The St. Andrews Special Education degree program is designed to prepare educators to teach children with mild disabilities via the General K-12 Curriculum.  Through participation in additional courses the program also offers an option for add-on certification in Gifted Education for any education major or licensure only candidate.

Pre-service teachers in Special Education will develop the knowledge, skill and dispositions necessary to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences for special needs students in special and general education settings. The pre-service Special Education teachers will show evidence of skills for leading students toward higher cognitive development stages.

Program objectives include pre-service teachers developing the knowledge and understanding necessary to become experts at teaching students with disabilities who are progressing through the General Curriculum (K-12); knowledge and understanding of Special Education laws and policies; and develop the knowledge and understanding of human growth and development theories as they apply to students with disabilities. They will develop an awareness and competency in applying basic principles of curriculum planning and implement them according to the diverse needs of students with disabilities. Pre-service teachers will participate in field experiences, practicums and community events related to students with disabilities (i.e. Special Olympics).  They will habitually reflect on the experiences as a basis for decision-making and for professional growth.  Further, they will demonstrate the use of technological tools both for planning, instruction and assessing, as well as the skills of data management.

Program Requirements
Professional Studies (required of all education majors)
PSY 220:   Child and Adolescent Development (3) F, S, SS
EDU 236:  Technology for Educators (3) F, SS
EDU 250:  Education, Culture & Diversity (3) F, S
EDU 310:  Curriculum and Instruction (3) F
EDU 324:  Educational Psychology (3) S, SS
EDU 355:  The Exceptional Child (3) S, SS
EDU 352:  Teachers as Leaders (3) F ***

21 Credit Hours

***GPA of 2.5, program application, recommendations, interview, and passing scores on the Praxis I Tests is required for formal admittance in to the Teacher Education Program.


Pedagogical Studies (Special education major specific)
EDU 319: Literature for Children and Youth (3)
EDU 332: Language & Literacy (K-3) (3)***
EDU 338: Reading & Language Arts (3-6) (3) S ***
EDU 342: Math in the Elem. School (3) F ***
EDU 390: Foundations for Teaching Social Studies
EDU 303: Integrated Content Methods for Middle/Secondary Grades (6) ***
SPD 314:  Differentiating Instruction for Learners with Special Needs (3) ***
SPD 301:  Building Collaboration in the General Education Classroom (Inclusion) (3)***
SPD 302:  Learners with Mild Disabilities: Theory & Applications in the Gen Ed Classroom (3) ***
SPD 303:  Assessment Methods and Individual Education Programming (3)***
SPD 305:  Multisensory Teaching of Reading to Students with Disabilities (3) ***

36 Credit Hours

**A grade of “2.75” or above is required for all Professional Pedagogical and Special Education (EDU and SPED) Courses.
***Must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program


An Academic Concentration (24 Hours) is required in one of the following four subject areas relevant to K-12 grades classroom:
English/Language Arts
Social Studies
EDU 344:  Classroom Management (2) (independent, online)
EDU 423:  Student Teaching (10) ***
EDU 425:  Student Teaching Senior Seminar (2) ***

14 Credit Hours

Add – on Licensure for Gifted Education  (OPTIONAL)
(may be taken as add-on for any education major or licensure only candidate)
SPD 310: Introduction, Trends and Issues in Gifted Education (3) ***
SPD 312: Methods and Materials for Teaching Gifted Education (3)***
SPD 315: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (3) ***
SPD 314: Differentiating Instruction for Learners with Special Needs (3) ***

12 Credit Hours

Total Program Hours: 71 plus the 24 academic credit hours and St Andrews General Education hours for a minimum of 120 credit hours.