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2021-2022 General Catalog

Special Education: Birth to 5 Emphasis - BA, BS


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Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation

Special Education (Birth to 5) - BS

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  • For more information about Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling , see the website.
  • Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.
  • Admitted students must meet with an academic advisor. Current students should also meet with an academic advisor and log on to Degree Works  to check student-specific program progress.
  • Students following the recommended schedule listed below should be able to complete degree requirements in four years (eight semesters). 

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements   see link University Studies Depth Requirements   see link
NOTES: The highest math requirement for this degree is MATH 1050: College Algebra (QL)  or MATH 1051: Classical Algebra for Teachers (QL)  or STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL)  or STAT 1045: Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra (QL) 

 

Admissions Requirements for Pre-Special Education Program

New freshmen Admitted to USU in Good Standing

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU 3.0 GPA

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)   3     HDFS 1500: Human Development Across the Lifespan (BSS)   3    
MATH 1051: Classical Algebra for Teachers (QL)  or MATH 1050: College Algebra (QL) or STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL)  or STAT 1045: Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra (QL)   

  4  or 4  or 3  or 5 

 
  Breadth Physical Sciences (BPS)   3  
USU 1010: University Connections   1-3  

Enroll in 2 credits.

Recommended course.

Teaching Support (suggested REH 1010: Disability and Society (BSS) ) 3  
Breadth American Institutions (BAI)   3   Teaching Support (suggested SPED 4910: Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities )   3  
Breadth Life Sciences (BLS)   3   Breadth Integrated Studies 3  
Comments

 

Comments

Get ready to apply fall semester for Special Education major. Check with advisor regarding deadlines and requirements.

Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

COMD 3200: Child Language Development   3     HDFS 2600: Seminar in Early Childhood Education   2     
ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)   3     HDFS 2630: Practicum in Early Childhood Education   2-5   Enroll in 2 credits.
Breadth Humanities (BHU)   3   SPED 5040: Foundations of Effective Assessment and Instructional Practices   3    
Breadth Creative Arts (BCA)   3   SPED 4000: Education of Students with Disabilities   2    
Teaching Support (suggested SPED 4910: Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities ) 3   TEAL 3660: Educational Psychology for Teachers   2    
      Electives 6  
Comments

Apply to Special Education major. Check with advisor regarding deadlines and requirements.

Comments

SPED 5040 , HDFS 2600 , HDFS 2630 , and TEAL 3660  require admission to SPED major.

Third Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

SPED 5010: Applied Behavioral Analysis 1: Principles, Assessment, and Analysis (QI)   3     SPED 5050: Applied Behavioral Analysis 2: Applications   3    
SPED 5070: Policies and Procedures in Special Education   3     SPED 5060: Consulting with Parents and Teachers   3    
SPED 5710: Young Children with Disabilities: Characteristics and Services   3     SPED 5730: Intervention Strategies for Young Children with Disabilities   3    
SPED 5810: Seminar and Field Experiences with Infants and Families    4     SPED 5820: Preschool Practicum with Young Children with Disabilities in Community Environments   4    
SPED 5840: Practicum: Working with Young Children with Autism   1     SPED 5530: Technology for Teaching Exceptional Learners   3    
SPED 5880: Assessment for Early Childhood Special Education   2          
Comments

Must be admitted to SPED major to take these classes.

Comments

Must be admitted to SPED major to take these classes.

Apply for graduation.

Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

HEP 2000: First Aid and Emergency Care   2     SPED 5200: Student Teaching in Special Education (CI)   3-15   Enroll in 15 credits.
Communications Intensive Course that also meets Teaching Support 3        
Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) , Depth Social Sciences (DSS) , or Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA)   2 or 3        
Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) , Depth Social Sciences (DSS) , or Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA)  (different category) 2 or 3        
Communications Intensive (CI)   3        
Electives  3        
Comments

Apply to student teaching.

Comments

 

Major Course Requirement


Minimum Grade Requirements:

  • Grade of B- or better: All SPED and TEAL courses (except SPED 4910 , SPED 5200  and SPED 5900 )
  • Grade of C+ or better: ENGL 1010  (required for program admission; ENGL 1010  can also be met with AP ENGL or an ACT score of 30 or higher)
  • Grade of C or better: BAI , BLS , BPS  (required for program admission); all MATH courses; HDFS 1500  
  • Grade of C- or better: All other courses required for the bachelor’s degree
  • Courses used to fulfill major requirements may not be taken pass/fail, except those courses that are only taught on a pass/fail basis.
  • 3.0 GPA required in major coursework

Students are required to earn a grade of “B-” or better in all major courses (SPED, TEAL prefixes). Students who receive a grade below “B-” must retake the course. Each student will be allowed to repeat a maximum of one course (course is defined as didactic courses, practica and student teaching). Students who receive two grades below “B-” or withdraw from two practica (or one practica two times) will not be permitted to continue in special education. Student teaching may not be repeated without appeal and approval by the appropriate special education program committee.

Diversity Requirement


All special education majors need to take ONE of the following classes (or another advisor-approved course) to complete their diversity requirement. The diversity requirement must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Licensure Notification


This program typically leads to licensure and was designed to meet licensing qualifications in the state of Utah. If students wish to work in another state within the United States, they should review the qualifications for that state and the Education Licensure Compliance Table provided by School of Teacher Education and Leadership.

For more information, please contact the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at teal.usu.edu.

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