BA/BS in Core Subjects Early Childhood-Grade 6 Certification/MED in Special Education

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Core Subjects Early Childhood-Grade 6 Certification and the Master of Education in Special Education degree program is a 150 to 167-hour program. Graduates from the program will receive both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education in Special Education or a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Special Education. This non-thesis program is designed for those seeking initial teacher certification and enhanced expertise in the area of special education.

The MED in Special Education prepares the knowledge, understanding, and abilities in the field of special education K-12, providing the framework for effective communication and partnership, personnel management, assessment instruction, and compliance with federal and state regulations. Once candidates have completed their initial teaching certification and required coursework in this degree, and if they have passed the appropriate state certification (TExES) tests, candidates are eligible to take the Special Education TExES for/Certification.

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

credit hours (bS)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

3

English

12

9

(BA)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

(BS)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met

14*

0

Foundations for Excellence

1

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

6

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

Kinesiology

2

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

3

MATH 1303 or equivalent
[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.]

Natural Science

4

12

(BA)

BIOL 1401 - Principles of Biology
(BS)

BIOL 1401 - Principles of Biology

GEOL 1401 - Meteorology and Space Science

PHSC 1401 - Physical Science I 

Religion

9

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and one additional religion course

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
POLS 2301 - American National Government

3

3

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

57

48

Core Subjects Early Childhood-Grade 6 Certification 

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

15

15

ECHE 4360 - Foundations for Early Childhood Education*

EDUC 1017 - Introduction to Teacher Certification*

EDUC 3313 - Foundations of Teaching*

EDUC 3320 - Instructional Assessment*

EDUC 4010 - Elementary Core Subjects EC-6 Seminar

EDUC 4021 - EC-12 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Seminar

EDUC 4608 - Clinical Teaching*

INTERDISCIPLINARY ACADEMIC MAJOR  

62

54

EDUC 3302 - Development of Infants, Children, and Adolescents* (S-L)

EDUC 4312 - Teaching Special Populations* (S-L)

EDUC 4313 - Discipline and Classroom Management in Culturally Diverse Settings* (S-L)

EDUC 4314 - Best Practices in Teaching* (S-L)

EDUC 4320 - Instructional Technology*

EDUC 4334 - Pedagogy of Fine Arts and Movement in the Elementary Classroom*

GEOL 1401 - Meteorology and Space Science (BA only)

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I or HIST 2302

HIST 4309 - Texas History

MATH 3303 - Math Content I

MATH 3304 - Math Content II

PHSC 1401 - Physical Science I (BA only)

Pedagogy

EDUC 4318 - Pedagogy of Math*

GSCI 4320 - Pedagogy of Science*

READ 4013 - Science of Teaching Reading Seminar

READ 4302 - Scaffolding Literacy Instruction*

READ 4313 - Science of Teaching Reading

READ 4330 - Recognizing and Instructing Struggling Readers*

READ 4335 - Pedagogy of Reading I (Phonics)*

READ 4336 - Pedagogy of Reading II (Comprehension)*

SOST 4340 - Pedagogy of Social Studies*

Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses 

6

6

SPED/READ 5332 - Reading: Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience (S-L)

READ 5338 - Pedagogy of Language Arts

Additional Upper-Level Electives Required*

Additional Lower or Upper-Level Electives Required*

0

0

0

0

TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE WITH SHARED HOURS REQUIRED

140

123

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required. Students must complete all Undergraduate hours and shared undergraduate/graduate hours prior to enrolling for remaining Graduate hours.

*Elective Requirements

  • In order to satisfy the “Undergraduate only” portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.

  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 6 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate credit hours required for all bachelor’s degrees.

REMAINING GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (MED)

A. ACADEMIC SPECIALIZATION 

15

15

SPED 5310 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners

SPED 5320 - Teaching the Underachiever

SPED 5330 - Pedagogy of Special Education

SPED 5350 - Teaching Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

SPED 6360 - Supervision of Special Education Instruction

B. PROFESSIONAL AREA

9

9

EDUC 5344 - Diagnosing Learning Different Children

EDUC 6302 - Research in Education (S-L)

EDUC 6306 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation

C. RESOURCE AREA

6

6

EDAD 6312 - School Law

EDUC 6308 - The School and Multicultural Society

D. REQUIRED COURSE

0

0

TOTAL ADDITIONAL GRADUATE HOURS REQUIRED

30

30

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR ACCELERATED DEGREE

170

153

*Indicates Signature Course requiring download of Signature Assessments in TaskStream Reminder.

Reminder: Degree plan subject to adjustment as state policy changes.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to course descriptions for course prerequisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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