2013-2014 Catalog

 

Exceptional Needs Education - B.S.

The Exceptional Needs program is designed to train teachers to serve persons who require mild interventions (a Severe and Profound program is also available for students who wish to add this certification to their teaching license). It is consistent with new state standards that call for a major (rather than minor) in exceptional needs. The focus is also on a non-categorical approach. Graduates of the program have a(n):

  1. Understanding of the provision of special education in the regular classroom environment.
  2. Effective use of state-of-the-art methods in special education.
  3. Knowledge of effective service delivery models for learners with disabilities.
  4. Awareness of alternative resources for serving learners with disabilities.
  5. Skill in working with families of learners with disabilities.
  6. Skill in working with other professionals and agencies to assure quality programs.
  7. Attitude of lifelong learning as a special education professional.

Four guiding principles are foundational to the exceptional needs program:

  1. God created all persons, including persons with disabilities, and each is valuable (Psalm 139:13-16).
  2. When included as part of society, persons with disabilities have something to offer (I Corinthians 12:12-26).
  3. The task of the educator is to teach persons with or without disabilities to fulfill their role in society (I Thessalonians 5:14).
  4. Acceptance of these individuals, as they are, is a primary and essential part of teaching (John 4:5-27).

Two versions of the Exceptional Needs major are available. Each consists of general education requirements, a Professional Core common to each major, Exceptional Needs courses specific to each major, and elective courses. In addition, a Severe and Profound program may be added to any Exceptional Needs major.

General Education (45-51 credits)

Required Courses

LDR-150Introduction to Life Calling

3

Humanities Core (12 credits)

ENG-180Humanities World Literature

3

HST-180Humanities World Civilization

3

MUS-180Humanities Fine Arts

3

PHL-180Humanities Philosophy

3

Biblical Literature (6 credits)

BIL-101Old Testament Survey

3

BIL-102New Testament Survey

3

Advanced Writing or Literature (3 credits)

-Advanced Writing

-or

-Literature > 200

3

Health and Wellness (2 credits)

PHE-101Concepts of Health and Wellness

1

PHE-Activity Elective

1

Social Sciences and Psychology (9 credits)

PSY-150General Psychology

3

SOC-150Principles of Sociology

3

-or

SOC-210Minority Group Relations

3

Elective-Taken from ECO, HST, or POL

3

SOC-150: Does not meet Intercultural Competency

SOC-210: Meets Intercultural Competency

Science/Mathematics (7 credits)

-Lab Science

4

-Math/CIS elective

3

Competencies and Proficiencies (3-9 credits)

-Writing Competency

0-3

-Speech Competency

3

-Intercultural Competency

0-3

Professional Core (42 credits)

EDU-130American Education

3

EDU-200Educational Technology

1

EDS-215Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Settings

3

PSY-276Psychology of the Exceptional Learner

3

EDS-350Assessment in Special Education

3

EDS-350PAssessment in Special Education Practicum

1

EDS-361Behavior Management in Special Education

3

EDS-370Public Policy and Special Education

3

EDS-385Special Education Practicum I

2

EDS-386Special Education Practicum II

1

EDS-496Supervised Student Teaching in Special Education

15

EDS-494Student Teaching Seminar

1

K-6 Exceptional Needs Major (14 credits)

Add the following courses to the Professional Core:

EDU-290Elementary Education in a Pluralistic Society

3

PSY-251Child Development

3

EDS-381Methods for Teaching Children With Exceptional Needs

3

EDS-354Language Arts Methods

2

EDS-388Developmental Reading

3

P-12 Exceptional Needs Major (20 credits)

Add the following courses to the Professional Core:

EDU-240Educational Psychology

3

EDU-250Principles of Teaching

3

EDS-324Literacy for the Adolescent With Exceptional Needs

3

EDS-354Language Arts Methods

2

EDS-381Methods for Teaching Children With Exceptional Needs

3

EDS-382Methods for Teaching Adolescents With Exceptional Needs

3

EDS-388Developmental Reading

3

Severe and Profound (9 credits)

Severe and Profound certification may be added to any Exceptional Needs major by taking the following courses:

EDS-331Critical Issues in Severe Disabilities

3

EDS-332Community-Based Instruction, Supports, And Services

3

EDS-333Interdisciplinary Collaboration

3

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