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Bachelor of Science In Education/Special Education

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Bachelor of Science In Education/Special Education

The IU South Bend School of Education offers a P-12 Bachelor of Science (BS) Education with a major in Special Education in Mild Intervention. The special education program is designed to prepare teacher education candidates to work with students with special needs who participate in the general education setting and/or special education setting. The program emphasizes the knowledge, dispositions, and skills required of special education teachers, and incorporates the performance standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

This degree is designed to prepare individuals seeking initial licensure in mild intervention and for careers teaching children with disabilities in P-12. The professional education sequence of educational programs include coursework in professional education and pedagogy, which includes a curriculum based on practice experience, and a curriculum based on scientifically-based reading instruction, differentiation of instruction and teaching methods, cultural competency, instructional technology, classroom and behavioral management, curriculum development, and the psychology of child development.

Elementary education and secondary education teacher candidates can simultaneously work toward special education licensure in developmental levels (K-6; 5-12 grades) by completing a concentration in mild intervention.

Programs are aligned to standards for the related Special Professional Associations (SPAs).

Academic Advising

College policy on advising requires that students meet with their academic advisors at least once each year, and in some departments, prior to each semester’s to enrollment. Advising holds are placed on all School of Education students prior to advance registration and are released following advising appointments. Students with a declared major are advised in their academic units. To determine who your advisor is and how to contact them, see One.IU.

Degree Requirements (120 cr.)
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Students receiving the Bachelor of Science in Education, Special Education must complete 120 total credit hours including:

  • EDUC-F 201 Exploring the Personal Demands of Teaching: Laboratory Experience (2 cr.); AND
    EDUC-F 202 Exploring the Personal Demands of Teaching: Field Experience (1 cr.)
    Fulfills Fundamental Literacies: Oral Communication requirement
  • MATH-M 111 Mathematics in the World
    Fulfills Fundamental Literacies: Quantitative Reasoning requirement

  • An overall GPA of 2.75 is required for admission into the Teacher Education Program (TEP).
  • Students must successfully complete EDUC-F 100, EDUC-F 201/202, EDUC-H 340, EDUC-K 205, EDUC-K 300, EDUC-M 310, EDUC-P 250, EDUC-Q 200, EDUC-W 200, and EDUC-W 310.
  • All courses are 3 cr., unless otherwise noted

Major Requirements (72 cr.)
  • COAS-Q 110 Introduction to Information Literacy (1 cr.)
  • EDUC-E 333 Inquiry in Mathematics and Science
  • EDUC-E 335 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC-E 370 Language Arts and Reading I
  • EDUC-F 100 Introduction to Teaching (1 cr.)
  • EDUC-K 205 Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • EDUC-K 300 Developmental Characteristics of Exceptional Individuals
  • EDUC-K 305 Teaching the Exceptional Learner in the Elementary School
  • EDUC-K 306 Teaching Students with Special Needs in Secondary Classrooms
  • EDUC-K 343 Education of the Socially and Emotionally Disturbed
  • EDUC-K 345 Academic and Behavioral Assessment of the Mildly Handicapped Child
  • EDUC-K 362 Team Approaches to the Education of Students with Disabilities
  • EDUC-K 370 Introduction to Language and Learning Disorders
  • EDUC-K 452 Classroom Management
  • EDUC-K 480 Student Teaching in Special Education (5 cr.)
    Course taken 2 times
  • EDUC-M 301 Laboratory/Field Experience (2 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 310 General Methods
  • EDUC-M 359 Health and Wellness for Teachers (2 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 401 Laboratory/Field Experience (2 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 420 Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 464 Methods of Teaching Reading
  • EDUC-Q 200 Introduction to Scientific Inquiry
  • EDUC-W 310 Integrating Technology K-12

Concentration Requirements (9 cr.)

Special education candidates are expected to complete courses leading to a concentration. Currently, candidates can complete a concentration/minor in Early Childhood Education.

Early Childhood (with Certification)  9 cr
(18 cr. with 9 cr. fulfilled by Major Requirements)
  • EDUC-E 317 Practicum in Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC-E 327 Social Studies Methods and the Family: Focus on Young Children
  • EDUC-E 330 Infant Learning Environments; AND
    EDUC-M 101 Laboratory/Field Experience (0 cr.)

Free Electives (6 cr.)

Students are required to take 6 credit hours depending on concentration taken.

Academic Bulletins

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2023-2024 Campus Bulletin
2022-2023 Campus Bulletin
2021-2022 Campus Bulletin
2020-2021 Campus Bulletin
2019-2020 Campus Bulletin
2018-2019 Campus Bulletin
2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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