Feb 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Education: Special Education, B.S.


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The Bachelor of Science pre-professional program in special education enables students to become knowledgeable about the characteristics, diagnosis and remediation of children with disabilities accessing the general education curriculum and in adapted curriculum settings. While in this program, students will have the opportunity to work with students with disabilities in elementary, middle and high schools across multiple school districts. They will learn from dedicated and engaged faculty members and have opportunities to participate in various scholarly activities inside and outside of the classroom. Students completing the four-year degree program, when combined with the teacher licensure option, are prepared to serve as teachers of students with disabilities in a variety of educational placements.

The licensure program is designed to prepare resilient, culturally responsive educators who are advocates for children and youth with disabilities that are not only qualified for the complexity of their professional roles but also are reflective problem-solvers.

Students enrolled in the program will complete both special education concentrations (accessing the general curriculum and adapted curriculum). The program includes extensive field experiences. Assessment of candidate performance includes evaluation of performance in individual courses and practicums. Students are required to demonstrate satisfactory performance, which includes a “C” or above in all major and concentration coursework and a “satisfactory” score on all practicum evaluations (i.e. all indicators on the evaluation are within the satisfactory range). Key assessments will be used to identify those candidates who are not making satisfactory progress towards advancement to the next sequences of courses and experiences. If progress is unsatisfactory, the candidate will be given one additional attempt on the key assessment. The assessments will be used to advise candidates and develop a plan of action for addressing any concerns that have been identified by the faculty. In some cases, a candidate will be allowed to continue in the next semester, but there will be a plan of action for addressing any concerns that have been identified by the faculty.

Every student is assigned an adviser. Students should plan on consulting their adviser regularly.

It is important for students to understand that the undergraduate major in special education does not lead to teacher-education licensure unless licensure requirements are completed. To qualify for a recommendation for licensure in special education, general curriculum K-12 and adapted curriculum K-12, students must complete licensure requirements in addition to requirements for the special education undergraduate major. These requirements include 18 credit hours of practicum and student teaching experiences. Please note that these credit hour requirements are included in the 122 credit hour requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree.

Bachelor of Science in Special Education Degree Requirements


Required Courses


  • General Education 41 Credit Hours
  • Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 6 Credit Hours
  • Professional Studies Core: 9 Credit Hours 
  • Special Education Core (including both concentrations: Adapted and Accessing the General Curriculum K-12) 48 Credit Hours
  • Licensure Requirements (or electives) 18 Credit Hours

Total: 122 Credit Hours


Major Requirements for Special Education. B.S.


Core Requirements


Licensure Requirements: 18 Credit Hours


Licensure requirements (18 credits) or electives (for students not pursuing licensure in special education.  Will be decided between the student and the university adviser).  

Recommended Schedule for Special Education Majors


Refer to the Program Sequencing Guide found here: https://www.jmu.edu/coe/efex/sped-4-yr-major-overview.shtml in addition to consulting with your academic adviser.  

First Year - Fall


Total: 15 Credit Hours


First Year - Spring


Total: 15 Credit Hours


Second Year - Fall


Total: 15 Credit Hours


Total: 16 Credit Hours


Third Year - Fall


Total: 17 Credit Hours


Third Year - Spring


Total: 18 Credit Hours


Fourth Year - Fall


Fourth Year - Spring


Total: 16 Credit Hours


Total: 122 Credit Hours


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