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Special Education


Special education teachers are in great demand. To meet this challenge, Avila offers a unique program to those interested in working with special needs students. Our education program leads to dual certification in mild/moderate cross categorical special education (K-12) and elementary education (1-6). The special education degree is a five-year program.

Advisor

Dr. Sue McCalley
816.501.2433


Degree Requirements


AVILA CORE REQUIREMENTS (Beginning Fall 2015)
Foundations Courses (10-12 hours)  
Communication 3 hrs
Composition I-Rhetorical Discourse 3 hrs
Mathematics -- College Algebra 3 hrs
First Year Seminar 1 hr

Pillar Levels (30 hours -- see catalog for specific courses)

  • 24 credit hours at the Acquire and Transform levels (combined), completing at least one course in each pillar
  • Minimum of 6 credit hours at the Contribute level (can be met in the major and in one pillar)
 
Global Studies (G) Designated Courses 9 hrs
Interdisciplinary (I) Designated Courses 9 hrs
Community Engagement (E) Designated Courses 3 hrs

MAJOR RELATED REQUIREMENTS
American History * 3 hrs
American National Government 3 hrs
Biology: Cells and Genes w/lab * 4 hrs
Composition II-Rhetorical Argument* 3 hrs
Economics * 3 hrs
Elementary Math Methods 3 hrs
Geometry for Elementary Schools 3 hrs
Literature* 3 hrs
Physics Concepts w/lab* 4 hrs
World Geography* 3 hrs

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
ED 184 Intro to ED Tech 1 hr
ED 185 Practicum 3 hrs
ED 206 Creative Activities & Physical Movement* 3 hrs
ED 229 Developmental & Educational Psychology 3 hrs
ED 230 Children's Literature 3 hrs
ED 235 Psychology of the Exceptional Child* 3 hrs
ED 245 Tests and Measurements 3 hrs
ED 287 Multicultural Foundations of Education* 3 hrs
ED 322 Language & Literacy in the Global Context* 3 hrs
ED 361 Language Acquisition & Development 3 hrs
ED 363 Educational Assessment 3 hrs
ED 364 Consultation, Collaboration & Family Engagement:: SPED 1 hr
ED 365 Consultation, Collaboration & Family Engagement:: Elementary 1 hr
ED 367 Transition & Career Development 2 hrs

MoGEA REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING COURSES
ED 314 Methods of ED Tech 1 hr
ED 315 General Methods & Differentiated Learning* 3 hrs
ED 337 Elementary Social Studies Methods 3 hrs
ED 340 Elementary Science Methods 2 hrs
ED 341 Foundations of Literacy & Language Development 3 hrs
ED 343 Language Arts Methods 2 hrs
ED 353 Analysis & Characteristics: Cross Categorical 4 hrs
ED 358 Methods & Curriculum: Cross Categorical 4 hrs
ED 370 Assessment & Remediation of Reading Problems 3 hrs
ED 386 Reading Practicum 2 hrs

COURSES TAKEN 1-2 SEMESTERS PRIOR TO FINAL CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
ED 381 Health and Safety 1 hr
ED 419 Managing the Learning Environment* 3 hrs


CAPSTONE COURSES
(must take and pass the Missouri Pearson Content Exams prior to FCE)

ED 494 Final Clinical Experience 2 hrs
ED 495 Final Clinical Experience: Elementary* 7 hrs
ED 495 Final Clinical Experience: Special Education* 3 hrs

* May be met through core

All Special Education majors must take and pass the MoGEA and the appropriate Missouri Pearson Content Exams.