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Special Education – Multicategorical, Grades PreK-12

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

These courses provide the needed background for multicategorical certification.

All teacher education programs at Lander University are guided by Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards, a nationally recognized model which outlines teacher competencies "to ensure that every K-12 student reaches the goal of being ready to enter college or the workforce in today's world." InTASC Standards, listed below, provide direction for programs, courses, teaching and teacher candidate assessment:

  1. Learner Development
  2. Learning Differences
  3. Learning Environments
  4. Content Knowledge
  5. Application of Content
  6. Assessment
  7. Planning for Instruction
  8. Instructional Strategies
  9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
  10. Leadership and Collaboration

 

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 (Temporarily suspended)

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

1 For approved courses see the General Education section

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
EDUC 106 Field Experience IA 0.5
EDUC 204 Instructional Technology for Teachers 3
EDUC 206 Field Experience IC 0.5
EDUC 207 Field Experience ID 1
EDUC 210 Communication in Diverse Classrooms 3
EDUC 223 General Pedagogy 3
EDUC 240 Child Growth and the Educational Process 3
EDUC 321 Foundations of Reading (R2S) 3
MATH 203 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 3
SPED 223 PreK-12, Students with Diverse Learning Needs 3
SPED 240 Characteristics of Diverse Learners, K12 3

Professional Education Content Preparation
These courses can be taken by students only after acceptance into the Professional Program (Candidate 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 & Elementary Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners 3
SPED 356 Behavior and Classroom Management 3


Professional Education Yearlong Internship
These courses must be taken by students with Candidate Status* in a Fall/Spring sequence.


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 & Instruction for Diverse Learners 3

Spring Semester Courses:
EDUC 461 Clinical Practice B 11
EDUC 499 Teacher Education Seminar 1
Total Major Requirements 75
Additional Electives 10
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