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Undergraduate Studies

Bachelor of Science in Education: Special Education
This is designed for students wishing to teach special education and leads to Missouri Mild/Moderate Disability: Cross Categorical, Grades K-12, teaching certificate.  This certificate allows graduates to teach individuals with mental handicaps, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, physical and other health impairments, as well as cross-categorical disabilities; hence graduates have a broad range of employment opportunities.

General Education requirements (46 hours required):
Students entering college first time, Fall 2002 should refer to this bulletin for their General Education Requirements.

English and Communication (9 hours)

COMM 1030 or COMM 1040
ENGL 1100, Composition
ENGL 3100

Math (6 hours)
MATH 1030, College Algebra (prerequisite for 1150)
MATH 1150, Structure of Mathematical Systems I

Science (8-9 hours)
BIOL 1012, Intro to Biology and BIOL 1013 Intro to Biology Laboratory
Physical Science (Lecture and Laboratory)

Humanities (8 hours)
MUS ED 3770, Introduction to Music for the Elementary School Teacher (Recommended) plus two courses from art, music, philosophy, or literature

Social Science (18 hours)
PSYCH 1003, General Psychology
HIST 1001, American Civilization, or HIST 1002, American Civilization
POL SCI 1100, Introduction to American Politics
ECON 3052, Microeconomics for the School Curriculum
GEOG 1001 Intro To Geography or GEOG 1002, World Regions
SOC 1010, Intro To Sociology or ANTHRO 1025, World Cultures

Program Requirements (80 hours)

Related Area Requirements (5 hours)

PHY ED 3430, Elements of Health Education (3)
PHY ED 3261, Physical Activity of the Exceptional Learner (2)

Program Requirements (24 hours)

Level I: Exploring Education as a Profession
TCH ED 2210, Introduction to Teaching (3)
TCH ED 2211, Introduction to Schools (3)
TCH ED 2212, Introduction to Learners (3)

Level II: Analyzing the Nature and Process of Education
CNS ED 3220, Counseling Individuals with Special Needs
ED REM 3721, Psychoeducational Assessment & Evaluation
SPEC ED 4315, Speech and Language Problems of Exceptional Children (3)
SPEC ED 4342, Transitions Issues and Planning (3)
SPEC ED 3345, Cross Categorical Special Education I (3)
TCH ED 3310, Introduction to Instructional Methods (3)
TCH ED 3312, Psychology of Teaching and Learning (3)
TCH ED 3313, Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3)
TCH ED 3315, Literacy Learning and Instruction (3)

Level III: Synthesizing Theory and Practice in Education
ELE ED 3336, Communication Arts Learning and Instruction (3)
ELE ED 4246, Teaching Math in the Elementary School
ELE ED 4253, Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
ELE ED 4341, Teaching Science in the Elementary School (3)
SPEC ED 4320, Behavior Management

ELE ED 4342, Addressing Needs in Mathematics Teaching & Learning (3)
SPEC ED 3346, Literacy Assessment & Reading for Students with Special Needs (3)
SPEC ED 3349, Cross Categorical Special Education II (3) (Must be taken concurrently with Internship)
SPEC ED 4989, Special Education Professional Internship (3)

Student Teaching
SPEC ED 4990, Student Teaching in Elementary Education (6)
SPEC ED 4991, Student Teaching in Special Education II (6)

Note: SPEC ED 4990 and SPEC ED 4991 must be taken during the same semester.

Attention education majors: Professional education courses must be completed with a grade point average of 2.5 and no grade lower than a C.

Total: Minimum of 132 hours

Graduate Studies

Master of Education: Special Education
The M. Ed. Program in special education includes a representation of the important core knowledge in Special Education. The primary goal is to empower professionals to be thoughtful teachers who use best practice when working with students with disabilities. Research and data-based decision making are emphasized throughout the program. Graduate students will translate research into practice in multiple courses and learn to analyze multiple types of assessment data. The M. Ed. Program in Special Education consists of an initial required core of courses; an opportunity to develop an area of specialization; and a capstone or exit course.

When graduate students are accepted into the program they are required to have their transcripts analyzed for state certification discrepancies. Students who wish to be certified in cross-categorical disabilities will be required to fulfill general certification requirements as well as graduate coursework. Upon completion of this advanced degree, professionals will have developed an in-depth knowledge-base related to

1) Required Core (9 hours)
Students are required to complete the following courses within the first 15 hours of study.
TCH ED 6010, Examining History, Community and Social Justice in Education (3)
TCH ED 6020, Teacher Action, Advocacy & Leadership (3)
TCH ED/ED PSY 6030, Instruction, Learning & Assessment (3)

2) Required Research Course (3 hours)
ED REM 6040, Educational Research for Teachers (3)

3) Special Education Concentration (12 hours )
ED PSY 6545, Consultation in Schools and Other Settings (3)
SPEC ED 6325, Advanced Behavior Management (3)
SPEC ED 6415, The Law & Special Education (3)
SPEC ED 6441, Instructional Methods for Exceptional Learners (3)

4) Special Education Concentration Electives (6 hours):
Students may select at least six hours in one of the following concentration areas or any combination of six hours of special education electives with the approval of their advisor.

Positive Behavior Support
SPEC ED 6435, Schoolwide Systems of Positive Behavior Support (3)
SPEC ED 6436, Individual Systems of Positive Behavior Support (3)

Cross Categorical
SPEC ED 6345, Characteristics of Cross Categorical Disabilities (3)
SPEC ED 6349, Education of Learners with Cross Categorical Disabilities (3)

Developmental Disabilities
SPEC ED 6430, Characteristics of Developmental Disabilities (3)

Learning Disabilities
SPEC ED 6443, Characteristics of Learning Disabilities (3)
SPEC ED 6444, Educational of Learners with Learning Disabilities (3)

Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
SPEC ED 6452, Education of Learners with Emotional/Behavior Disabilities (3)

Early Childhood Special Education
SPEC ED 6462, Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education (3)
SPEC ED 6463, Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Early Childhood Special Education (3)

Disability Studies
SPEC ED 6410, Families and Schools in Inclusive Communities (3)
SPEC ED 6411, Law, Policy and Bureaucracy in Education and Disability Studies (3)

5) Capstone Course (3 hours)
Students must enroll in the capstone course during their last semester.
TCH ED 6910, Teacher Action Research Capstone (3)

Total hours: minimum 33 credit hours

Career Outlook

The employment outlook for special education teachers continues to be favorable, especially in certain positions. In addition to special classroom teaching, graduates of the area have been employed as resource‑room teachers, clinical diagnostic personnel, itinerant teachers, educational resource teachers, consultants, educational therapists, and sheltered workshop evaluators, and in various supervisory and administrative positions in agencies and schools. In combination with counseling, educational psychology, physical education, or other areas, careers can be planned in such occupations as vocational evaluator, counselor for special‑needs individuals, and special physical educators.