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Department of Special Education

Dr. Reid Linn, Head of theDepartment

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


Professors

Herr, Luth, E. Minskoff, J. Minskoff

Associate Professors

Kidd, Linn

Assistant Professor

Santos

The Department of Special Education offers a program designed to prepare licensed teachers endorsed to teach students with mild disabilities, specifically students with mental retardation, emotional disturbance and learning disabilities. The department also offers an extensive graduate program in the teaching of students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbance and early childhood special education.

Minor Program in Special Education

Licensure for Special
Education Teachers

The undergraduate minor in special education prepares students to educate the mildly disabled learner. Study in mental retardation, emotional disturbance and learning disabilities is included, and students are prepared to serve as teachers of the mildly disabled in self-contained classrooms or as resource teachers. The program is built on a diagnostic-prescriptive model of teaching and includes extensive field activities.

Completion of this program will lead to eligibility for Virginia teaching licensure and endorsements in mental retardation, emotional disturbance, and learning disabilities. To be recommended for teacher licensure in this program, all students must meet the following requirements:


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education            3
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development                  3
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the               3
  Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child
SPED 200. The Handicapped in Society                   3
SPED 201. Characteristics of Persons with              3
  Learning/Behavioral Disabilities
SPED 311-312. Assessing the Disabled with              3
  Field Experience
SPED 313-314. Instructional Programming for the        3
  Disabled with Field Experience
SPED 315-316. Analysis and Design of Behavioral        3
  Programs for the Disabled with Field Experience
SPED 317-318. Teaching Language Arts and               3
  Mathematics with Field Experience
SPED 319-320. Managing Classroom Behavior              3
  with Field Experience
SPED 461-462. Special Methods for Teaching             3
  Academics to the Disabled with Field Experience
SPED 463-464. Consultative Skills for Working          3
  with Schools, Community Agencies and Parents 
  with Field Experience
SPED 480. Student Teaching                            16
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Students in this program must have an adviser in the Department of Special Education, in addition to an adviser in the arts and sciences major. A grade point average of 2.5 is required for admission to 400-level courses in special education.

Transfer students must consult the head of the department to determine the appropriate catalog to follow in developing programs of study.

Student Teaching
in Special Education

Students admitted to student teaching must:

Licensure Program
in Special Education

The following program chart is intended as a guide for students seeking licensure in special education. The exact program sequence and content will be influenced by the arts and sciences major, degree requirements, and student teaching. The student must complete a program plan with the major and minor adviser to ensure that individual course prerequisites are met. Additional courses which may be necessary to meet specific degree requirements are not included in the program guide.

Graduating seniors are expected to participate in assessment activities. Assessment information is used to assist faculty in curricular modification and program development.


                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
English composition courses [1]                        6
Fine arts/aesthetics course [1]                        3
Physical education/dance course [1]                    2
Literature course [1]                                  3
Mathematics course [1]                                 3
Natural science courses [1]                            6
Oral communication course [1]                          3
Philosophy/religion course [1]                         3
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                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development [1]              3
SPED 200. The Handicapped in Society                   3
SPED 201. Characteristics of Persons with              3
  Learning/Behavioral Disabilities
History/civilization courses [1]                       6
Social science course [1]                              3
Major requirements                                    12
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                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education            3
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the               3
  Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child
SPED 311-312. Assessing the Disabled with              3
  Field Experience
SPED 313-314. Instructional Programming for            3
  the Disabled with Field Experience
SPED 315-316. Analysis and Design of                   3
  Behavioral Programs for the Disabled with 
  Field Experience
SPED 317-318. Teaching Language Arts and               3
  Mathematics with Field Experience
SPED 319-320. Managing Classroom Behavior              3
  with Field Experience
Major requirements                                    15
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                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
SPED 461-462. Special Methods for Teaching             3
  Academics to the Disabled with Field Experience
SPED 463-464. Consultative Skills for Working          3
  with Schools, Community Agencies and Parents 
  with Field Experience
SPED 480. Student Teaching                            16
Major requirements                                    12
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Notes:
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Liberal studies requirements

Non-Licensure Minor
in Special Education

The non-licensure minor program in special education is designed for students in other major fields who wish to acquire professional knowledge related to assisting individuals with disabilities, but who do not wish to pursue Virginia teaching licensure in the field. All students in this program will be assigned a faculty adviser by the head of the department. An approved program plan must be developed in coordination with the adviser.

The completion of 18 credit hours of course credit is required for the minor, including SPED 200, The Handicapped in Society, which is required of all minors.


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