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Special Education

Teachers fulfill unique needs in the lives and development of our younger citizens; for children whose needs go beyond what is usually available in the classroom, the teacher is even more crucial. Students can have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. Teachers make sure that lessons and teaching strategies are changed to meet individual needs. If you have a desire to experience this rewarding challenge, a career in special education can lead to numerous employment opportunities. At MTSU, you can take the important first steps by choosing to major in Special Education in the Department of Elementary and Special Education. The program covers grades K-12 and includes meeting Tennessee requirements for licensure.

Respected teachers guided her life decisions

Rachel Ray knew before she came to MTSU that she wanted to study special education. “My high school had a peer buddy program similar to the one at MTSU. During my free periods, I would go to a child development class and work with teachers and students. I grew to love and feel passionate about every part of the class I was allowed to participate in,” Rachel says. Graduating in May 2013 with a major in Special Education—comprehensive, severe to profound disabilities, Rachel is teaching at Youth Village Center for Boys in Bartlett. She attributes “getting the best” out of her education to Dr. Tom Black. Not only did his classes focus on practical knowledge, but “he also did something that many professors do not—shared his own experiences,” Rachel says. She also praises the value of experiences gained from Best Buddies, a volunteer organization that pairs a child with special needs with a community buddy, and the Rutherford County Schools’ Transition Academy, a program involving communication skills and job training for public school students ages 18-22.

Heart for special education grows stronger at MTSU

<span>Working as a special needs teacher’s assistant led Terry Marie Kilgallon, who lives in Spring Hill, to her life’s work. “I&nbsp;</span>experienced an epiphany on the very first day. The seed was planted in my heart to dedicate the rest of my working years to students with special needs,” Kilgallon remembers, adding that the seed took root when she returned to college some 18 months later. Teachers such as Dr. Jim Calder, whose high expectations in the classroom were “sprinkled with a passion that inspired,” cultivated that seed and strengthened her determination to be a special education teacher. Terry Marie graduated in May 2013 with a major in Special Education—modified, K-12. She is a middle school resource teacher where she takes a lead role in an anti-bullying program. She hopes eventually to return to college to pursue a master’s degree focusing on literacy skills.

Individuals trained to teach bring a desirable range of expertise and creativity to planning and administrative roles. Graduates completing their teacher preparation at MTSU are found in public and private school classrooms throughout Tennessee and in many other states. In addition to classroom teaching, other career options include

  • Agency and administrative work
  • Community and foundation work
  • Consulting, professional development, and teacher training
  • Education marketing and research
  • Education policy development
  • Higher education teaching and administration
  • Job coaching
  • Mental health agency work
  • Private tutoring

Educators who studied at MTSU are employed in a variety of settings that include the Tennessee Department of Education and other state agencies, community colleges and universities, Head Start programs, and tutoring services. Graduates are employed in public and private schools and school districts throughout the country as well as in Tennessee.  

Among the employers of MTSU alumni are

  • Anderson County Schools
  • Bedford County Schools
  • Cannon County Schools
  • Carroll County Schools
  • Cheatham Co Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Collierville Christian Academy
  • Crockett County Schools
  • Cumberland County Schools
  • DeKalb County Schools
  • Dickson County Schools
  • Dyer County Schools
  • Fayette County Schools
  • Fayetteville City Schools
  • Franklin Special School District
  • Giles County Schools
  • Grundy County Schools
  • Hamilton County Schools
  • Hardeman County Schools
  • Hickman County Schools
  • Kids Connection
  • Knox County Schools
  • Lawrence County Schools
  • Lebanon Special School District
  • Lewis County Schools
  • Lincoln County Schools
  • Macon County Schools
  • Madison County Schools
  • Manchester City Schools
  • Marion County Schools
  • Marshall County Schools
  • Maury County Schools
  • McNairy County Schools
  • Memphis and Shelby County Schools
  • Metro Action Commission, Nashville
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
  • Middle Tennessee Christian School, Murfreesboro
  • Montgomery County Schools
  • Moore County Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Perry County Schools
  • Providence Christian Academy, Murfreesboro
  • Robertson County Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sequatchie County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • The Webb School, Bell Buckle
  • Trousdale County Schools
  • Tullahoma City Schools,
  • Warren County Schools
  • Wayne County Schools
  • White County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools
  • Youth Village Center for Boys

Students willing to work with a broad spectrum of abilities will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Special Education, choosing between the modified program, K-12 (for individuals with mild/moderate disabilities), or comprehensive program, K-12 (for individuals with severe/profound disabilities).

