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DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
 
Chair: Terry G. Cronis (251-380-2761)
Professors: Cronis, Ellis
Associate Professors: Sachs, Baxter
Assistant Professor: Bullard
Instructor: Rogers
 
Department of Special Education web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/coe/spe
 
The Department of Special Education prepares teachers who will work with exceptional infants, toddlers, children and youth. Persons who have a strong desire to aid the personal and educational development of students with special learning needs and capacities would find the area of Special Education gratifying and fulfilling. Assisting students who have the greatest educational needs can provide much personal and professional reward.
As a result of many recently passed laws, standards, and educational policies, there has developed a tremendous increase in the demand for teachers trained to work with students with mental retardation, emotional and behavior disorders, learning disabilities, vision or hearing impairments, communication disorders, physical disabilities, or those who are gifted. The special education teacher training programs at the University of South Alabama are responding to the acute needs for well-trained teachers that school systems and agencies are currently experiencing.
 
UNDERGRADUATE
The Department of Special Education has two undergraduate specializations, each leading toward a Bachelor of Science Degree: Early Childhood Special Education and Collaborative Teaching.
The programs in Special Education are designed to prepare teachers to function in a variety of settings with birth-through-high-school-level students.
Students must obtain a minimum grade of “C” in all professional (block) courses in the area of Special Education (i.e., 300-level or above courses which carry the SPE prefix.
Non-majors seeking enrollment in courses should obtain permission from the department chair in Special Education. Successful completion of the program and eligibility for the Bachelor of Science degree and/or teaching certificate necessitates that requirements of the Department of Special Education, the College of Education, the University of South Alabama, the Alabama State Department of Education, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education be met.
The Department of Special Education places particular emphasis upon the student-advisor relationship. Each advisor has detailed information to aid the student’s progress and to ensure that the many and various requirements are met. Enrollments are limited in some courses. Students should consult with their advisor about the effect this may have on their planned course of study. Recent federal legislation requires that Early Childhood Special Education and Collaborative teachers have completed 12 semester hours of courses in each of four disciplines: English language arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. To ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students must consult with their advisor.
 
THE BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAM
All Special Education undergraduate majors’ programs include a minimum of 128 semester hours. Differences in course work exist within the teaching areas and advisors provide the specific course information for each student. Professional courses are organized into blocks all of which require both SPE 312 and 313 as prerequisites. The professional “block” of courses begins once each year, in the fall.
 
ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY
Students must apply at the Education Certification and Student Services Office, College of Education, for admission to teacher candidacy upon meeting candidacy requirements. Students should have completed EDF 315, EDF 211, EDM 310, SPE 400 and SPE 205. All previously listed requirements of the University and College must have been met also. Students must apply as early as possible preferably by the end of the sophomore year.
 
Minimum General Studies (64 hours)
See College of Education section or departmental advising sheets for general studies requirements.
 
Professional Studies (30 hours minimum)
To include: SPE 400; EDF 315, 211; EPY 251
Additional Professional Studies: SPE 200, 205, 363, 410, 495; EDM 310.
 
Areas of Specialization (34 hours)
Collaborative Teaching
SPE 200, 311, 312, 313, 342, 362, 373, 443, 454, 484; RED 330, and SHS 290. Collaborative Teaching majors must choose an internship at either the K-6 or 6-12 grade level.
 
Areas of Specialization (34 hours)
Early Childhood Special Education
SPE 200, 311, 312, 313, 342, 362, 373, 432, 433, 454; RED 330, and SHS 290.
 
GRADUATE
The graduate program in Special Education prepares individuals with or without special education backgrounds to work with exceptional children and youth. Students seeking Alabama Class A Professional Certification may select programs of study in the areas of Collaborative Teaching, Early Childhood Special Education, and Gifted and Talented provided they already have certification in any area of education.
Post-master’s or Sixth-Year Graduate Programs which lead to an Instructional Specialist Degree are available, and for qualified individuals, an Alabama Professional Certificate at the AA level. On occasion, limited resources may dictate that an online version of the course will be the only offering in a given academic year.
 
ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY
Students should be aware that the Department requires that certain courses be taken in sequence. Advisors should be consulted to obtain information about sequencing and prerequisite course work.
A committee consisting of graduate faculty members within the Department will be selected by program advisors to assist in planning students’ courses of study. Such planned programs should be effected before the completion of nine semester hours of work. Planned programs will also indicate prerequisite courses. Failure to follow the advised planned program of study could result in the student being blocked from registration.
The Special Education Department requires that students who receive a grade of “C” on courses in their major area within the Special Education programs, must repeat that course and attain a grade of "B" or better.
Satisfactory performance in all course work (an average of “B” or better) is required of all graduate Special Education majors; in the event of unsatisfactory performance in a course not in their major area, a students’ Graduate Program Committee selects the option of repeating the course and demonstrating satisfactory performance or demonstrating satisfactory performance in an approved alternate course.
Students may be permitted to do their internship during one of their two final semesters in residence. This is a joint decision between student and advisor.
Students are assigned to advisors in their respective program areas. No faculty member other than the assigned advisor may advise Special Education students.
The student has the sole responsibility for initiating applications and meeting test and other deadline requirements.
 
WRITTEN COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
Satisfactory performance on a written comprehensive examination is required of all graduate students prior to the completion of their program.
 
MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREE PROGRAM IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
The requirements for the Master of Education include IDE 510, Educational Research and Evaluation and a minimum of 33 semester hours in the program specialization, as determined by the student’s graduate faculty committee. Students already certified in the same field of special education as their graduate major (e.g., Collaborative Teaching) may qualify for a 36 semester hour minimum program. Students changing fields of study within special education qualify for a 39 semester hour minimum program. Students with no prior special education certification qualify for a 45 semester hour minimum program.
Those students seeking teacher certification must complete one of the program areas detailed as follows:
 
PROGRAM FOR COLLABORATIVE TEACHING
The 36 semester hour minimum program for the M.Ed. in the area of Collaborative Teaching includes:
 
Curriculum and Teaching (six semester hours)
SPE 512, SPE 516
Educational Foundations (six-nine* semester hours)
*SPE 500
Select One:
EDF 501, EDF 515
Select One:
EPY 502, EPY 521
Research and Evaluation (three semester hours)
IDE 510 Educational Research and Eval
Teaching Field (21 semester hours)
SPE 510, SPE 511, SPE 514, SPE 515,
SPE 517, SPE 591, SPE 592
Electives (0-nine semester hours)
  Guided electives to be selected with advisor approval.
*SPE 500 is taken only if the student has not had a recent undergraduate equivalent. It becomes an additional part of the program.
 
PROGRAM FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION
The 36 semester hour minimum program for the M.Ed. in the area of Early Childhood SPE:
Curriculum and Teaching (six semester hours)
SPE 512, SPE 516
Educational Foundations (six-nine semester hrs)
*SPE 500
Select One:
EDF 501, EDF 515
Select One:
EPY 502
Research and Evaluation (three semester hours)
IDE 510
Teaching Field (12 semester hours)
SPE 432, SPE 433, SPE 510, SPE 515,
SPE 517, SPE 518, SPE 535
Electives (0-nine semester hours)
  Guided electives to be selected with advisor approval.
*SPE 500 is taken only if the student has not had a recent undergraduate equivalent.
 
PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS OF THE GIFTED AND TALENTED
The 36 semester hour minimum program for the M.Ed. in the teaching of the gifted and talented includes:
 
Curriculum and Teaching (six semester hours)
SPE 593, SPE 523
Educational Foundations (six-nine semester hrs)
*SPE 500
Select One:
EDF 501, EDF 515
Select One:
EPY 502, EPY 521, EPY 568
Research and Evaluation (three semester hours)
IDE 510
Teaching Field (9 semester hours)
SPE 521, SPE 522, SPE 524
Electives (12 semester hours)
Guided electives to be selected with advisor approval.
Suggested courses include: SPE 511, SPE 514, SPE 515, SPE 518
 
*SPE 500 is taken only if the student has not had a recent undergraduate equivalent. The course then becomes an added course to the program.
 
ALTERNATIVE M.Ed. IN COLLABORATIVE TEACHING
This is a special alternative program for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in non-teacher education fields. For specific admission requirements see College of Education general section of the Bulletin. In general the program requires a minimum of 45 graduate hours. Recent federal legislation requires that Early Childhood Special Education and Collaborative teachers have completed 12 semester hours of courses in each of four disciplines: English language arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. To ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students must consult with their advisor.
 
Prerequisites
SPE 443, SPE 311, SPE 489
Curriculum and Teaching (6 hours)
SPE 512, SPE 516
Behavioral Studies/Foundations (6 hours)
EPY 502, SPE 400 or 500
Research and Evaluation (3 hours)
EPY 455 or IDE 510
Teaching Field (21 hours)
SPE 510, SPE 511, SPE 515, SPE 517, SPE 518, SPE 589, SPE 591
Technology (3 hours)
EDM 510 or ISD 585
Internship (6 hours)
SPE 592, SPE 593
 
***EPY 455, SPE 443 and SPE 489 are restricted to graduate students who have been fully admitted to the Alternative Master’s Program or undergraduate students who have met College of Education teacher education candidacy requirements.
 
NOTE: We require all graduate students in Special Education (who are not already certified in their field of study) to observe a classroom or setting which is a model of good teaching practice in their proposed field of certification. Students are to observe for one full day twice each semester or to make a total of 6 observations, whichever is greater, until graduated.
 
ADVANCED GRADUATE STUDY: SIXTH-YEAR (POSTMASTER’S) PROGRAMS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
Postmaster’s or Sixth-Year Graduate Programs which lead to an Instructional Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree and/or AA (State of Alabama) Professional Certification are available for qualified individuals.
In addition to college requirements previously stated, students seeking certification will have a graduate program committee plan a program based upon the student’s training, experience and needs.
 
AA CERTIFICATE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
In addition to the Core Courses required for the Instructional Specialist program, the following courses are required for the AA Certificate.
 
COLLABORATIVE TEACHING
Teaching Field (15 semester hour minimum)
Course work to be approved by student’s graduate program committee.
 
SPE 500 is taken only if the student has not had a recent equivalent. The course then becomes an added course to the program.
 
GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION
Teaching Field (15 semester hour minimum)
Course work to be approved by student’s graduate program committee.
 
SPE 500 is taken only if the student has not had a recent equivalent. The course then becomes an added course to the program.
 
 
 


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