The special education program is built on a foundation of specialized content courses, addressing the competencies for teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities.

education student with groupThese courses provide the needed background for multicategorical certification.

All teacher education programs at Lander University are guided by Lander’s conceptual framework for teacher education. The framework is built on the conceptual model of the “Professional Educator” as one who demonstrates these Learner Outcomes: 

The Professional Educator

  1. integrates content knowledge and skills of scholarly inquiry to teach all students;
  2. plans, provides, and assesses learning experiences that are supported by research, knowledge of best practice and professional standards;
  3. communicates and collaborates with diverse populations (students, educators, families and community members) exhibiting professional behaviors and dispositions; and
  4. engages in reflection and professional development to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT
HOURS
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
   

Approved Mathematics

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

6
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives  
  HIST 101 Western Civilization (before 1600)
OR HIST 102 Western Civilization (1600–1918)
OR HIST 111 U.S. History to 1877
OR HIST 112 U.S. History since 1877
OR HIST 121 World Civilizations to 1600
OR HIST 122 World Civilizations since 1600 
3
    Behavioral and Social Perspectives elective 3
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877
OR POLS 101 American National Government

3
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
Section 1. Courses in Section 1 can be taken by students with Initial Status*  
EDUC 106 Field Experience IA 0.5
EDUC 210 Communication in Diverse Classrooms 3
MATH 203 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 3
Section 2. Courses in Section 2 can be taken by students with Provisional Status*  
EDUC 204 Instructional Technology for Teachers 3
EDUC 206 Field Experience IC 0.5
EDUC 207 Field Experience ID 0.5
EDUC 223 General Pedagogy 3
EDUC 240 Child Growth and the Educational Process 3
EDUC 321 Foundations of Reading (R2S) 3
SPED 223 PreK-12, Students with Diverse Learning Needs 3
SPED 240 Characteristics of Diverse Learners, K12 3
Section 3: Professional Education Content Preparation; courses in Section 3 must be taken together by students with Formal Status*  
EDUC 300 Content Area Reading and Writing 3
EDUC 322  Teaching Science in the Elementary Grades
OR EDUC 424 Social Studies Pedagogy
3
EDUC 327 Mathematics Pedagogy 3
EDUC 345 Instructional Practices for Teaching Reading 3
SPED 321 Assessing and Teaching Reading to Needs 3
SPED 329 Special Education Clinical Experience 2
SPED 341 Integrated Early Childhood and Elementary Curriculum and 
Instruction for Diverse Learners
3
SPED 356 Behavior and Classroom Management 3

Section 4: Professional Education Yearlong Internship; courses in Section 4 must be taken by students with Candidate Status* in a Fall/Spring sequence. Successful completion of PRAXIS II is required for enrollment in these course.

Fall Semester Courses:

 
SPED 423 Assessment of Diverse Learners, P-12 3
SPED 429 Special Education Clinical Experience 3
SPED 434 Communication and Collaborative Practices 3
SPED 451 Integrated Secondary Curriculum and Instruction for  
Diverse Learners
3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
Spring Semester Courses:  
EDUC 461 Clinical Practice B 11
EDUC 499 Teacher Education Seminar 1
     
Total Major Requirements 72.5
Additional Electives 12.5
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120

*Status, as defined below, is determined by factors which include, but are not limited to: PRAXIS Core scores, GPA, course completion, program assessments, and maintenance of professional dispositions.

  • Freshman Year: State Basic Skills Exam (PRAXIS Core)
  • Sophomore Year: Application for admission to major in Teacher Education; screening interview; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Junior Year: Application for student teaching; professional education GPA 3.00 or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Senior Year: Content Area Exams (PRAXIS II) and PLT; professional education GPA of 3.00 or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; Graduation Application; FALS
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses

 

Student Eligibility

Students enrolled in Secondary or PK-12:

Initial Level (First Year)

  1. Participate in initial Advising and Induction.
  2. Take PRAXIS Core or exempt with 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).

Provisional Level (Second Year)

  1. Complete Initial Level requirements.
  2. Complete a SLED check.
  3. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  4. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  5. Pass PRAXIS Core or exempt with 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score.
  6. Submit Sophomore Portfolio.
  7. Gather and submit references.
  8. Successfully complete an (April) oral interview with Teacher Education faculty.
  9. Successfully complete other reviews as required by departments in specific content areas.

Formal Level (Third Year)

  1. Complete Provisional Level requirements.
  2. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  3. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  4. Participate in Induction and Pinning Ceremony.
  5. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PRAXIS II.
  6. Successfully complete other departmental requirements, reviews, projects, or milestones.

Candidate Level (Fourth Year)

  1. Complete Formal Level requirements.
  2. Complete FALS requirements before student teaching semester.
  3. Enter candidacy with formal admission to the teacher education program.
  4. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  5. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  6. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PRAXIS II.
  7. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PLT.
  8. Successfully complete other departmental requirements, reviews, projects, or milestones.