Major in Special Education


 

The Special Education LBSI program has been aligned with the Eureka College Goals, Teacher Education Program Conceptual Framework, Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, Core Language Arts Standards, Core Technology Standards, Core Standards for Special Educators, General Curricular Standards for Special Education Teachers, and Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBSI) Standards. Persons completing the LBSI will be qualified to teach all phases of Special Education K-12, ages 5-21.

A candidate will graduate with a B.S. in Special Education and a Type 10 (K-21) LBSI license. In order to best meet the needs of schools and their Special Education staffing, the LBSI Program is aligned with a major in Elementary Education. Our LBSI program, with an endorsement in Elementary Education, is the ideal staffing direction to meet the needs of the schools. Further, this combination will better ensure the employment of Eureka College graduates.

Requirements for a Major in Special Education

Completion of all requirements in the Content Area Standards and Professional Education curricula
Plus the completion of the Special Education core curriculum. The major is offered with or without Teacher Licensure

Content Area Standards

The following Content Area Standards courses are required for all Special Education majors. Most of these courses align with requirements in the Eureka College General Education Curriculum. Students should consult with their academic advisors regarding the alignment of these courses with General Education.

All of the following:
ENG103W Academic Writing and Research 3
ENG301W Advanced Academic Writing and Research 3
HED179 First Aid, CPR, and Injury Prevention 1
MAT260 Statistics 3
PSC150 American Government (National) 3
PSY205 Child Through Adolescent Psychology 3
THA130 Acting I – Introduction to Acting 3
One of the following:
ART 101W/106/110/111/212/219W/
224W/229W/234W/260/350
3
MUS 150/151/281 2-3
One of the following:
BIO130 General Biology 4
EVS151 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 4
PHS110 Introduction to Physical Science 4
One of the following:
HIS250 History of the United States to 1865 3
HIS251 History of the United States since 1865 3
TOTAL:   31-32

Professional Education

Students pursuing the Special Education with Teacher Licensure major must complete 26 hours of EDU coursework
Students pursuing the Special Education major without Teacher Licensure must complete 13 hours of EDU coursework.

Professional Education Requirements for Special Education with Teacher Licensure:

All of the following:
EDU170 Introduction to Curriculum and Instructional Design 3
EDU185 Foundations of American Education 3
EDU200 Teaching Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers 3
EDU227W Educational Psychology 3
EDU228L Educational Psychology Field Experience 1
EDU380 Middle School Methods 3
EDU390 Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching 3
EDU410 Strategies of Classroom Management 3
EDU430W Elementary Reading and Language Arts 4
TOTAL:   26

Requirements for an Elementary Education Self-Contained Endorsement

A candidate wishing to add an Elementary Endorsement to his/her Type 10 (K-21) LBSI license must complete the following courses and pass the Elementary/Middle Grades (110) content area test:
EDU170 Introduction to Curriculum and Instructional Design 3
EDU360 Math and Science for the Elem. School Teacher 3

Professional Education Requirements for Special Education without Teacher Licensure:

All of the following:
EDU170 Introduction to Curriculum and Instructional Design 3
EDU185 Foundations of American Education 3
EDU200 Teaching Mathematics for Elem. School Teachers 3
EDU227W Educational Psychology 3
EDU228L Educational Psychology Field Experience 1
EDU229 Educating the Exceptional Child 3
TOTAL:   13

Special Education Core Curriculum

Students pursuing the Special Education with Teacher Licensure major must complete 60 hours of SPE coursework, including Student Teaching.
Students pursuing the Special Education major without Teacher Licensure must complete 34 hours of SPE coursework.

Special Education Core Curriculum Requirements for Special Education with Teacher Licensure:

All of the following:
SPE301W Foundations of Special Education 3
SPE321 Collaborative Relationships 3
SPE328 Math Intervention 3
SPE346 Language Development and Disorders 3
SPE358 Explicit Instruction in the Content Areas 3
SPE366 Special Education Law and Process 3
SPE413 Reading Intervention 3
SPE425 Practicum in Special Education Settings 2
SPE431 Diagnosis and Evaluation of Students with Disabilities 3
SPE441 Class. Adaptations for Learners – Mod/Severe Disabilities 3
SPE445 Advanced Practicum in Special Education Settings 8
SPE465 Student Teaching 15
TOTAL:   37

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

Candidates will complete 120 to 144 clock hours of field experiences correlated to specific courses prior to the student teaching experience. During the field experience candidates will be required to apply knowledge acquired through coursework and to produce specific artifacts which include observation logs, transition plans, and lesson plans. Candidates will complete SPE465 Student Teaching as the culminating practical experience. SPE465 consists of a 15 week, full-time, experience in an appropriate special education setting under the supervision of a qualified, experienced (5 years) special education teacher.

Special Education Core Curriculum Requirements for Special Education without Teacher Licensure:

All of the following:
SPE301W Foundations of Special Education 3
SPE321 Collaborative Relationships 3
SPE346 Language Development and Disorders 3
SPE358 Explicit Instruction in the Content Areas 3
SPE366 Special Education Law and Process 3
SPE441 Class. Adaptations for Learners – Mod/Severe Disabilities 3
Plus an additional 16 hours of EDU/SPE electives.
16
TOTAL:   34

Students choosing non-licensure will not be allowed to enroll in Field Work classes and will have alternate assignments in their coursework. This will still give students room in their schedules to pursue electives aligned to their personal goals.

Special Education Cohort Program

Eureka College offers Special Education approval by the Illinois State Board of Education to individuals who do not hold a special license or lack the qualifications for an endorsement. The LBS1 can be earned by completing a sequence of courses with other individuals in the format of a cohort.

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree and teacher licensure looking for special education approval may participate in the Cohort Program, which is taught on the Eureka College campus. The College needs a minimum of nine (9) eligible students to conduct the program. Eligibility is determined through the Regional Office of Education.

The Special Education Cohort Model includes:

  • 3 courses in Special Education totaling 10 semester hours
  • 1 Field Experience at 1 semester hour
  • Classes taken one at a time
  • Classes taught over 3 semesters – Fall, Spring and Summer

All individuals must be a certified teacher to enroll. Enrollment is determined by transcript evaluation (to be completed by ROE or the State Board of Education).