University Bulletin 2018-2019

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Special Education (BS)

The Department has three undergraduate Special Education Certification Options, each leading toward a Bachelor of Science Degree: Collaborative Teaching K-6, and Early Childhood Special Education, as certification options in K-6 Teacher Education and Collaborative Teaching 6-12.

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 each professional studies and teaching field course in the area of Special Education.

Non-majors seeking enrollment in courses should obtain permission from the department chair. Successful completion of the program and eligibility for the Bachelor of Science degree and/or teaching certificate necessitates that requirements of the Department, the College of Education and Professional Studies, the University of South Alabama, the Alabama State Department of Education, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education be met.

The bachelor's degree program

Special Education undergraduate Collaborative Teacher 6-12 program include a minimum of 125 semester hours. Advisors provide the specific course information for each student. Professional courses are organized into blocks which must be taken in a specified sequence.

Admission to candidacy

Students must apply in the College of Education and Professional Studies Advising Center, for admission to teacher candidacy. Students must have satisfactorily completed 12 semester hours (as specified on the advising sheets or in PAWS) in each of the following disciplines: English language arts, mathematics, social sciences, and sciences with a grade of "C" or higher in each course, and professional studies courses. 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 (60 semester hours)
See College of Education and Professional Studies section or departmental advising sheets for general studies requirements.

Professional Studies (33 semester hours minimum)
Visit the web for specific information at:
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/ceps/programs.html.

Areas of Specialization (32 semester hours)
Collaborative Teaching
Visit the web for specific information at:
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/ceps/programs.html.

Alabama State Department of Education Certification Requirements:

A Student applying for initial teacher certification will be required to pass the appropriate Praxis II test (s) and have a successful score on his/her edTPA portfolio. ALSDE certification requirements are subject to change and students will be required to meet those which are in place the semester they are applying for certification. Prior to registering for any Praxis II exam, please verify current requirements by going directly to the ALABAMA portion of the Praxis II website at http://www.ets.org/praxis/al.

4-Year Progression Special education Collaborative Teacher 6-12

First Year Credit Hours
Fall Semester   16
*EH 101 English Comp I (I) 3 hrs  
BLY 101 + Lab Life Science I(III) 4 hrs  
Fine Art (II) 3 hrs  
MA 110 or higher (III) 3 hrs  
PE 100 Concepts of Health & Fitness (V) 3 hrs  
Spring Semester   16
*CA 110 Public Speaking (II) 3 hrs  
*EH 102 English Comp II PR(I) 3 hrs  
History (IV) 3 hrs  
MA 201 Math for Elementary Teachers PR (III) 3 hrs  
Science + Lab (III) 4 hrs  
Second Year Credit Hours
Fall Semester   17
History/Social Science Elective (IV) 3 hrs  
Literature PR (II) 3 hrs  
MA 110 or higher (III) 3 hrs  
PE 101-157 PE Activity Course (V) 1 hr  
Science + Lab (III) 4 hrs  
Social Science Elective (IV) 3 hrs  
Spring Semester   18
*EDM 310 Microcomputing Systems In Educ 3 hrs  
Content Teaching Field 300-499 3 hrs  
Content Teaching Field 300-499 3 hrs  
Literature PR/Fine Art Elective (II) 3 hrs  
Math Elective MA 100 or higher or ST 210 (III) 3 hrs  
Social Science Elective (IV) 3 hrs  
Take Core Academic Skills Test    
Third Year Credit Hours
Fall Semester   16
*EDU 400 Ed of Exceptional Children & Youth 3 hrs  
*EPY 351 Human Growth & Development 3 hrs  
Content Teaching Field 300-499 3 hrs  
Content Teaching Field 300-499 3 hrs  
Content Teaching Field 300-499 3 hrs  
EDU 321 Field Experience 1 hr  
Apply for Candidacy    
Spring Semester   16
EDU 322 Field Experience 1 hr  
EDU 340 Fundamentals of Teaching (W) (spring, summer only) 3 hrs  
EDU 354 Curriculum Methods 3 hrs  
EDU 372 Behavior Management 3 hrs  
EDU 410 Formal & Informal Assessment 3 hrs  
Content Teaching Field 300-499 3 hrs  
Fourth Year Credit Hours
Fall Semester   15
EDU 341 Teaching Skills (W)  (fall only) 3 hrs  
EDU 342 Secondary Field Experience  (fall only) 3 hrs  
EDU 363 Teaching Special Needs Learners  (fall only) 3 hrs  
EDU 451 Content Area Literacy  (fall only) 3 hrs  
EDU 453 or 454 or 456 or 457 Cont Methods  (fall only)  hrs  
Apply for Graduation    
Spring Semester   12
EDU 496 Student Teaching (6-12 SPE) 9 hrs  
Content Teaching Field 300-499 3 hrs  
Key
PR=Prerequisite course required
*= Prerequisite for Candidacy
Courses in BOLD indicate Candidacy required
(I)-(V) = General Education Area
(W) = Courses that satisfy USA writing requirement
Department of Leadership and Teacher Education
(251) 380-2175
Chair  Dr. Susan Santoli
Professors Baxter, Giles, Green, Kent, Santoli, Tunks
Associate Professors Campbell, Martin, Maulding-Green, Styron, Vitulli
Assistant Professors Allison, Brannan, Delmas, Guffey, Johnson, Morton, Parrish, Reeves
Emeritus Professors Cronis
Senior Instructor Byrd, Simpson
Instructors Holland, Szatkowski

Department of Leadership and Teacher Education web site 
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/ceps/lte/

Undergraduate

The Department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Education leading to Alabama Class B certification in the following areas: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a major in Early Childhood Studies.

Graduate

The department offers the M.Ed. degree leading to Alabama Class A Certification in the following areas: Art Education, Instructional Leadership, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The department also offers the Instructional Specialist degree (Ed.S.) leading to Alabama Class AA Certification in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Instructional Leadership, Reading Specialist, Secondary Education, Special Education and Teacher Leader. The department offers the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership.