Special Education (K-12) Teaching Licensure (B.A. in Special Education)

This program of study allows students to complete a baccalaureate degree in special education and also be licensed to teach special education, general curriculum, in grades K-12 at the end of four years. Students pursuing licensure in this manner complete all requirements necessary for Virginia licensure, including field experience and student teaching, at the end of four years.

Admission Requirements: Students in this program must seek admission to the teacher licensure program and apply for student teaching. See the education section for admission requirements and procedures.

Degree Planning: Students in this program must take courses as specified to ensure fulfillment of state licensure requirements.

Also, course rotations vary, and not every course is available each semester. Course rotations are specified in the Course Descriptions. Individual advising is important to ensure students meet all major and teaching licensure requirements.

Minimum Grade Requirements: A grade of a C or better is required in professional studies courses. Professional studies courses are those associated with teacher preparation. An overall 2.5 GPA is required.

Degree Requirements — Special Education Teaching Licensure (B.A. in Special Education)

This degree requires 120 credits.

Liberal Arts Core and University Requirements

See University Requirements and the Liberal Arts Core for details.

Major Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the major, all students in this program will take the following coursework in a sequence determined in collaboration with a faculty advisor. Some courses also satisfy Liberal Arts Core and/or University Requirements. Some coursework fulfills teaching licensure requirements as specified by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

ED 200Foundations of Teaching and Learning

3

ED 254Technology for the K-12 Classroom

3

ED 323Literacy Instruction: Diagnosis and Corrective Strategies

3

ED 329Collaborative Models for Special Education

3

ED 339Individualized Education Programs and Strategies for the General Curriculum

3

ED 345Transition, Family, and Community Services for Individuals with Disabilities

3

ED 351Assessment to Support Learning in K-12

3

ED 355Literacy Instruction for Diversity Learners: PK-2

3

ED 358Teaching Mathematics and Science

6

 

ED 366Secondary Teaching Methods in Science

3

OR

ED 367Secondary Teaching Methods in History and Social Science

3

OR

ED 368Secondary Teaching Methods in English

3

OR

ED 369Secondary Teaching Methods in Mathematics

3

 

ED 449Strategies for Behavior Management for the Special Educator

3

ED 460SEStudent Teaching: Special Education *

6

EN 301The Writing Process: Theory and Practice *

3

MDS 480Senior Seminar *

3

PSY 110Human Growth and Development *

3

PSY 341Psychology of Individuals with Exceptionalities *

3

ED 449 and ED 460 SE must be taken at the same time.

Nine (9) credits in one of the following: biology, English, history, or mathematics, with at least one (1) class at the 300+ level.

Sample Degree Plan — Special Education Teaching Licensure (B.A. in Special Education)

Please note that this is a sample plan; all students must consult with an advisor in making course selections.

Year One — Fall

DSC 101DISCOVER First-Year Seminar *

3

EN 101Composition I *

3

HI Introductory History (HI-1) core course *

3

Introductory Social Science (SS-1) core course *

3

TRS 100Theological Inquiry *

3

EN 101: WR core course

TRS 100: TRS-1 core course

Year One — Spring

BIO 120Introduction to the Biological World *

3

BIO 120LIntroduction to the Biological World Lab

1

EN 102Composition II *

3

PH 100Introduction to Philosophy *

3

PSY 110Human Growth and Development *

3

One (1) elective

3

EN 102: WR core course

PH 100: PH-1 core course

PSY 110: SS-1 core course

Year Two — Fall

ED 200Foundations of Teaching and Learning

3

ED 254Technology for the K-12 Classroom

3

 

EN 225Literary Superheroes *

3

OR

EN 227Short Fiction *

3

 

MA 127Applied Geometry *

3

One (1) content area course

Content area courses will be chosen from biology, English, history, or mathematics.

MA 127: MT core course

Year Two — Spring

EN 301The Writing Process: Theory and Practice *

3

PSY 341Psychology of Individuals with Exceptionalities *

3

 

TRS 201Understanding Religion *

3

OR

TRS 202Religions of the World *

3

 

Fine Arts (FNA) or Advanced History (HI-2) core course *

3

Introductory Social Science (SS-1) or Natural Science (NS) core course *

3

One (1) content area course

Content area courses will be chosen from biology, English, history, or mathematics.

PSY 341: SS-2 core course

TRS 201 or TRS 202: TRS-2 core course

Year Three — Fall

ED 345Transition, Family, and Community Services for Individuals with Disabilities

3

ED 351Assessment to Support Learning in K-12

3

ED 355Literacy Instruction for Diversity Learners: PK-2

3

Advanced Literature (LT-2) core course *

3

One (1) elective

3

Content area courses will be chosen from biology, English, history, or mathematics.

Year Three — Spring

ED 323Literacy Instruction: Diagnosis and Corrective Strategies

3

ED 329Collaborative Models for Special Education

3

ED 358Teaching Mathematics and Science

6

One (1) content area course

Year Four — Fall

ED 339Individualized Education Programs and Strategies for the General Curriculum

3

 

ED 366Secondary Teaching Methods in Science

3

OR

ED 367Secondary Teaching Methods in History and Social Science

3

OR

ED 368Secondary Teaching Methods in English

3

OR

ED 369Secondary Teaching Methods in Mathematics

3

 

MDS 480Senior Seminar *

3

Philosophical Ethics (PH-E) core course *

3

One (1) elective

3

Year Four — Spring

ED 449Strategies for Behavior Management for the Special Educator

3

ED 460SEStudent Teaching: Special Education *

6

One (1) elective

3

* Fulfills Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements. See University Requirements and the Liberal Arts Core and the Course Descriptions for further information.