Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Special Education B.A. – Liberal Arts Emphasis

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. University-Wide 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. Strong emphasis is placed on literacy and mathematics in both Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements and content area 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

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the 80 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 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. We recommend that your Arts and Humanities courses count for your IS and MS designations.

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

GEOG 100 or GEOG 110 or PSCI 100 or ECON 203 or ECON 205 is recommended to fulfill Social & Behavioral Sciences 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 Natural & Physical Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 80 credits

EDSE 201Culture of Special Education

3

EDSE 203The Individualized Education Program and the Collaborative Process

3

EDSE 270Field-Based Experience

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

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

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

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

3

or

HIST 101Survey of American History from 1877 to the PresentLAH1

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

SCI 265Physical Science ConceptsLAS1LASL

4

SCI 266Earth and Life ScienceLAS1LASL

4

Application for Initial Admission to PTEP

Application for Full Admission to PTEP

3. University-Wide Credits — 9 Credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for any degree at UNC; for this program, that will typically be 9 credits.

*Note:  Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.