Click here for a checklist with more information. For more information about admission to the Teacher Education Program, go to Ready2Teach.

An undergraduate minor in Special Education is available.

Other programs in the department

Undergraduate
Other undergraduate majors offered in the Department of Elementary and Special Education and leading to a B.S. include Early Childhood Education (grades Prek-3) and Interdisciplinary Studies with a choice of teaching levels of grades K–6 or 4–8.

Students wishing to teach in secondary schools must complete a major in the subject they wish to teach and a minor in Secondary Education in the Womack Department of Educational Leadership. Directed teaching and applying for and receiving teacher licensure complete the preparation process.

Graduate
Graduate degrees available through the Department of Elementary and Special Education include the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with majors in Special Education with three concentrations: Mildly/Moderately Disabled, Preschool Disabled, and Severely/Profoundly Disabled; in Curriculum and Instruction with three concentrations: Early Childhood,Elementary School Education (also Elementary School Education, Inclusion Education Specialist), and Middle School Education; and in Literacy.

An M.Ed. also is offered with a major in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts.

Graduate minors are offered in Special Education, Reading, and Curriculum and Instruction.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Literacy Studies and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Assessment, Learning, and School Improvement are available in the College of Education.

Special Education (Comprehensive) Special Education (Modified) 


Special Education (Comprehensive), B.S.

Department of Elementary and Special Education
615-898-2680
Tom Black, program coordinator
Tom.Black@mtsu.edu

The major in Special Education requires 120 semester hours including courses which satisfy the General Education requirements. It is designed to prepare teachers in special education and will meet the Tennessee requirements for licensure in Special Education Comprehensive Program, K-12 (for individuals with severe/profound disabilities). A grade of "C" is required.

Recommended Curriculum: Special Education (Comprehensive)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • EESE 1010 - Overview of Education

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using field experience and problem-based learning. Three contact hours per week.

  • EESE 1011 - Overview of Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Designed to build knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with teaching as a profession contained in EESE 1010. Field experiences and problem-based learning to enhance and support the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with this class. Three contact hours.

  • MATH 1410 - Concepts and Structure of Elementary School Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT of at least 19 or DSPM 0850 or COMPASS placement. Algebra-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Tools for problem solving, set theory, functions, number theory, and examinations of number systems from counting numbers to irrational numbers.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

 

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.)

OR

  • GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science  3 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: GEOL 1031. The earth and its relationship to its space and environment emphasized. Forces and processes which combine to mold the face of the earth and its atmosphere, as well as the internal constitution of the earth. Three hours lecture. Together, GEOL 1030 and GEOL 1031 satisfy 4 hours of the Natural Sciences portion of the General Education requirement.

  • MATH 1010 - Mathematics for General Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT of at least 19 or DSPM 0850 or COMPASS placement. Course satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement and is also part of the mathematics sequence for students preparing to become elementary school teachers. Topics include logic, sets, algebraic reasoning, probability, statistics, and consumer mathematics.

  • MATH 1710 - College Algebra  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1710 - College Algebra

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DSPM 0850 or two years of high school algebra; a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or COMPASS placement. Course satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement. Topics include functions--linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic; analysis of graphs; linear systems; inequalities; counting principles; and probability. Graphing calculator required. Course may be taken by correspondence. Not open to those who have had MATH 1730.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

 

  • MATH 1420 - Informal Geometry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH 1410. Geometry-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Studies of plane, solid, coordinate, and motion geometry as well as constructions, congruence, similarity, and concepts of measurement. A variety of instructional technology tools investigated.

