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Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities
Grades K-12 and adults up to age 22


Graduates are future leaders who work with students who have serious disabilities. As teachers, they create individualized plans for each student. They will gain the skills to manage classrooms and behaviors and use data to make decisions. Candidates get real-life experience so they can practice what they learned in class.


Pre-Major in Special Education (31 credit hours)

Number Course Name Credits Term

EDU 1010

Introduction to Teaching

3 Contact Department

SP ED 2010

Human Exceptionality

3 Fall, Spring, Summer

SP ED 3020

Special Education Globalization and International Perspectives 

3 Fall, Spring

ECS 2150

Introduction to Multicultural Education 

3 Contact Department

FCS 2180

Home, School, and Community Relations

3 Contact Department

ED PS 2030

Research and Inquiry in Education (Social/Behavioral Science Exploration)

3 Contact Department

ED PS 2140

Using Technology in Diverse Classrooms

3 Contact Department

Choose One

ETHNC 2580

Asian Pacific American Experience

3 Contact Department

ETHNC 3365

Ethnic Minorities in America

3 Contact Department

ETHNC 2550

African American Experiences

3 Contact Department

ETHNC 2560

Chicana/o Experiences

3 Contact Department

ETHNC 2570

American Indian Experiences

3 Contact Department

Choose One

EDU 5300

Integrating Art Curriculum in K-6 Urban Classrooms

3 Contact Department

FCS 2640

Integrating Curriculum Methods

3 Contact Department

Choose a Math Sequence Option

Sequence I (preferred)

MATH 1010

Intermediate Algebra

3 Contact Department

MATH 4010

Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I (Quantitative Intensive)

3 Contact Department

MATH 2000

Algebraic Reasoning

3 Contact Department

Sequence II

MATH 1010

Intermediate Algebra

3 Contact Department

MATH 1050

College Algebra

3 Contact Department

MATH 4010

Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I (Quantitative Intensive)

3 Contact Department

Teacher Education Core (32 credit hours)

Number Course Name Credits Term

SP ED 5054

Professional Writing in Education

2 Fall, Spring, Summer

SP ED 5021

Principles of Assessment and Data-Based Decision Making

3 Fall, Spring, Summer

SP ED 5022

Principles of Instruction & Behavior Support

3 Fall, Spring, Summer

SP ED 5030

Functional Communication and Language Development

3 Summer

SP ED 5040

Legal & Policy Foundations of Special Education

3 Spring, Summer

ED PS 5315

Reading Methods I: K-6

Upper Division Communication and Writing

May be taken prior to or concurrently with EDU 5314 or EDU 5316

3 Contact Department

EDU 5316

Reading Practicum K-3: Next Steps

May be taken after or concurrently with ED PS 5315

1 Contact Department

ED PS 5321

Reading Methods II: K-6

Upper Division Communication and Writing

Pre-requisite ED PS 5315 – May be taken prior to or concurrently with EDU 5321

3 Contact Department

EDU 5321

Reading Practicum 4-6: Higher Steps

May be taken after or concurrently with ED PS 5321

1 Contact Department

ED PS 5005

Writing Instruction and Assessment: K-6

Upper Division Communication and Writing

3 Contact Department

MATH 4020

Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II

4 Contact Department

Choose One

SP ED 2011

Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms

3 Spring

SP ED 2012

Teaching Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Secondary Classrooms

3 Ask Advisor

Specialization in Severe Disabilities (32 credit hours)

Number Course Name Credits Term

Taken Concurrently

SP ED 5221

Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Severe Disabilities I

3 Fall

SP ED 5230

Behavioral Support Planning for Students with Severe Disabilities

3 Fall

SP ED 5240

Field Experience: Students with Severe Disabilities

7 Fall

SP ED 5250

Managing Learning Environments for Students with Severe Disabilities

1 Fall

Taken Concurrently

SP ED 5210

Service Delivery Models for Students with Severe Disabilities

2 Spring

SP ED 5222

Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Severe Disabilities II

3 Spring

SP ED 5260

Transdisciplinary Approaches for Students with Severe Disabilities

3 Spring

SP ED 5300

Student Teaching: Students with Severe Disabilities

10 Spring

University General Education and Bachelor Degree Requirement Selected by the Student (33 credit hours)

Course Name Credits

Quantitative Reasoning

6

Humanities Exploration

3

Fine Arts Exploration

6

Physical/Life Science Exploration

6

Social/Behavioral Science Exploration

Recommended: FCS 1500, 2570, 3215 or PSY 1220 (Each recommended course is 3 credit hours)

6
(Total)

Writing

3

American Institutions

3
Last Updated: 5/31/23