Special Education (B.S.Ed.) (2003)

Administered by Exceptionality Programs

Effective Fall, 2003

General Education Requirements - The university requires a minimum of 50 hours of general education requirements, some of which are specifically required for this major. Core courses designated by the department as applicable to the general education requirements may be elected in partial fulfillment of that requirement. The following general education courses are required for completion of the program:

20.101 Composition I and 20.201 Composition II (or any of the writing intensive literature courses)

25.103 Public Speaking or 25.104 Interpersonal Communication

48.101 General Psychology

48.210 Life-Span Psychology

50.100 Cells, Genes, Molecules

05.321 First Aid and Safety

53.141 Introduction to Statistics or 48.160 Basic Statistics

To meet state certification requirements, special education majors must have six credits of mathematics, composition and an American or English literature course.

Requirements for the Major - A total of 70 semester hours is required for a major in special education including professional education courses, those required for special education and electives.

Professional Education courses include:

Choose one of the following three courses:

60.251 Psychological Foundations in Education or
48.251 Psychological Foundations in Education or
60.393 Social Foundations of Education

60.406 Multicultural Education

62.302 Teaching of Science in the Elementary School or 62.390 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School

62.371 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School

62.398 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School

Choose one of the following four courses:

62.373 Diagnostic and Inclusive Practices
74.305 Introduction to Instructional Methods for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (reserved for Deaf/Hard of Hearing area of concentration only).
60.497 Teaching Literacy and Literature in Diverse Classrooms
65.374 Teaching Reading in Academic Subjects

Special Education Courses include:

70.101 Introduction to Exceptional Individual

70.202 Technology for Exceptionalities

70.206 Introduction to Early Intervention

70.240 Foundations in Special Education

70.250 Behavior Disorders

70.340 Educating Individuals with Moderate/Severe Disabilities

70.353 Assessment and Planning

70.357 Vocational Programming

70.401 Student Teaching With Exceptional Individuals

70.433 Language Arts for Students with Special Needs

70.450 Methods for Elementary Special Education

70.451 Methods for Secondary Special Education

70.461 Problems in Special Education

Elective Courses - A total of five semester hours may be taken as electives for this major.

Area of Concentration in Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Special education students may choose to take an area of concentration in education of the deaf/hard of hearing. The undergraduate curriculum in education of the deaf/hard of hearing lays the foundation for the training and education needed to prepare classroom teachers and itinerant hearing therapists to work in educational settings with deaf/hard of hearing children and adults. Students supplement the curriculum for their majors with an area of concentration in education of the deaf/hard of hearing that requires a minimum of 24 semester hours.

Certification to teach deaf/hard of hearing students in school programs is granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education upon completion of a related graduate program.

All applicants to the graduate program in Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing must have completed the courses listed below. Students without an education background will need to take five education courses agreed upon by the curriculum coordinator in education of the deaf/hard of hearing.

Required Courses

The following is a suggested time sequence for courses required in the area of concentration of the deaf/hard of hearing.

Freshman Year

70.101 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals

74.201 History, Education and Guidance of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

74.153 Introduction to Sign Language

Sophomore Year

72.200 Introduction to Audiology

75.155 American Sign Language I

75.226 American Sign Language II

Junior/Senior Years

74.305 Introduction to Instructional Methods for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

74.461 Deaf/Hard of Hearing Based Observation