Special Education B.A. – Liberal Arts Emphasis

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Contact: David Stewart, Administrative Assistant III

Location: McKee 29

Telephone: 970.351.1667

Fax: 970.351.1061

Website: www.unco.edu/cebs/sped

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The curriculum consists of recommended Liberal Arts core requirements, courses in professional teacher preparation, courses in special education theory, practice, and pedagogy and courses in Liberal Arts Core content to ensure teachers have the breadth of knowledge needed to be a special education teacher. Strong emphasis is placed on literacy and mathematics in both Liberal Arts Core requirements and content area coursework. Students are required to take technology courses; and the use of technology is incorporated into the special education coursework. The program is organized around nine themes including individual differences (disabilities, culture, and language), interpersonal/collaborative skills, direct instruction, legal responsibilities/processes, organizational/systemic process behavioral management knowledge and access of resources, inquiry skills, and implementation of special educator roles. Topics emphasized within these themes include typical developmental learning, general assessment concepts, foundational characteristics of disabilities, service delivery models, and technology.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 18-19 credits

LAC area 2 — Mathematics

MATH 181Fundamentals of Mathematics I: Number and Operations

3

MATH 182Fundamental Mathematics II: Algebra, Probability and Data Analysis

3

LAC area 4 — History

Choose one of the following courses:

HIST 100Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877

3

HIST 101Survey of American History from 1877 to the Present

3

LAC area 5 — Social and Behavioral Sciences

Choose one 3-credit course with one of the following prefixes (see list of courses in Area 5):

ECON (Economics) [5a]

GEOG (Geography) [5b]

PSCI (Political Science) [5a]

LAC area 5.c. — Human Behavior and Social Systems

PSY 230Human Growth and Development

3

LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences

Choose one of the following courses:

BIO 265Life Science Concepts

3

ESCI 265Earth Science Concepts for Elementary Teachers

3

SCI 265Physical Science Concepts

4

Remaining LAC — 21-22 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 62-65 credits

Take all of the following courses:

EDFE 110Application for Initial Admission to PTEP

0

EDSE 201Culture of Special Education

3

EDSE 203The Individualized Education Program and the Collaborative Process

3

EDSE 320Assessment in Special Education

3

EDSE 321Advanced Assessment in Special Education

3

EDSE 322K-12 Methods in Special Education

3

EDSE 325Behavioral Dimensions of Students with Exceptionalities I

3

EDSE 326Behavioral Dimensions of Students with Exceptionalities II

3

EDSE 327Methods for Teaching Mathematics: Students with Special Needs

3

EDSE 328Field Experience in Special Education: Elementary

3

EDSE 329Field Experience in Special Education: Secondary

3

EDSE 442Language and Literacy for Students with Severe Delays

3

EDSE 443Support Systems in Special Education

3

EDSE 460Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities

3

ASLS 266Normal Speech and Language Development

3

ASLS 365Language Disorders in Children

3

EDRD 410Achieving Effective Instruction in Developmental Reading

3

EDRD 411Elementary Reading Diagnosis and Individualization

3

MATH 283Fundamental Mathematics III: Geometry and Measurement

3

Choose one of the following courses:

EDSE 270Field-Based Experience

3

EDSE 271Field-Based Experience Seminar

2

Foreign Language

Choose one of the following courses:

ASL 101American Sign Language I

3

Any Foreign Language Course

3-5

ASL 101 is recommended.

Choose one of the following courses:

EED 341Methods for Teaching Composition in Secondary Schools

3

EED 342Methods and Materials for Teaching Language and Composition in the Elementary School

3

3. University-Wide Credits — 15-18 Credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree that will typically be 15-18 credits.