Special Education

Program Requirements

Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science

Advanced Placement Opportunities:
Certain general education requirements of the University may be fulfilled with credit by examination. However, no courses in professional or special education may be replaced by credit by examination.

  1. General education requirements for baccalaureate degree.
  2. Complete the pre-professional courses (EDU 213, EDU 214, SPE 229, and ELE 240 or their graduate-level equivalents) with a grade of "C" or better.
  3. Field Experiences (EDU 290, 291, 390, 391).
  4. 50 hours in special education as follows: SPE 229, 235, 239, 240, 310, 315, 316, 317, 323, 450, 451, 453, 465, 468, 469, 499, and either 359/360 or 459/460, or 318.
  5. MAT 110 and 111 Basic Math Concepts I & II or MAT 124 with a "C" or better; COM 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking; PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology; one course in Health and Physical Education (PED 265 Health and Wellness); American History, 3 hours; U.S. Government, 3 hours; a total of 7 hours in Science, 3 hours of Global Studies.
  6. Successful completion of student teaching in EDU/ELE 498 and Seminar SPE 499. (Students who plan to teach in Missouri should see the Dean of Education for Missouri requirements.)
  7. ENG 111-112 Composition & Texts I & II completed with a grade of "C" or better, or the demonstrated equivalent competency.
  8. Demonstrate professional disposition in coursework and field experiences.


Program Requirements: Dual Certification — Elementary/Special Education:
A dual certification option enables a declared elementary education major or a declared special education major to seek certification in both elementary and special education. This combination will necessarily increase the program length of the current standard elementary education major from 124 to approximately 135-140 semester hours and lengthen the current special education major approximately 5-10 semester hours; however, the combination will significantly enhance preparation, employment opportunities, and employment flexibility for elementary and special education majors. Specific program planning and guidance sheets for this combination will be available to assist students who pursue this combined certification option.

Requirements for a Minor in Special Education:
Illinois State Standards require knowledge and skill in the area of special education. This minor does not lead to Special Education Certification. Eighteen (18) hours are required for a special education minor. SPE 229, 239, 310, 465, and 6 additional credit hours in special education.

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