Undergraduate 2017-2018

Special Education B.A. — Early Childhood Special Education Liberal Arts Emphasis (Birth to 8 Years)

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 and courses in early childhood and early childhood special education theory, practice, and pedagogy to ensure students have the breadth of knowledge needed in early childhood special education. Strong emphasis is placed on promoting families as partners, collaborative and cross-disciplinary service approaches, recommended intervention practices that are based on research evidence, and appropriate practices for work with children and their families across a range of abilities and cultural experiences. Students are required to take technology courses; and the use of technology is incorporated into the special education coursework. Field based experiences with children in three age-groups birth to 2 years, 3- 5 years, and 5-8 years are included in coursework. The program addresses national and state early childhood special education professional standards for the promotion of development and learning of young children from birth to age 8 in inclusive settings. 

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specific LAC — 24 credits

LAC area 1.a. — Elementary Composition

ENG 122College Composition

3

LAC area 1.b. — Intermediate Composition

ENG 123College Research Paper

3

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.a. — Economic and Political Systems or LAC area 5.b. — Geography

Choose one of the following courses:

GEOG 100World Geography

3

GEOG 110Geography of the United States and Canada

3

PSCI 100United States National Government

3

PSCI 105Fundamentals of Politics

3

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

Choose one of the following courses:

ASLS 160Introduction to Human Communication and Its Disorders

3

SOC 120Introduction to Family Studies

3

LAC Electives

MIND 293Play as a Route to Insight and Creation

3

Remaining LAC — 19 credits

See "Liberal Arts Core."

2. Required Major — 70 credits

Required Major Courses — 39 credits

Take all of the following courses:

EDSE 201Culture of Special Education

3

EDSE 203The Individualized Education Program and the Collaborative Process

3

EDSE 270Field-Based Experience

3

EDSE 331Typical and Atypical Development of Young Children

3

EDSE 332Appropriate Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education

3

EDSE 333Evidence-based Practices for Preschool Learners, 3-5 Years

3

EDSE 334Evidence-based Practices for Young Learners, 5 to 8 Years

3

EDSE 431Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education

3

EDSE 432Evidence-based Practices for Infants and Toddlers, Birth to 3 Years

3

EDSE 434Collaborative Practice with Families and Professionals

3

EDSE 435Young Children with Significant Support Needs

3

EDSE 436Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education: Birth to 3 Years

3

EDSE 437Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education: 3-8 Years

3

Additional Required Courses — 31 credits

Take all of the following courses:

ECLD 350Teaching Young Bilingual Children

3

EDEC 205Nutrition, Health, and Safety

3

EDEC 220Curriculum Development: Methods and Techniques

3

EDEC 240Administration of Early Childhood Care and Education Program

3

EDEC 241Administration: Human Relations for Early Childhood

3

EDEC 400Child Development in Context (0-8 years)

3

EDEC 465Managing Early Childhood Classrooms

2

EDRD 319Language and Literacy Development of Preschool and Elementary School Children

3

ET 247Technology in Education for Elementary Teaching

1

ET 347Educational Technology Applications for Elementary Teaching

1

MATH 283Fundamental Mathematics III: Geometry and Measurement

3

PSY 347Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers

3

3. University-Wide Credits — 7 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree that will typically be 7 credits.