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B.A., Special Education

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SPECIAL EDUCATION MAJOR (B.A. Degree)

Hours

Special Education is a stand-alone major with concentrations in either elementary or middle and high school areas. The following course of study along with general college requirements and applied practice is designed to meet requirements for North Carolina initial licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12). Applied practice includes early field experiences assigned as part of the professional course sequence and student teaching. A student majoring in Special Education may wish to consider dual licensure and should consult with the Department of Teacher Education for additional information.

Core Courses (Required of all Special Education Majors):
- EDUC 2000 Introduction to Teaching and Educational Technology (3)
- *EDUC 3100 Theories of Teaching and Learning (3)
- *EDUC 3101 Learning Environments and Professional Practice (3)
- PSYCH 3940 Psychology of Exceptionalities (3)
- PSYCH 3980 Behavior Modification (3)
- *EDUC 3109 Methods in Teaching Special Populations (3)
- *EDUC 4401 Critical Issues in Special Education (1)
*Permission of the Teacher Education Council required.

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Area of Concentration:
Students will select one from the following areas of concentration in addition to the Core:
- Elementary
- Middle and High School Language Arts
- Middle and High School Mathematics
- Middle and High School Science
- Middle and High School Social Studies


Elementary Concentration

  • *EDUC 3102 Elementary Methods in Literacy I (4)
  • *EDUC 3103 Elementary Methods in Literacy II (4)
  • *EDUC 3104 Elementary Methods in Science (2)
  • *EDUC 3105 Elementary Methods in Social Studies (2)
  • *EDUC 3106 Elementary Methods in Mathematics I (2)
  • *EDUC 3107 Elementary Methods in Mathematics II (2)
  • PSYCH 2340 Child Psychology (3)
  • *EDUC 3010 Integrated Arts (3)
  • ENV 1511 Conceptual Integrated Science & the Environment (3)
  • MATH 1120 Survey of Mathematics I (3)
  • MATH 1121 Survey of Mathematics II (3)
  • HIST 1201 or 1202 Survey of American History I or II (3)

    *Permission of the Teacher Education Council required.

Total: 34


Middle and High School Language Arts Concentration

  • Content in English and other language arts related courses, selected from the courses required of middle school majors or of a B.A. degree in English (21)
  •  PSYCH 2350 Adolescent Psychology (3)
  • *EDUC 3006 Language Arts Methods for Middle and Secondary Teachers (3)
  • *EDUC 3108 Multiliteracies in the Content Areas (3)

    *Permission of the Teacher Education Council required.

Total: 30


Middle and High School Mathematics Concentration

  • Content in mathematics selected from the courses required of middle school majors or of a B.A. degree in mathematics (24)
  • PSYCH 2350 Adolescent Psychology (3)
  • *EDUC 3009 Mathematics Methods for Middle and Secondary Teachers (3)
  • *EDUC 3108 Multiliteracies in the Content Areas (3)

    *Permission of the Teacher Education Council required.

Total: 33


Middle and High School Science Concentration

  • Content in science selected from the courses required of middle school majors or of a B.A./B.S. degree in natural science (24)
  • PSYCH 2350 Adolescent Psychology (3)
  • *EDUC 3008 Integrated Science and Science Methods for Middle and Secondary Teachers (3)
  • *EDUC 3108 Multiliteracies in the Content Areas (3)

    *Permission of the Teacher Education Council required.

Total: 33


Middle and High School Social Studies Concentration

  • Content in social studies selected from the courses required of middle school majors or of a B.A. degree in history or one of the social sciences (24)
  • PSYCH 2350 Adolescent Psychology (3)
  • *EDUC 3007 Social Studies Methods for Middle and Secondary Teachers (3)
  • *EDUC 3108 Multiliteracies in the Content Areas (3)

    *Permission of the Teacher Education Council required.

Total: 33


Licensure requirements

  • ONE of the following:

    • *EDUC 4010 Student Teaching: Special Education

    • *EDUC 4011 Student Teaching: Elementary Education and Special Education (dual majors)

    • *EDUC 4012 Student Teaching: Middle Grades and Special Education (dual majors)

    • *EDUC 4013 Student Teaching: Secondary Subjects and Special Education (dual majors) 

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  •  *EDUC 4500 Professional Leadership Seminar *Permission of the Teacher Education Council required.

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Criminal Background Check

All candidates must successfully complete a criminal background check before being admitted into any teacher education program. Furthermore, all candidates must maintain an acceptable criminal background and Catawba College student discipline file throughout the program. Details are provided in the Department of Teacher Education Policies and Procedures Handbook. An additional criminal background is required by several school systems within our contiguous area, which must be completed prior to final approval and placement for student teaching. Student teachers affected by this policy will be notified.