2009-2010 Special Education License Program (SPED)

Admission | Major | Endorsement | Course Descriptions

Objectives

This program leads to a state license in Special Education of students with mild to moderate disabilities. The program may be taken as an undergraduate major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, as an 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 the Graduate Academic 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 courses, which fulfill the LE requirement, are required for the Special 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
. Special e ducation 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.
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II. Prerequisite Courses 11-12
. 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 K-6 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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III. Required Courses 57
. EDUC 302 Foundations of Education
EDUC 303 Teaching with Technology
EDUC 315 Learning Theory
EDUC 319**Educating Students from Diverse Backgrounds
EDUC 341* Language Arts Methods
EDUC 343* Literacy Methods for K–6 Teachers
EDUC 351 Early Literacy Assessment and Intervention
EDUC 360 SPED Portfolio Development
EDUC 368* Math Methods for K–8 Teachers
EDUC 418 Special Education Student Teaching Seminar
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
SPED 390 Special Education Student Teaching
* Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.
**EDUC 319 is not required for students who are completing an ESL minor
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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION MAJOR 76-77
Completion of an approved academic or teaching minor is required (see individual program listings for details).

Recommended Plan of Study for Special Education

First Three
Semesters

LE and prerequisite courses
PSYC 105 (LE)
PSYC 301
EDUC 319
EDUC 220 or MATH 141
SPED 303
Most remaining LE courses beyond those listed above
Begin minor and foreign language courses
Fourth Semester
Foundations courses
EDUC 302
EDUC 303
Any remaining LE courses
Additional minor and foreign language courses
Fifth, Sixth and
Seventh Semesters

Methods courses
EDUC 315 SPED 308
EDUC 341 SPED 335
EDUC 343 SPED 340
EDUC 351 SPED 385
EDUC 360 EDUC 368
Remaining minor and foreign language courses
Eighth Semester
Student teaching
SPED 390
EDUC 418

Mild/Moderate Special Education Endorsement Program Requirements

Students who choose not to major in Special Education may earn an endorsement in Special Education in addition to an elementary or secondary teaching license. Requirements for the endorsement are:

(1) Admission to the 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