2010 - 2011 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 or a license in special education of students with severe 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 (MAT) 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. 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 students 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 students 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. Cultural Awareness 0-4
. While the themes of diversity and cultural awareness run throughout the program, a specific cultural awareness requirement is also included to help our students become better teachers of the diverse student populations in Utah and the U.S. This requirement may be met by successfully completing one of the following:
" Demonstrate proficiency in a second language:
  - Complete a second semester college-level language course
  - Receive a passing score on a Level 1 CLEP language exam
  - Receive a passing score on a 102-level BYU language proficiency exam
  - Provide evidence of another language as your first language
" A May term study experience approved by the School of Education
" A semester of study abroad approved by the School of Education
" Student teaching in a foreign country or other alternate placement approved by the School of Education
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II. Prerequisite Courses 11
. PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE
MATH 141 College Algebra, LE (or higher level equivalent)
EDUC 220 Math for K-6 Teachers I
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III. Required Courses 57
. EDUC 252 Developmentally Appropriate Teaching and Learning
EDUC 302 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society
EDUC 303 Teaching with Technology
EDUC 311 English Learners in All Classrooms
EDUC 363 Literacy Foundations, Assessment and Instruction
EDUC 364 Teaching Methods: Reading and Language Arts
EDUC 367 Teaching Methods: Mathematics and Science
EDUC 391 Portfolio Preparation
EDUC 418 Special Education Student Teaching Seminar
SPED 303 Roles of the Special Educator
SPED 308* Principles and Application of Special Education Assessment
SPED 377 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines
SPED 385* Behavioral Supports in Special Education
SPED 390 Special Education Student Teaching
* Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.
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IV. Methods Courses 6
. Students obtaining a license or endorsement in Mild/Moderate Special Education take:
SPED 335* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods K-6
SPED 340* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods 7-12

Students obtaining a license or endorsement in Severe Special Education take:

SPED 336* Severe Special Education Methods K-6
SPED 341* Severe Special Education Methods 7-12 * Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.


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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION MAJOR 67-71
Completion of an approved academic or teaching minor is required (see individual program listings for details).
Students must take the requisite Praxis Test before their student teaching semester.

Recommended Plan of Study for Special Education

First Three
Semesters

LE and prerequisite courses

EDUC 220
MATH 141
PSYC 105
SPED 303
Most remaining LE courses
Begin minor courses

Fourth Semester

Foundations courses

EDUC 252
EDUC 302
EDUC 303
Any remaining LE courses
Additional minor courses

Fifth, Sixth and
Seventh Semesters

Methods courses

EDUC 311 SPED 308
EDUC 363 SPED 335 or 336
EDUC 364 SPED 340 or 341
EDUC 367 SPED 377
EDUC 391 SPED 385
Remaining minor courses

Eighth Semester
Student teaching

SPED 390
EDUC 418

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. Core Courses 16
. SPED 303/503 Roles of the Special Educator
SPED 308/508* Principles and Application of Special Education Assessment
SPED 377/577 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines
SPED 385/585* Behavioral Supports in Special Education
SPED 390/590 Student Teaching in Special Education
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II. Methods Courses 6
. Students obtaining a license or endorsement in Mild/Moderate Special Education take:
SPED 335* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods K-6
SPED 340* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods 7-12

Students obtaining a license or endorsement in Severe Special Education take:

SPED 336* Severe Special Education Methods K-6
SPED 341* Severe Special Education Methods 7-12
* Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.


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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM 24