The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Special Education is a professional standards-based cross-categorical special education undergraduate degree program, strongly oriented towards developing the necessary knowledge based, skills, and disposition to teach learners with mild or moderate disabilities in either the elementary or middle grades while enriching their overall instructional, management, and diagnostic competencies. This teacher preparation program leads to initial certification in teaching with a specialty in special education. This undergraduate program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
The chairperson assigns each student an advisor to guide the teacher candidate's program of study. Field experience is required in each course (See School of Education's Undergraduate Graduated Field Experience Manual). Teacher candidates will be assessed at three strategic points during his/her progression toward graduation. In addition to completing the requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree, teacher candidates majoring in Special Education must complete a minimum of 57 credit hours in arts and sciences coursework, 45 credit hours in special education, 24 credit hours in professional studies and 12 credit hours of reading coursework as mandated by the Maryland State Department of Education. Transfer credits can be substituted with strong evidence provided and approval from the Chairperson.
The curriculum is aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Interstate New Teacher Assessment Support Consortium (INTASC), and the Maryland Teacher Technology Standards (MTTS). These standards include, but not limited to, Foundations of Special Education, Development and Characteristics of Learners, Individual Learning Differences, Instructional Strategies, Learning Environments and Social Interactions, Language, Instructional Planning, Assessment, Professional and Ethical Practice, and Collaboration.