Begin Date: Summer Session 1996
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
PROFESSOR KATHY L. RUHL, Coordinator of Teacher Education in Special Education
The emphasis throughout the Special Education program is upon a broad clinical teaching model. Course work and practicum experiences focus upon the diagnosis and management of a wide range and degree of educational and behavioral problems of students with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. A core of Special Education courses aimed at general skill development in the areas of diagnosis, prescription, development of materials and teaching strategies, implementation, and evaluation is required of all students.
This major focuses on teaching principles and methodologies, classroom and behavioral management, and the development of teaching materials for children and youths with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities. This program helps prepare special education teachers to meet the needs of students enrolled in elementary and secondary public school special education programs.
The executive vice president and provost of the University has approved administrative enrollment controls for this major. The number of students admitted each year to this major is limited. Additional information about applying for this major is available in the dean's office in the College of Education.
Upon successful completion of the major outlined below, students become eligible for the Pennsylvania Level I Certificate in Teaching the Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped.
For the B.S. degree in Special Education, 125 credits are required. (See also Teacher Education Programs.)
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(13 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
ELECTIVES: 3 credits
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 91 credits
(This includes 13 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; and 1 credit of GHS courses.)
PRESCRIBED COURSES (83 credits)
EDPSY 014(3), 101 GQ(3), EDTHP 115(3), HD FS 129 GS(3), KINES 303 GHS(3), MATH 200 GQ(3), PSY 002 GS(3), 213 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
KINES 402(3), SPLED 305(3), 395W(3), 401(4), 404(3), 411(3), 412(4), 454(4), 495E(3) (Sem: 5-6)
INSYS 400(2), SPLED 402(3), 409(6), 495F(15), 495G(3) (Sem: 7-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 3 credits in EDTHP at the 400 level (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits in consultation with SPLED adviser (Sem: 5-8)
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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1996
Blue Sheet Item #: 24-07-005
Review Date: 6/3/99 (General Education Update)