  • BIOL 3000 - Life Science for Elementary Teachers

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 8 hours of science including BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or equivalent. A process-oriented approach to the study of life with emphasis on execution and analysis of activities and experiments suited to the elementary school classroom. Six hours lecture and laboratory. (May not be used for Biology majors or minors.)

  • CDIS 3250 - Speech and Language Development

    3 credit hours

    Child speech and language acquisition from birth through the early school years. Emphasizes normal linguistic development.

  • ELED 3300 - Digital Learning in the Elementary Classroom, K-8

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program. Develops an understanding of the digital landscape and implications for the future of education. Explores the characteristics of a digital learner and how teaching strategies can be enhanced to support their learning experiences.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Diverse Learners

    3 credit hours

    A study of learners with disabilities as they deviate from the norm in physical, emotional, cognitive, or social characteristics. Includes meeting the needs of these learners through differentiated instruction in the least restrictive environment. (Required of all individuals who major or minor in education for state licensure.)

 

 Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • ELED 3150 - Mathematics Methodology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; MATH 1010, MATH 1530, MATH 1630, MATH 1710, MATH 1720, MATH 1730, MATH 1810, or MATH 1910; MATH 1410 and MATH 1420. Offers preparation to pre-service elementary and middle school teachers for teaching mathematics.

  • GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography

    3 credit hours

    Required for all Global Studies and Cultural Geography majors and Cultural Geography minors. Examines world regions using the geographical perspective, identifying the main physical and cultural features, especially through the use of maps.

  • HLTH 3300 - First Aid and Safety Education

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHED 3300.) Deals with first aid measures, accident prevention, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Addresses issues related to drug use/abuse and related acts of violence. Satisfactory completion of the course qualifies the student for Emergency Care and Safety Institute Standard First Aid and CPR certificates.

  • READ 4015 - Language and Literacy, K-6

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching reading and writing in the elementary school.

  • SPED 4000 - Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program or permission of the department. Opportunity for classroom teachers to better meet the needs of struggling readers in a variety of settings.

  • SPED 4120 - Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education (Comprehensive)

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; SPED 3010 and SPED 3440. Development of skills in planning and implementing programs for learners with low incidence disabilities including techniques and strategies in practical applications.

  • SPED 4280 - Assistive Technology in Special Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SPED 3010, SPED 3430 or SPED 3440, and admission to teacher education program or permission of department. Technology--low tech and high--and how it applies to the needs of school-aged learners with disabilities. Assessing and supporting these needs through the delivery of assistive technology.

  • SPED 4380 - Collaboration and Consultation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SPED 3010 and SPED 3430 or SPED 3440; admission to teacher education program. Examines ways the special educator/consultant interacts with general educators, educational systems, communities, families, and learners to create appropriate educational services for exceptional learners. Examines group processes, human behavior related to interaction, and the provision of skills and knowledge critical to effective collaboration and consultation with others about the education of learners with special needs.

  • SPED 4720 - Promoting Family-Professional Partnerships in Special Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SPED 3010 and SPED 3440 or SPED 3430. Understanding the concerns and needs of parents and care providers of children who have special needs. Presents strategies and techniques for professionals to work effectively and in collaboration with parents and care providers.

Subtotal: 33 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • SPED 4140 - Techniques and Strategies for Instruction in Special Education (Comprehensive)

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education; SPED 3010, SPED 3440, and SPED 4120. A practical application of techniques and strategies for teaching learners with low incidence disabilities. Includes teaching technique, theories and approaches, data collection, and environmental management.

  • SPED 4220 - Residency I, Special Education - Comprehensive License

    5 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program, ELED 3150, READ 4015, SPED 4120, SPED 4160, SPED 4380, and SPED 4140. Participation in the self-contained or inclusive classroom setting with students with severe disabilities. Weekly seminar attendance and participation required.

