Special Education Endorsement Program (SPED)

Admission | Major | Endorsement | Course Descriptions

Objectives

This program leads to a state endorsement in Special Education of students with mild to moderate disabilities. The program may be taken as an undergraduate major, undergraduate minor or as part of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program or Master of Education (MED) Program.

Admission to the Program

Undergraduate students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (as outlined in the Education/Teacher Education Programs section of this catalog) prior to enrolling in any special education course except SPED 303/503. Students who already have a baccalaureate degree and a teaching certificate must be admitted under the Master of Education admissions procedure outlined in the MED section of this catalog. All coursework must be planned with the student’s advisor. Special Education majors must have an academic or teaching content minor. Acceptable academic or teaching minors and acceptable transfer academic or teaching minors must be approved by the dean or program director.

Students who are seeking their first licensure must take a minimum of 30 credit hours in education at Westminster College and must also meet college residency requirements. All coursework must be planned with the student’s advisor.

The major in Special Education includes the following:

Completion of Teacher Education Program Admission, Step 1

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following course, which fulfills the LE requirement, is required for the Education major:

PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
MATH 141 College Algebra, LE



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Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Education majors must complete eight credit hours in one of the following ways:

  • Eight credit hours of a single foreign language.
  • Four credit hours of a foreign language and four credit hours from an international or national cross-cultural study tour approved by the School of Education.

See Foreign Language Requirement for equivalencies, AP and CLEP credit policy.

II.

Prerequisite Courses

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PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
*PSYC 301 Child Development

One of the following math courses:

‡MATH 141 College Algebra, LE (4)
EDUC 220 Math for Early Childhood and Elementary Teachers I (3)

*Note: With Dean and/or program chair approval, prerequisite psychology courses at the 200-level may be transferred from other institutions. Psychology courses completed within the previous ten-year period will be considered for transfer.

‡ or higher level equivalent

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Required Courses

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EDUC 302 Foundations of Education
EDUC 303 Teaching with Technology
EDUC 315 Learning Theory
EDUC 320**Education in a Diverse Society
EDUC 341* Language Arts Methods
EDUC 343* Reading Foundations I
EDUC 354 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties
EDUC 360 SPED Portfolio Development
EDUC 368* Math Methods for K–8 Teachers
EDUC 418 Special Education Student Teaching Seminar
EDUC 490 Special Education Student Teaching
SPED 303 Roles of the Special Educator
SPED 308* Assessment
SPED 335* Special Education Methods I
SPED 340* Special Education Methods II
SPED 385* Behavior management
* Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.

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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION MAJOR

74–75

Completion of an approved teaching major and academic or teaching minor or composite teaching major is required (see individual program listings for details).

**EDUC 320 is not required with an ESL minor

The following classes are recommended but not required.

EDUC 345 Reading in the Content Area (2)
EDUC 351 Reading Foundations II (3)

Mild/Moderate Special Education Endorsement Program Requirements

(1) Admission to the Early Childhood, Elementary, or Secondary teacher preparation programs, or (2) admission to the Master of Education program with a basic/standard teaching certificate.

Completion of the following courses for endorsement (may be taken at the undergraduate numbered in the 300s or graduate level numbered in the 500s).

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

24

SPED 303/503 Roles of the Special Educator
SPED 308/508 Principles and Application of Special Education Assessment
SPED 335/535 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for K–6 Special Education I
SPED 340/540 Methods of Instruction and Curriculum for 7–12 Special Education II
SPED 385/585 Behavioral Supports in Special Education
SPED 390/590 Student Teaching in Special Education

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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM

24