This program of study focuses on the preparation of teachers of students with mild to moderate disabilities (e.g., autism, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional disabilities, and traumatic brain injury). Candidates who complete the program will be certified/licensed in graded Pre-K-12 in the area of multi-categorical disabilities. This program involves both in-class and field experiences that prepare candidates for this exciting and rewarding career field. Students must earn a “C” or better in all foundation and major requirements courses. Students should plan carefully with their assigned advisers since some courses have prerequisites and are limited to specific semesters. With the exception of EDSP 200: Foundations of Special Education, students may not participate in courses designated with the education/special education prefix (EDSP) until after being admitted to the professional program in teacher education.
Students majoring in special education will focus in the disability area of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). Study in the core areas of English, math, science, and social studies as well as art or music and health prepare students for content they will be expected to teach. To prepare for classroom interaction, students in the special education SLD program receive extensive preparation in child growth and development, technology, exceptional learner characteristics and differences, instructional strategies and planning, learning environments and social interactions, language and reading, assessment, collaboration, and professional and ethical practice.