COMBINED SPECIAL EDUCATION AND ELEMENTARY EDUCATION/BACHELOR OF ARTS
Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 60
I. Professional Education for Initial Special Education (K-12) Certification in Special Education - Learning Behavior Specialist I and Elementary (K-9) Education Certification. This is a COMBINED major and does not result in two degrees.
54-207 Learning Theories and Individual Development (3)
05-240 Instructional Methods, K-9, with Clinical Experience I (25 Clinical hrs.) (3)
54-242 Foundations of Teaching and Learning (25 Clinical hrs.) (3)
05-300 Elementary Clinical Experience II (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
54-303 Development and Characteristics of Learners (3)
53-304 Technology for Teaching and Learning (2)
54-329 Approaches and Applications for the Multicultural Classroom (1)
54-340 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Science and Wellness, PreK-12 (3)
05-341 The Middle School Model (3)
54-352 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Teaching Mathematics, PreK-12 (3)
54-353 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Teaching Reading and the Integrated Language Arts, PreK-3 (3)
54-354 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Teaching Social Studies, PreK-12 (3)
54-359 Assessment for Learning (3)
53-360 History and Philosophy of Education (3)
54-363 Consultation and Collaboration for Educators (3)
54-366 Special Education Law (1)
54-391 Instructional Planning and Performance Based Assessment (3)
54-400 Special Education Clinical Experience III (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
05-409 Child and Adolescent Literature (3)
54-471 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Teaching Reading and the Integrated Language Arts, 4-12 (3)
05-484 SPED/ELED Student Teaching (Students complete 8 weeks in an elementary site and 8 weeks in secondary special education site) (9)
Also recommended: Workshops in technology and teaching multicultural populations, gifted students and at risk students.
II. Advanced Writing: SPED/ELED Student Teaching (05-484) fulfills the advanced writing requirement for majors.
III. Combined Special Education/Elementary Education majors are required to complete an 18-hour concentration. The 18 hours may count toward the General Education requirements.
A complete listing of general education requirements is located in the General Education Information brochure (PDF format). Please note the requirement of an additional math course for elementary, special education and combined majors.
IV. Students complete an extensive set of field experiences as part of the combined major. All students must successfully pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test before they will be allowed to take education courses. They will complete 75 clinical hours for the Elementary Education component: Instructional Methods, K-9, with Clinical Experience I (05-240) (25 hours) and Elementary Clinical Experience II (05-300) (50 hours) and 75 clinical hours for the Special Education component: Foundations of Teaching and Learning (54-242) (25 hours) and Special Education Clinical Experience III (54-400) (50 hours). A 2.75 GPA is required for all education courses. Assignment to the clinical sites is arranged by the College of Education. Experiences are designed to include public and private school assignments, and primary, intermediate, middle and high school experiences. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to clinical sites. Students entering the combined major program from another institution may be required to enroll in Clinical Experience in Special Education (54-305) (1) in order to complete the required number of clinical hours. Clinical hours completed at other institutions will be evaluated by the Department Chair to determine whether or not the hours can be transferred.
V. Student Teaching
Application for admission to student teaching must be filed by December 1 of the year prior to the planned student teacher experience. Procedures and requirements for admission to student teaching are published in the Student Guide for Initial Teacher Certification Programs. This publication is available in the College of Education office. Evidence of successful completion of the appropriate State of Illinois content area tests and the Assessment of Professional Teaching Test must be received in the College of Education at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the student teaching semester in order to be allowed to student teach. Student teaching in the combined major requires students to complete two 8-week placements; one in a regular education elementary setting (K-6) and one in a secondary (7-12) special education setting. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation while student teaching. Only one additional course may be taken concurrently with student teaching. Official documentation of a negative TB test must be filed prior to student teaching.