  • SPED 4240 - Methods and Techniques of Behavior Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education; SPED 3010, SPED 3430, and SPED 3440. An overview of various approaches to behavior management and their application in a variety of environments.

  • SPED 4910 - Developmental Assessment

    3 credit hours

     Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program. A study of evaluative and diagnostic instruments and procedures used with Learners with Multiple Disabilities.

Subtotal: 26 Hours

 

Total hours in program: 120

 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Special Education (Comprehensive), B.S., Academic Map  


Special Education (Modified), B.S.

Department of Elementary and Special Education
615-898-2680
Tom Black, program coordinator
Tom.Black@mtsu.edu

The major in Special Education requires 120 semester hours including courses which satisfy the General Education requirements. It is designed to prepare teachers in special education and will meet the Tennessee requirements for licensure in Special Education in the Modified Program, K-12 (for individuals with mild/moderate disabilities). A grade of "C" is required.

Recommended Curriculum: Special Education (Modified)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories. 

Freshman

 

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • EESE 1010 - Overview of Education

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using field experience and problem-based learning. Three contact hours per week.

  • EESE 1011 - Overview of Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Designed to build knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with teaching as a profession contained in EESE 1010. Field experiences and problem-based learning to enhance and support the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with this class. Three contact hours.

  • MATH 1410 - Concepts and Structure of Elementary School Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT of at least 19 or DSPM 0850 or COMPASS placement. Algebra-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Tools for problem solving, set theory, functions, number theory, and examinations of number systems from counting numbers to irrational numbers.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours

 

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.)

OR

  • GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: GEOL 1031. The earth and its relationship to its space and environment emphasized. Forces and processes which combine to mold the face of the earth and its atmosphere, as well as the internal constitution of the earth. Three hours lecture. Together, GEOL 1030 and GEOL 1031 satisfy 4 hours of the Natural Sciences portion of the General Education requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

 

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • MATH 1420 - Informal Geometry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH 1410. Geometry-based study of school mathematics in keeping with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Studies of plane, solid, coordinate, and motion geometry as well as constructions, congruence, similarity, and concepts of measurement. A variety of instructional technology tools investigated.

  • BIOL 3000 - Life Science for Elementary Teachers

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 8 hours of science including BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or equivalent. A process-oriented approach to the study of life with emphasis on execution and analysis of activities and experiments suited to the elementary school classroom. Six hours lecture and laboratory. (May not be used for Biology majors or minors.)

  • ELED 3300 - Digital Learning in the Elementary Classroom, K-8

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program. Develops an understanding of the digital landscape and implications for the future of education. Explores the characteristics of a digital learner and how teaching strategies can be enhanced to support their learning experiences.

  • GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography

    3 credit hours

    Required for all Global Studies and Cultural Geography majors and Cultural Geography minors. Examines world regions using the geographical perspective, identifying the main physical and cultural features, especially through the use of maps.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Diverse Learners

    3 credit hours

    A study of learners with disabilities as they deviate from the norm in physical, emotional, cognitive, or social characteristics. Includes meeting the needs of these learners through differentiated instruction in the least restrictive environment. (Required of all individuals who major or minor in education for state licensure.)

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • CDIS 3250 - Speech and Language Development

    3 credit hours

    Child speech and language acquisition from birth through the early school years. Emphasizes normal linguistic development.

  • ELED 3150 - Mathematics Methodology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; MATH 1010, MATH 1530, MATH 1630, MATH 1710, MATH 1720, MATH 1730, MATH 1810, or MATH 1910; MATH 1410 and MATH 1420. Offers preparation to pre-service elementary and middle school teachers for teaching mathematics.

  • READ 4015 - Language and Literacy, K-6

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching reading and writing in the elementary school.

  • SPED 4000 - Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program or permission of the department. Opportunity for classroom teachers to better meet the needs of struggling readers in a variety of settings.

