The BSc in Special Education (SPED) prepares teacher candidates to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of children and adolescents with learning and intellectual disabilities, severe emotional and behavior disorders, and other disabilities.
This curriculum for Special Education and training is a step towards globally solidifying the contribution of special education to the education systems and the development of education.
Specifically, it provides the school systems with a useful tool for producing competent professional special education teachers, as well as serving as educators and leaders in schools and community-based settings. This curriculum, therefore, provides students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become highly qualified special educators who can help students with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and in the community.
Specifically, students will garner the knowledge and skills to become special education teachers who work with children with high-incidence disabilities, including individuals with learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, and mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.
Students will be able to recognize a child’s educational and social problems, formulate effective and personalized/individualized instruction, and consult with parents, teachers, and administrators to incorporate accommodations and transitions across the child’s educational program. Students also will be prepared to teach reading and language, mathematics, and other core content areas, as well as be able to apply classroom and behavior management and social skills to students with diverse abilities and backgrounds. Graduates will be capable of working with diverse learners and adapting instructional programs based on the needs of their students.
This curriculum fosters inclusion, diversity, and multiculturalism through theory and practice-based learning. It is within this context that the curriculum encompasses and understanding of special education, teaching strategies in special education, adopting curriculum and instructions, and implementation of plans. The approach includes a combination of academic and professional coursework with field experience in the classroom that prepares graduates for teaching in the real world.