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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Add to your education by learning more about working with children and young adults with disabilities.
Because of its compatibility with other human service fields, special education provides an appropriate minor for students majoring in such areas as rehabilitation, speech and hearing science, behavior analysis, psychology, criminal justice, social work, recreation, kinesiology, and human development and family science.

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Why Earn a Special Education Minor?

A minor in Special Education consists of 18 hours, and is suggested for students in other undergraduate degree programs interested in working with children and young adults with disabilities, including those in Human Development and Family Science, Kinesiology, Applied Behavior Analysis, Speech and Language Pathology/Audiology, or Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation.

A competitive Accelerated Master's path is available through this minor, allowing undergraduate students to potentially finish both their bachelor's and master's degree in five years.

Special Education Minor Highlights

Gain confidence to work with learners with exceptionalities in a productive and effective manner
Thorough preparation for beginning educators to work well with behavior management, team collaboration, teaching to individual strengths and needs, and contributing to Individual Education Plans
Preparation to identify and support learners with high-incidence (common) exceptionalities in your general education classroom
Candidates who are accepted into our program are eligible to receive a Probationary Teaching Certificate and be employed as a special education teacher during the fall and spring semesters they are completing coursework
Work with special needs learners of all ages and their families.

Special Education Minor Courses You Could Take

Family Collaboration for Exceptional Learners (3 hrs)
Study of collaboration models and strategies used to work with families of students with exceptionalities. Focus on changing definition of family, community resources, advocacy, public policies and other factors that may impact students and their families. Attention also given to working effectively with paraprofessionals.
Developmental Disabilities and AutismIdentification and Intervention (3 hrs)
Provides students with a background in the characteristics, causes, prevalence and identification of individuals with developmental disabilities and autism. Maximum consideration is given to classification categories as defined by the federal regulations, integration of assessment and educational planning, and specific interventions for facilitating the education and training for this target population.
Behavioral DisordersCharacteristics, Identification and Intervention (3 hrs)
An examination is made of the typical characteristics associated with severe behavior problems and procedures for identification. Emphasis is on the development of appropriate intervention programs.
Advanced Educational Strategies for Exceptional Learners (3 hrs)
Advanced educational strategies and interventions that promote academic performance of exceptional learners across a variety of settings and situations. Includes an emphasis on instructional use of computers and technology in the classroom.
Classroom and Behavioral Management Strategies for Exceptional Learners (3 hrs)
Approaches to behavioral management of exceptional learners across a variety of educational settings. Implementation of individualized techniques including applied behavioral analysis, as well as larger-group strategies, to foster positive behavioral, social and emotional growth. Special attention to the development of behavioral intervention plans and positive behavioral supports for students with challenging behaviors.
Educational Aspects of Exceptional Learners (3 hrs)
Overview of the unique physical, cognitive and behavioral needs of exceptional learners. The teacher’s role in identification and referral procedures and implementation of effective educational practices as required by federal and state law are examined.

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