  • SPED 4170 - Strategic Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education (Modified)

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; SPED 3010 and SPED 3430. Learning strategies instruction and the use of content enhancement routines in inclusive settings with diverse learning populations. Includes metacognitive strategies, development, and application of strategic instruction.

  • SPED 4250 - Education in the Affective Domain

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program or permission of department; SPED 3010 and SPED 3430. Origins of emotional/social problems in learners with disabilities and strategies for promoting positive social/emotional outcomes for these learners in schools.

  • SPED 4280 - Assistive Technology in Special Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SPED 3010, SPED 3430 or SPED 3440, and admission to teacher education program or permission of department. Technology--low tech and high--and how it applies to the needs of school-aged learners with disabilities. Assessing and supporting these needs through the delivery of assistive technology.

  • SPED 4380 - Collaboration and Consultation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SPED 3010 and SPED 3430 or SPED 3440; admission to teacher education program. Examines ways the special educator/consultant interacts with general educators, educational systems, communities, families, and learners to create appropriate educational services for exceptional learners. Examines group processes, human behavior related to interaction, and the provision of skills and knowledge critical to effective collaboration and consultation with others about the education of learners with special needs.

  • SPED 4720 - Promoting Family-Professional Partnerships in Special Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: SPED 3010 and SPED 3440 or SPED 3430. Understanding the concerns and needs of parents and care providers of children who have special needs. Presents strategies and techniques for professionals to work effectively and in collaboration with parents and care providers.

Subtotal: 33 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • SPED 4150 - Techniques, Methods, and Materials in Special Education (Modified)

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education; SPED 3010 and SPED 3430. The practical application of special education techniques and methods for teaching learners with low incidence disabilities. Includes curriculum planning, methods and materials, data collection, and environmental management for learners with low incidence disabilities.

  • SPED 4160 - Educational Assessment of Exceptional Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Selection and administration of standardized tests and subtests for the specific purpose of planning an effective instructional program. Includes information gathering techniques, evaluation of this information in selection of tests, and interpretation of information and test scores.

  • SPED 4210 - Residency I, Special Education - Modified License

    5 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education, ELED 3150, READ 4015, SPED 4160, SPED 4380, SPED 4150, and SPED 4250. Participation in the resource room or inclusive classroom setting with students with mild disabilities. Weekly seminar attendance and participation required.

  • SPED 4240 - Methods and Techniques of Behavior Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education; SPED 3010, SPED 3430, and SPED 3440. An overview of various approaches to behavior management and their application in a variety of environments.

Subtotal: 26 Hours

 

Total hours in program: 120

 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Special Education (Modified), B.S., Academic Map  

Dr. Thomas Black
Assistant Professor
tom.black@mtsu.edu

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Dr. Amy Childre
Department Chair
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Dr. Lesley Craig-Unkefer
Professor
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Dr. Zafrullah Khan
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Dr. Craig Rice
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Special Education

SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Diverse Learners
3 credit hours

A study of learners with disabilities as they deviate from the norm in physical, emotional, cognitive, or social characteristics. Includes meeting the needs of these learners through differentiated instruction in the least restrictive environment. (Required of all individuals who major or minor in education for state licensure.)

SPED 3430 - Characteristics of High Incidence Populations (Modified
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPED 3010. In-depth study of characteristics, needs, and etiology of learners with high incidence disabilities in appropriate classroom settings.

SPED 3440 - Characteristics of Low Incidence Populations (Comprehen
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPED 3010. In-depth study of characteristics, needs, and etiology of learners with low incidence disabilities in appropriate classroom settings.

SPED 4000 - Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program or permission of the department. Opportunity for classroom teachers to better meet the needs of struggling readers in a variety of settings.

SPED 4120 - Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Educatio
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; SPED 3010 and SPED 3440. Development of skills in planning and implementing programs for learners with low incidence disabilities including techniques and strategies in practical applications.

SPED 4140 - Techniques and Strategies for Instruction in Special Ed
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education; SPED 3010, SPED 3440, and SPED 4120. A practical application of techniques and strategies for teaching learners with low incidence disabilities. Includes teaching technique, theories and approaches, data collection, and environmental management.

