Special Education License Program (SPED)

Objectives | Admission | Major | Endorsement | Course Descriptions

Objectives

This program leads to a state license in Special Education of students with mild to moderate disabilities or a license in special education of students with severe disabilities. The program may be taken as an undergraduate major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, as an undergraduate minor, or as part of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT) or Master of Education (MED) Program.

Admission to the Program

Undergraduate students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (as outlined in the Education/Teacher Education Programs section of this catalog) prior to enrolling in any special education course except SPED 303/503. Students who already have a baccalaureate degree and a teaching certificate must be admitted under the Master of Education admissions procedure outlined in the MED section of the Graduate Academic Catalog. All coursework must be planned with the student’s advisor. Special Education majors must have an academic or teaching content minor. Acceptable academic or teaching minors and acceptable transfer academic or teaching minors must be approved by the dean or program director.

Students who are seeking their first licensure must take a minimum of 30 credit hours in education at Westminster College and must also meet college residency requirements. All coursework must be planned with the student’s advisor.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Justice Studies major:

Major in Special Education


Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses    
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Education major:    
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)    

MATH 141 College Algebra, LE (4)

 

MATH 105 or placement test

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Admission to the Program 0  

Completion of Teacher Education Program Admission

   
II. Cultural Awareness 0–4  

While the themes of diversity and cultural awareness run throughout the program, a specific cultural awareness requirement is also included to help our students become better teachers of the diverse student populations in Utah and the U.S. This requirement may be met by successfully completing one of the following:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in a second language:
    ▫ Complete a second semester college-level language course
    ▫ Receive a passing score on a Level 1 CLEP language exam
    ▫ Receive a passing score on a 102-level BYU language proficiency exam
    ▫ Provide evidence of another language as your first language
  • A May term study experience approved by the School of Education
  • A semester of study abroad approved by the School of Education
  • Student teaching in a foreign country or other alternate placement approved by the School of Education
   
III. Prerequisite Courses 11  
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)    
MATH 141 College Algebra, LE (4)
(or higher level equivalent)
  MATH 105 or placement test

EDUC 220 Math for K–6 Teachers I (3)

 

MATH 141

IV. Core Courses

46

 

EDUC 252 Developmentally Appropriate Teaching and Learning (4)   co-requisites: EDUC 302 (LE), 303
EDUC 302 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (4)   co-requisites: EDUC 303
EDUC 303 Teaching with Technology (1)   co-requisites: EDUC 302 (LE)
EDUC 311 English Learners in All Classrooms (2)   EDUC 302 (LE)
EDUC 363* Literacy Foundations, Assessment and Instruction (3)   EDUC 252, 302 (LE)
EDUC 364* Teaching Methods: Reading and Language Arts (3)   EDUC 252, 302 (LE)
EDUC 368* Math Methods for K–6 Teachers (3)   EDUC 220, 221
EDUC 369 Literacy Assessment & Intervention (1)   EDUC 252, 302 (LE)
EDUC 391 Portfolio Preparation (1)   consent of instructor
EDUC 418 Special Education Student Teaching Seminar (2)   consent of instructor
SPED 303 Roles of the Special Educator (3)    
SPED 308* Principles and Application of Special Education Assessment (3)   EDUC 302 (LE), SPED 303;
co-requisite: SPED 308
SPED 377 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)    
SPED 385* Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3)   co-requisites: SPED 340 or 341
SPED 390 Special Education Student Teaching (10)    consent of instructor

* Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.

 

 

V. Methods Courses

6

 

Students obtaining a license or endorsement in Mild/Moderate Special Education take:    
SPED 335* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods K–6 (3)   EDUC 302 (LE), SPED 303;
co-requisites: SPED 308
SPED 340* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods 7–12 (3)   SPED 303, 308, 335; co-requisites: SPED 385
Students obtaining a license or endorsement in Severe Special Education take:
SPED 336* Severe Special Education Methods K–6 (3)
  EDUC 302 (LE), SPED 303;
co-requisites: SPED 308
SPED 341* Severe Special Education Methods 7–12 (3)   SPED 303, 308, 336; co-requisites: SPED 385

* Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.

 

 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION MAJOR

63–67

 

Completion of an approved academic or teaching minor is required (see individual program listings for details).

Students must pass the requisite Praxis Test before applying for student teaching.

Recommended Plan of Study for Special Education

 

Fall Semester

First Three
Semesters
LE and prerequisite courses

EDUC 220
MATH 141
PSYC 105
SPED 303
Most remaining LE courses
Begin minor courses

Fourth Semester
Foundations courses

EDUC 252
EDUC 302
EDUC 303
Any remaining LE courses
Additional minor courses

Fifth, Sixth and
Seventh Semesters
Methods courses

EDUC 311 SPED 308
EDUC 363 SPED 335 or 336
EDUC 364 SPED 340 or 341
EDUC 368 SPED 377
EDUC 369 SPED 385
EDUC 391
Remaining minor courses

Eighth Semester
Student teaching

SPED 390
EDUC 418

Special Education Endorsement Program Requirements

Students who choose not to major in Special Education may earn an endorsement in Special Education in addition to an elementary or secondary teaching license. Requirements for the endorsement are:

(1) Admission to the Elementary or Secondary teacher preparation programs, or (2) admission to the Master of Education program with a basic/standard teaching certificate.

Completion of the following courses for endorsement (may be taken at the undergraduate numbered in the 300s or graduate level numbered in the 500s).

Special Education Endorsement Program Requirements

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

Prerequisites

I. Core Courses

16

 

SPED 303/503 Roles of the Special Educator (3)    
SPED 308/508* Principles and Application of Special Education   EDUC 302 (LE), SPED 303;
co-requisite: SPED 335 or 336
Assessment (3)    
SPED 377/577 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)    
SPED 385/585* Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3)   SPED 303, 308 and 335 or 336; co-requisites: SPED 340 or 341

SPED 390/590 Student Teaching in Special Education (4)

 

consent of instructor

II. Methods Courses

6

 

Students obtaining an endorsement in Mild/Moderate Special Education take:    
SPED 335* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods K–6 ( 3)   EDUC 302 (LE), SPED 303;
co-requisite: SPED 308
SPED 340* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods 7–12 (3)   SPED 303, 308, 335; co-requisites: SPED 385
     
Students obtaining an endorsement in Severe Special Education take:    
SPED 336* Severe Special Education Methods K–6 (3)   EDUC 302 (LE), SPED 303;
co-requisites: SPED 308
SPED 341* Severe Special Education Methods 7–12 (3)   SPED 303, 308, 336; co-requisites: SPED 385

* Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.

 

 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM

22