, intellectual [mental] disabilities, emotional disabilities and traumatic brain injury;
- Apply content knowledge to the teaching and learning process for PreK-12 students with autism, learning disabilities, intellectual [mental] disabilities, emotional disabilities and traumatic brain injury;
- Plan for appropriate instructions in a manner that provides for access to the general education curriculum;
- Select and implement norm-referenced and curriculum-based assessment results to develop appropriate individualized education programs;
- Apply long-range planning skills to develop appropriate individualized education programs;
- Provide credible evidence of the impact of instruction on PreK-12 student learning;
- Plan and implement positive behavioral interventions and supports for students with challenging behavior;
- Demonstrate professional behavior and dispositions in PreK-12 schools; and
- Exhibit competencies expected of an entry-level special educator to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities.