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.

All of the following:

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 2-3
One of the following:
HIS250 History of the United States to 1865 3
HIS251 History of the United States since 1865 3
TOTAL:   29

Professional Education

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
EDU227W Educational Psychology 3
EDU228L Educational Psychology Field Experience 0.5
EDU370 Primary Literacy Methods 3
EDU371 Intermediate Literacy Methods 3
EDU380 Middle School Methods 3
EDU390 Educational Technology 3
EDU410 Strategies of Classroom Management 3
EDU455 Education Seminar 1
MED101 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I 3
MED102 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II 3
TOTAL:   30.5

Special Education Core Curriculum

All of the following:
SPE301W Foundations of Special Education 3
SPE302 Field Experience 0.5
SPE321 Collaborative Relationships 3
SPE328 Math Intervention 3
SPE329 Field Experience 0.5
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:   53

Requirements for an Elementary Education Self-Contained Endorsement

A candidate wishing to add an Elementary Endorsement to his/her Professional Educator license must complete the following courses and pass the Elementary/Middle Grades (110) content area test:
EDU360 Math and Science for the Elem. School Teacher 3
EDU361 Elementary Science Methods 1
EDU362 Social Science Methods 1
EDU363 Fine Arts Methods 1
One course in BIO or PHY 4
TOTAL:   10

Special Education Core Curriculum 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
EDU227W Educational Psychology 3
EDU228L Educational Psychology Field Experience 0.5
MED101 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I 3
MED102 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II 3
TOTAL:   15.5
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).