Special Education/Elementary Education Collaborative, B.S.

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This program has a separate admission process. Please consult the admission requirements for this program on the School of Education page for more information.

Students who wish to become certified in special education and elementary education must have an additional academic content major in an area outside the School of Education. Students will graduate with a B.S. degree in Special Education/Elementary Education Collaborative and a second B.S. or B.A. degree in a major outside of the School of Education.

Overall GPA of 2.7 is required.
120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

45 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 – Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 106 – Mathematics for Elementary Education II

Tier 2 – American Experience (Select one):
HIS 110 – United States History I
HIS 111 – United States History II

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health

Tier 2 – Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus:
EDU 200 – Teachers, Schools, and Society (‘C’ or better)

Tier 3 - Capstone
EDU 415 - Responsive Curriculum and Assessment ('C' or better) (Formerly 311)

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.



55.5 Credits Required

Special Education Requirements

18 Credits Required
('C' or better required)

SED 225 — Introduction to Exceptionalities
SED 325 — Curriculum and Methods for Exceptional Individuals
SED 365 — Basic Principles of Academic Assess. & Remediation for Exceptional Individuals
SED 375 — Classroom Management Techniques in Educational Settings
SED 435 — Language Arts for Exceptional Individuals
SED 445 — Collaboration in the Schools

Education Requirements

37.5 Credits Required
('C' or better required)

EDU 307 — Children’s Literature and Literacy
EDU 312 — Integrated Curriculum in the Primary Classroom
EDU 316 — Child Development and Psychology for Educators
EDU 317 — Science Education in the Elementary School
EDU 407 — Developing Readers
EDU 414 — Applications of Child Development
EDU 424 — Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
EDU 450 — Student Teaching I
EDU 451 — Student Teaching II
EDU 471 – Supporting English Learners for School Success (formerly IDS 471)
IDS 449 — Theory to Practice - A School-Based Practicum
IDS 452 — Seminar in Reflective Practice


3 Credits Required

MAT 105 - Mathematics for Elementary Education I


Students must take remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).