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LIBERAL STUDIES-SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM  

Faculty

Rachel Mathews, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education
Ruth L. Meese, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Special Education and Area Coordinator
Christopher Jones, M.S., Lecturer in Special Education
Peggy L. Tarpley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education
Patricia Whitfield, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education  

Longwood offers a five-year Liberal Studies-Special Education Program leading to a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies in 4 years and a Master's Degree in Special Education in 5 years. This program is designed for students who want to become Special Education teachers. (See the Liberal Studies section of this Catalog.) A professional portfolio is developed during the five-year period. Students may choose to terminate their course work at the end of the fourth year (with 126 credit hours) with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies and not pursue the Master's Degree. However, students must complete the fifth year to become endorsed to teach in Special Education.  

Course Sequence - Special Education  

YEAR 1
SPED 202 Intro to Special Education/3 credits  
SPED 220  Practicum I/1 credit  

YEAR 2
SPED 310 Behavior Management, Part I/3 credits  
SPED 313  Behavior Management, Part II/3 credits  
SPED 316  Lab for Behavior Management, Part I/1 credit  
*Must be taken concurrently with SPED 310

YEAR 3
SPED 321 Reading and Language Arts for Students with LD, E/BD, or Mild-Moderate MR/3 credits  
SPED 322 Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Adaptations for  Students with LD, E/BD, & MR/3 credits  
SPED 323 Lab:  Informal Assessment and Tutoring in Reading/1 credit  
*Must be taken concurrently with SPED 321
SPED 327 Practicum II/3 credits  
SPED 375 Language and Language Disorders/3 credits  

YEAR 4
SPED 435 Introduction to Assessment/3 credits  
SPED 482 Collaboration & Effective Communication Among School Personnel, Families, and Community Organizations/1 credit  
EDUC 484 Media and Computer Technology/1 credit  

Professional Semester
EDUC 406 Directed Teaching in LD, E/BD, and MR/11 credits  
EDUC 488 Education Seminar/1 credit  

YEAR 5
EDUC 502 Research Design/3 credits  
EDUC 521 Human Growth and Development/3 credits  
EDUC 524  Foundations of Reading and Language Development for Emergent Literacy/3 credits  
Or EDUC 525 Foundations of Reading and Language Development in Grades 3-8/3 credits  
EDUC 530 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas/3 credits  
EDUC 620 School Law/3 credits  
SPED 516 Medical and Neurological Problems of Exceptional Students/3 credits  
SPED 530 Characteristics and Needs of Students With LD, E/BD, & MR/3 credits  
SPED 545 Psychoeducational Assessment/3 credits  
SPED 575 Career and Life Planning for Individuals With Disabilities/3 credits  
SPED 600 Thesis Research/3 credits or Non-Thesis Option***  
SPED 689  Seminar of Current Issues in Special Education/3 credits  
SPED 690 Internship/3 credits  

 ***Students selecting the non-thesis option must complete a three-credit class in lieu of
SPED 600 and also complete a three-hour comprehensive exam. (See Graduate Catalog).  
Suggested three-credit classes for the non-thesis option include: EDUC 549, EDUC 681, 
PSYC 523, PSYC 551, PSYC 660, ART 543, MATH 623, MUSC 546, or SCED 562.
The course selected must not have been taken during the undergraduate years.

Special Education Minor  

A special education minor may be pursued by students in any other major. Students who wish to minor take the following sequence of courses: 18 credits

15 Credits:

SPED 202 Intro to Special Education/3 credits  
SPED 310  Behavior Management, Part I/3 credits  
SPED 316 Lab for Behavior Management, Part I/1 credit  
*Must be taken concurrently with SPED 310
SPED 313 Behavior Management, Part II/3 credits  
SPED 375 Language and Language Disorders/3 credits  
or  CDIS 375 Language Disorders/3 credits  
SPED 435 Introduction to Assessment/3 credits  


3 Credits from the following:

EDUC 245 Human Growth and Development/3 credits  
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology/3 credits  
PSYC 356 Abnormal Psychology/3 credits  
PSYC 357  Psychopathology of Childhood/3 credits    

 

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