Undergraduate Department of Special Education

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2013-14 academic year.

Department of Special Education

Felicity Crawford, Chair and Assistant Professor
Shoshanna Starr Collins, Instructor
John Crapps, Professor
Kathleen McDonough, Instructor
Hanna Rue, Instructor
Stephanie Cox Suarez, Associate Professor

Available Programs of Study:

  • B.S, Special Education Major: Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities
  • Minor, Understanding Autism

B.S. / Special Education: Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities / 40 credits

This is a nationally recognized program that leads to the Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) Initial license from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.. The program prepares professionals to work with children, in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, with mild to moderate disabilities who participate in inclusive, resource, or substantially separate classrooms in public or private schools. Students develop skills in inclusive curriculum design, creating a supportive classroom ecology, differentiating instruction,, understanding and managing behavior, collaborative problem-solving, and commitment to equity for all children in a multiracial and multicultural society. Students must participate in a faculty group interview prior to acceptance into the program. For information on teacher licensure, please refer to the Professional Certification and Licensure section of this catalog.

Course Requirements

Required Support Courses (Credits may apply to General Education Requirements) 36-40 credits

HDP 122/123

Human Growth and Development

4 credits

MAT 130/131 and 132 or

 

 

MAT 140/141

Concepts and Processes

8-12 credits

AST 150

Intro to American Government

4 credits

HIS 165

America through the Civil War or

 

HIS 167

America since the Civil War

4 credits

 

One Global History course

4 credits

 

Two Life and Physical Science courses

4 credits

 

One Literature Course

4 credits

Program Requirements: 44 credits

EDU 201

Orientation to Educ. Programs

0 credit

HDP 290

Children with Specials Needs

4 credits

EDU 255

Racial and Cultural Identities

4 credits

SPE 264

Behavior Management

2 credits

SPE 346

Assistive Technology

2 credits

EDU 330

Elementary Mathematics

4 credits

EDU 337

Teaching Reading in Grades Pre-K-8

4 credits

SPE 392

Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs

2 credits

Special Education Practicum Core I: 12 credits

EDU 338

Teaching Nonfiction Literacy

2 credits

SPE 394

Curriculum, Learning & Special Needs

4 credits

SPP 460

Practicum I

4 credits

SPP 461

Seminar I

2 credits

Special Needs Practicum Core II 8 credits

SPE 481

Assessing Children with Special Needs

4 credits

SPP 470

Practicum II

3 credits

SPP 471

Seminar II

1 credit

Program Completion

 

2 credits

SPE 466

Special Education: Capstone

1 credit

SPE 467*

Special Education: Portfolio Development

1 credit

The MTEL (Communication and Literacy Skills Test [both sub-tests] must be completed prior to course selection for the first practicum. The General Curriculum [both subtests], and Foundation of Reading tests must be completed prior to course selection of SPE 467; students are strongly advised to complete SPP 470, Practicum II prior to taking the capstone course.

Minor in Understanding Autism / 16 credits

Understanding Autism is a 16-credit (4 course) interdisciplinary minor that is open to all Wheelock undergraduate students. The minor offers students the opportunity to understand the cognitive, language, social, emotional and physical aspects of individuals with autism. It introduces and examines current approaches and strategies that enable people with autism to communicate and participate fully in their lives. Students will explore current research-based interventions, teaching methodologies, services and programs as well as fully consider the personal stories of people with autism. Students will begin to develop professional skills to foster the development of effective programs and to advocate for individuals with autism and their families and communities.

Course Requirements

Prerequisites

HDP 120/121 or HDP 124/125

Human Growth and Development

4 credits

HDP 290

Children with Special Needs

4 credits

Program Requirements 16 credits

AUT 320

Foundations of Development in Autism

4 credits

AUT 322

Assessment and Intervention in Autism

4 credits

AUT 321

Family, Community & Inter-professional Collaboration

4 credits

AUT 350

Advanced Study in Autism

4 credits

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