Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Special Education B.A. – K-12 Special Education Teaching Emphasis - Licensure: Special Education Generalist (Ages 5-21)

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Location: McKee 126, Dean's Office 

Telephone: 970.351.2691

Website: www.unco.edu/cebs/sped

Advising Information:

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

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits

Program Description:

The curriculum consists of recommended Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, courses in professional teacher preparation, courses in special education theory, practice, and pedagogy and courses in Liberal Arts Curriculum 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 Curriculum 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 processes, behavioral management, knowledge and access of resources, inquiry skills, and implementation of special educator roles. Topics emphasized within these themes include normal developmental learning, general assessment concepts, foundational characteristics of disabilities, service delivery models, and technology.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

PTEP Program Requirements:

Teacher candidates who complete an approved content degree and the UNC professional teacher education program, as well as pass the appropriate Colorado Department of Education designated PRAXIS exam (if applicable), will be eligible for recommendation from UNC for a Colorado Department of Education teaching license. 

If you are seeking licensure in your program area, the following items are required to complete your program.

  • Completion of Application for Initial Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Full Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Application for Student Teaching
  • Completion of content specific PRAXIS test prior to Student Teaching
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.
  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Please work with your content advisor to determine when these requirements will be completed throughout your program.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that will also count toward the required major credits.

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

MATH 181 and MATH 182 are recommended to fulfill the Mathematics requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

An Art & Humanities course with an IS designation and an Arts & Humanities course with an MS designation are recommended to fulfill the LAC requirement.

One of the following is recommended to fulfill your Social and Behavioral Sciences Course: GEOG 100 or GEOG 110 or PSCI 100 or ECON 203 or ECON 205 and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

HIST 100 or HIST 101 is recommended to fulfill History requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

SCI 265 and SCI 266 are recommended to fulfill the Natural & Physical Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 77 credits

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 411Assessments to Support the Struggling Reader

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

GEOG 100World GeographyLAB2LAIS

3

or

GEOG 110Geography of the United States and CanadaLAB2

3

or

PSCI 100United States National GovernmentLAB1

3

or

ECON 203Principles of MacroeconomicsLAB1

3

or

ECON 205Principles of MicroeconomicsLAB1

3

HIST 100Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877LAH1

3

or

HIST 101Survey of American History from 1877 to the PresentLAH1

3

MATH 181Fundamentals of Mathematics I: Number and OperationsLAX1

3

MATH 182Fundamental Mathematics II: Algebra, Probability and Data AnalysisLAX1

3

MATH 283Fundamental Mathematics III: Geometry and Measurement

3

SCI 265Physical Science ConceptsLAS1LASL

4

SCI 266Earth and Life ScienceLAS1LASL

4

ASLS 266Normal Speech and Language Development

3

ASLS 365Language Disorders in Children

3

EDRD 410Achieving Effective Instruction in Developmental Reading

3

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

3

3. Required PTEP (Main Campus) — 23-24 credits

In addition to your course work, you will also be responsible for Passing the relevant PRAXIS exams and completing the following applications: Initial PTEP Application, Full Admission to PTEP Application and Student Teaching Application. Students must have a 3.0 prior to student teaching.

EDSE 270Field-Based Experience

3

PSY 347Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers

3

or

PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers

3

EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process

3

or

EDF 370Social Foundations of Education

3

ET 340Integration of Technology into Content and Pedagogy

2

or

ET 449Integrating Technologies into Secondary Education Pedagogy

3

EDSE 444Student Teaching in Special Education

1-15

Application for Initial Admission to PTEP

Application for Full Admission to PTEP

Successfully Pass Program Specific PRAXIS Test

Successfully complete Application for Student Teaching

In addition, EDSE 444 must be taken for 12 credits.

Center for Urban Education

The Center for Urban Education offers the full comprehensive four-year Special Education BA Program. 

All other courses listed in the areas of LAC and Major Credits apply to Center for Urban Education students.

3. Required PTEP (Center for Urban Education) — 21 credits

Please note the following:

EDSE 170: Must be taken for 3 credits: Take for 3 semesters, 1 credit each semester.

EDSE 370: Must be taken for 3 credits: Take for 3 semesters, 1 credit each semester.

EDSE 444: Must be taken for 6 credits.

In addition to your course work, you will also be responsible for Passing the relevant PRAXIS exams and completing the following applications: Initial PTEP Application, Full Admission to PTEP Application and Student Teaching Application. Students must have a 3.0 prior to student teaching.

EDSE 170Introduction to Field Based Experience

1- 3

EDSE 370Advanced Field-Based Experience

1- 3

EDSE 371Action Research Project

1

EDSE 444Student Teaching in Special Education

1-15

ET 340Integration of Technology into Content and Pedagogy

2

EDF 370Social Foundations of Education

3

PSY 347Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers

3

Application for Full Admission to PTEP

Application for Initial Admission to PTEP

Successfully Pass Program Specific PRAXIS Test

Successfully complete Application for Student Teaching

4. University-Wide Credits — 0 credits*

*Note: Students must apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum requirements and the major requirements to complete this degree program in 120 credit hours. Students may have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree depending on the number of credits applied to both the LAC and the major. See your advisor for details.

Program Notes:

All courses must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in EDSE 444. Prior to Student Teaching, candidates must pass both an Elementary Content and the Special Education Generalist PRAXIS test.

First semester transfer students’ GPA will be reviewed at the end of the first semester on campus. Student must have a 3.0 GPA to enroll in EDSE 444.

Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator. 

Special Education majors do not take EDRD 340, EDSE 433, and EDFE 444; required major courses will meet these requirements (EDSE 201, EDRD 410 and EDSE 444).

This major allows K-12 special education teachers to learn and apply the roles and responsibilities they must perform on a daily basis:

  • Assess and identify students with disabilities;
  • Plan an Individualized Education program in collaboration with other professionals and parents under the rules and regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Colorado Exceptional Children Education Act;
  • Provide direct individualized instruction and interventions in learning and behavior to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities; provide support to students with disabilities in the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) through consultation and collaboration with Liberal Arts Curriculum teachers; and provide adaptations and support systems in collaboration and consultation with LAC teachers; thereby providing an advantage to the student attaining this degree over those preparing to teach with a Liberal Arts Degree.