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The major in Special Education is designed to meet state teacher licensure requirements by training students to be knowledgeable and skilled regarding the education of all school aged children and adolescents with disabilities. The program consists of a 49 credit hour major plus a 21 credit hour cognate (in lieu of a minor). Majors are selected during October to begin studies during the following Spring semester. Majors progress through the program as a cohort. Most coursework is offered during daytime hours with an El Centro cohort offering beginning Spring 2015.

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Admission to the Program 

The program is divided into three levels. Progress through each level is contingent upon the successful completion of both prescribed coursework and program benchmarks.


Level I

Fall I (may be completed prior to acceptance into major)
EDFN 306-Education and Individual Differences-3 hours

Spring I
EDFN 307-Psychology of Instruction and Learning-3 hours
SCED 311-School Curriculum-3 hours
SPED 371-WIP -Foundations of Special Education - 3 hours
SPED 372-The Development and Characteristics of Children and Youth with Exceptional Learning Needs-3 hours

Summer I
SPED 382 -Strategies for Differentiating Instruction for Students with Exceptional Learning Needs-3 hours
ELED 302-WIP Methods of Teaching Language Arts-3 hours

Level II
Fall II
SPED 383 -Informal Assessment and Progress Monitoring -3 hours
SPED 374 -Supervised Field Experience I – 3 hours
SPED 395-Technology and Special Education – 3 hours
ELED 310-Methods of Teaching Mathematics-Elementary School-3 hours

Spring II
SPED 384-Instructional Design for Individuals with Exceptional Learning Needs-3 hours
SPED 377-Supervised Field Experience II – 3 hours
LTCY 311-Fundamentals of Reading Instruction-3 hours
SPED 379-Managing Behaviors in the Classroom -3 hours

Summer II
SPED 376 -Teaching Learners with Moderate to Severe Disabilities-3 hours

Level III
Fall III
SPED 323 -Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education-3 hours
BLBC 340-Methods of Teaching Language and Culture Diverse Students - 3 hours
SPED 385- Community Partnership and Advocacy (2)
SPED 316- Addressing the Professional Development of the Special Educator (1 hour)
Choice of one:
SCED 305-Methods of Teaching Science-3 hours OR
SCED 306-Methods of Teaching Social Studies-3 hours

Level IV
Spring III
SPED 381-Student Teaching in Special Education-12 hours

Program Contact Information 

Mickie Wong-Lo, Ph.D. (Undergraduate Director)
(773) 442-5595

Ebony Jiminez Lee, MA LPC NCC (Undergraduate Advisor)
(773) 442-5933


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