SPED 4150 - Techniques, Methods, and Materials in Special Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education; SPED 3010 and SPED 3430. The practical application of special education techniques and methods for teaching learners with low incidence disabilities. Includes curriculum planning, methods and materials, data collection, and environmental management for learners with low incidence disabilities.

SPED 4160 - Educational Assessment of Exceptional Learners
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Selection and administration of standardized tests and subtests for the specific purpose of planning an effective instructional program. Includes information gathering techniques, evaluation of this information in selection of tests, and interpretation of information and test scores.

SPED 4170 - Strategic Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; SPED 3010 and SPED 3430. Learning strategies instruction and the use of content enhancement routines in inclusive settings with diverse learning populations. Includes metacognitive strategies, development, and application of strategic instruction.

SPED 4210 - Residency I, Special Education - Modified License
5 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education, ELED 3150, READ 4015, SPED 4160, SPED 4380, SPED 4150, and SPED 4250. Participation in the resource room or inclusive classroom setting with students with mild disabilities. Weekly seminar attendance and participation required.

SPED 4220 - Residency I, Special Education - Comprehensive License
5 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program, ELED 3150, READ 4015, SPED 4120, SPED 4160, SPED 4380, and SPED 4140. Participation in the self-contained or inclusive classroom setting with students with severe disabilities. Weekly seminar attendance and participation required.

SPED 4240 - Methods and Techniques of Behavior Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education; SPED 3010, SPED 3430, and SPED 3440. An overview of various approaches to behavior management and their application in a variety of environments.

SPED 4250 - Education in the Affective Domain
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program or permission of department; SPED 3010 and SPED 3430. Origins of emotional/social problems in learners with disabilities and strategies for promoting positive social/emotional outcomes for these learners in schools.

SPED 4260 - Problems in Special Education
1 to 3 credit hours

A problem-oriented course, on or off campus, planned and designed for individuals, a school faculty, school system, or other professional groups. Will provide opportunities for pre-or in-service education related to assessed needs.

SPED 4280 - Assistive Technology in Special Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SPED 3010, SPED 3430 or SPED 3440, and admission to teacher education program or permission of department. Technology--low tech and high--and how it applies to the needs of school-aged learners with disabilities. Assessing and supporting these needs through the delivery of assistive technology.

SPED 4320 - Residency II, Special Education-Comprehensive License
12 credit hours

Full-day supervised teaching experience of 15 weeks duration in a public school setting. Pass/Fail.

SPED 4350 - Residency II, Special Education-Modified License
12 credit hours

Full-day supervised teaching experience of 15 weeks duration in a public school setting. Pass/Fail.

SPED 4360 - Directed Teaching in Special Education (Speech and Hear
12 credit hours

Full-day supervised teaching experience of 15 weeks duration in a public school setting. Pass/Fail.

SPED 4380 - Collaboration and Consultation
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SPED 3010 and SPED 3430 or SPED 3440; admission to teacher education program. Examines ways the special educator/consultant interacts with general educators, educational systems, communities, families, and learners to create appropriate educational services for exceptional learners. Examines group processes, human behavior related to interaction, and the provision of skills and knowledge critical to effective collaboration and consultation with others about the education of learners with special needs.

SPED 4510 - Teaching Internship, Special Education
9 credit hours

Supervised teaching available only for those with at least one year of paid teaching experience in the major in which endorsement is sought. Applicants must meet all prerequisites for student teaching in Special Education. Pass/Fail.

SPED 4720 - Promoting Family-Professional Partnerships in Special E
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: SPED 3010 and SPED 3440 or SPED 3430. Understanding the concerns and needs of parents and care providers of children who have special needs. Presents strategies and techniques for professionals to work effectively and in collaboration with parents and care providers.

SPED 4910 - Developmental Assessment
3 credit hours

 Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program. A study of evaluative and diagnostic instruments and procedures used with Learners with Multiple Disabilities.

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