2018-19 Academic Catalog 
    Sep 20, 2020  
2018-19 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education, BA, Concentration: Special Needs

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About the Program

The Elementary Education/Special Needs dual license program is designed to provide you with an understanding of the teaching methods, practices and challenges found in elementary classrooms. You will build skills in teaching while you develop an understanding of development theories, best practices and the newest research in the field. Courses are offered in a sequence that you will follow through a series of stages. You must follow this sequence as you prepare your plan of study and as you advance through the Teacher Education Program.

Degree Requirements

  • 124 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of B- required for ENGL 10400, ENGL 10500, and COM 11400; C required for all remaining courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)

Total 124 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of B- required for ENGL 10400, ENGL 10500, and COM 11400; C required for all remaining courses; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses marked with (f) require field observations.

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1:

  • Admission to Semester 4 courses (EDCI 35500) requires application screening by Department of Teacher Preparation Advisor.
  • Admission to Semester 5 and beyond requires Admission to Teacher Preparation Program and passing of state licensure exams.
  • Courses marked with (f) require field observations. Students may not receive more than 2 C’s in professional education courses.

Note 2: SCI 11200 & 11400 may be taken in any order; SCI 11400 is only offered during fall and Maymester.

Note 3: Choose from either HIST 10400 or 10500/HIST 15100 or HIST 15200; HIST 10400, 10500, 15100, and 15200 may be taken in any order.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, check out “What Can I Do With this Major?”

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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