Special Education K-12, B.S.

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree, and this program requires a 2.7 cumulative GPA for graduation.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: https://www.southernct.edu/academics/special-education/programs.

This is an educator preparation program in the State of Connecticut with additional admission requirements (see Admissions>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs). Candidates recommended for certification must also meet any additional Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) requirements (see Degree Requirements>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs) in effect on the date CSDE receives the certification application.


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.

Special Education Requirements (32 Credits)
Students must maintain a ‘B’ (3.0) average in all Special Education courses with no grade less than ‘C’.
SED 225 – Introduction to Exceptionalities
SED 235 – Early Childhood Sp. Ed. for the Excep. Individual
SED 325 – Curriculum and Methods for Excep. Individuals
SED 335 – Accommodating Individuals with Physical Disabilities and other Health Impairments
SED 355 – Educating Ind. w/Moderate & Severe Disabilities
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
SED 449 – From Theory to Practice: A School Based Experience in Special Education
SED 452 – Seminar in Reflective Practice

Education Requirements (28.5 Credits)
EDU 307 –  Children’s Literature and Literacy
EDU 317 –  Science Education in the Elementary School
EDU 300 –  Student Teaching I 
EDU 322 –  Family, School, and Community Partnerships ('C' or better) 
EDU 407 – Developing Literacies
EDU 400 –  Student Teaching II
EDU 424 – Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
EDU 471 –  Supporting English Learners for School Success


EDU 200 – Teachers, Schools, and Society (‘C’ or better) (T2CC)
HIS 110 – United States History to 1877  OR
   HIS 111 – United States History from 1877 to the present (T2AE)
MAT 105 –  Mathematics for Elementary Education I
MAT 106 – Mathematics for Elementary Education II (T1QR)
PSY 100 –  Introduction to Psychology
PSY 210 –  Infant and Child Development
PSY 370 –  Educational Psychology
SHE 203 –  School Health (T2MB)