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Special Education – Multicategorical, Grades PreK-12

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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



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.

A. Core Skills


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

Approved Mathematics


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

C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
  HIST 101 Western Civilization to 1600
OR HIST 102 Western Civilization 1600-1918
OR HIST 111 U.S. History to 1877
OR HIST 111R U.S. History to 1877
 HIST 112 U.S. History since 1877
OR HIST 112R U.S. History since 1877
HIST 121 World Civilizations to 1600
OR HIST 122 World Civilizations 1600-present
    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 111R2 United States History to 1877
HIST 112R2 United States History since 1877
POLS 101R2 American National Government
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
Total General Education Requirements 35

1 For approved courses see the General Education section
If you already have credit for HIST 111, do not take HIST 111R; if you already have credit for HIST 112, do not take HIST 112R; if you already have credit for POLS 101, do not take POLS 101R


EDUC 106 Field Experience IA 0.5
EDUC 202 Education in America 3
EDUC 206 Field Experience IC 0.5
EDUC 207 Field Experience ID 1
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
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 69
Additional Electives 16


*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.

  • For formal admission to the Teacher Education program, see Student Eligibility on page 219-221 of the catalog.
  • 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