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Special Education B.S.

Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 54 to 58
  • Student teaching and practicum experiences will be conducted at public school sites.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The bachelor of science degree program in special education (BS/SE) prepares students as generalists to serve children with frequently occurring (high incidence) disabilities. The program emphasizes the fundamentals of special education, effective intervention strategies, and the problem solving approach to instruction. Graduates of the BS/SE program receive a license as an Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) to teach in the field of special education in grades kindergarten through age 21. The (BS/SE) program prepares interested students to enter an additional licensure program in one or more specialized fields e.g. Early Childhood-Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, in conjunction with an MA/MEd degree within 5 years of graduation. The BS/SE undergraduate program maintains the integrity of a research-based degree program recognized nationally. The program is specifically designed for developing teachers as researchers by focusing on the latest developments in educational research and supporting the need to make informed, data-based instructional decisions to ensure that children with special needs reach their full potential.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 30 credits before admission to the program.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.75 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.75 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.75 transferring from outside the University
To be eligible to apply, students must have: At least 30 credits completed or in progress Completed EPSY 2601 Students transferring into the University of Minnesota must have completed the equivalent of first-year composition (WRIT 1301 or higher) and college algebra or higher (PSTL 1006, Math 1031, or higher). Once admitted to the major, transfer students will be expected to complete EPSY 2601 in their first semester. The following courses should be completed or in progress at the time of application*: EPSY 2601 First-year writing College algebra *All prerequisites and major courses must be completed A/F unless the course is offered S/N only. BS/SE only students must earn a C- or higher for all required/recommended pre-requisites and for all major coursework. NOTE: For licensure, students must meet minimum performance standards in licensure work (a) B average in all licensure coursework prior to student teaching & (b) minimum of B- in each licensure course
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Admission Requirements
EPSY 2601 - Understanding Differences, Disabilities and the Career of Special Education (4.0 cr)
Required Courses
The following courses must be complete or in progress.
WRIT 1301 - University Writing (4.0 cr)
or WRIT 1401 - Writing and Academic Inquiry (4.0 cr)
CI 1806 - College Algebra through Modeling [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1031 - College Algebra and Probability [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1051 - Precalculus I [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1151 - Precalculus II [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1142 - Short Calculus [MATH] (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Open electives: Students can be advised to take additional coursework to suit their needs/interests. For example, students can study a second language, obtain coaching certification, take part in global experiences, begin work on a second license area (i.e., Elementary Education), or seek a minor course of study including (but not limited to) an EPSY minor.
Foundation Courses
All students are required to take the following courses:
OLPD 5005 - School and Society (2.0 cr)
PUBH 3005 - Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Teacher Education (1.0 cr)
OLPD 5009 - Human Relations: Applied Skills for School and Society (1.0 cr)
CI 5307 - Technology for Teaching and Learning (1.5 cr)
CPSY 2301 - Introduction to Child Psychology (4.0 cr)
or CPSY 3301 - Introduction to Child Psychology for Social Sciences (4.0 cr)
Core Requirements
EPSY 5613 - Foundations of Special Education I [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5616 - Classroom Management and Behavior Analytic Problem Solving (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5631 - Module 1: Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (1.0 cr)
EPSY 5611W - Research-based Practices in Academic and Behavior Disabilities [WI] (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5657 - Interventions for Behavioral Problems in School Settings (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5618 - Specialized Interventions for Students With Mild/Moderate Disabilities in Reading & Written Language (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5619W - Specialized Interventions in Mathematics for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities [WI] (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5705 - Practicum in ECSE/Elementary Settings (1.0 cr)
EPSY 5614 - Assessment and Due Process in Special Education (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5617 - Academic and Social Interventions for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5604 - Transition From School to Work and Community Living for Persons With Special Needs (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5605 - Collaborative Practices for the Special Educator (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5704 - Practicum in Middle/Secondary Settings (1.0 cr)
EPSY 5741 - Student Teaching: Academic and Behavioral Strategist (3.0-6.0 cr)
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
EPSY 3701 - Practicum: Field Experience in Special Education (1.0-2.0 cr)
or EPSY 5701 - Practicum: Field Experience in Special Education (1.0-2.0 cr)
EPSY 3119 - Learning, Cognition, and Assessment (3.0 cr)
or EPSY 5001 - Learning, Cognition, and Assessment (3.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the Major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· EPSY 5611W - Research-based Practices in Academic and Behavior Disabilities [WI] (3.0 cr)
 
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EPSY 2601 - Understanding Differences, Disabilities and the Career of Special Education
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Impact of disabilities on individual/family. Support systems for persons with disabilities, approaches for advocacy. Employ reflective practices when considering concept of disability.
WRIT 1301 - University Writing
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00120 - Writ 1301/Writ 1401
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Drafting, revising, editing. Academic genres. Critical reading, rhetorical analysis for principles of audience, purpose, and argumentative strategies. Emphasizes electronic/print library. Critical analysis, annotated bibliography, research paper. prereq: Placement in Writ 1301
WRIT 1401 - Writing and Academic Inquiry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00120
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
How writing works in varying contexts/genres, how it presents complex arguments. Students read/analyze increasingly challenging texts. Concepts of audience, purpose, and context. Library research, guided revision. prereq: Placement in Writ 1401
CI 1806 - College Algebra through Modeling (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02451
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Math modeling, including linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic functions, counting/probability. Excel or calculators used to develop equations/graphs from theoretical/real interdisciplinary data. Projects enable students to use models to examine trends, make predictions. prereq: Three yrs high school math or grade of at least C+ in PsTL 0731 or PsTL 0732 or CI 0832 or placement test score or instr consent
MATH 1031 - College Algebra and Probability (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02451 - CI 1806/Math 1031
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Graphs of equations and functions, transformations of graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, and rational functions, with applications; inverses and compositions of functions; exponential and logarithmic functions with applications; basic probability rules, conditional probabilities, binomial probabilities. prereq: 3 yrs high school math or satisfactory score on placement exam or grade of at least C- in [PSTL 731 or PSTL 732 or CI 0832]
MATH 1051 - Precalculus I (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Graphs of equations and functions, transformations of graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, and rational functions with applications; zeroes of polynomials; inverses and compositions of functions; exponential and logarithmic functions with applications; coverage beyond that found in the usual 3 years of high school math. prereq: 3 yrs of high school math or satisfactory score on placement test or grade of at least C- in [PSTL 731 or PSTL 732 or CI 0832]
MATH 1151 - Precalculus II (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00066
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Properties of trigonometric functions and their inverses, including graphs and identities, with applications; polar coordinates, equations, graphs; complex numbers, complex plane, DeMoivre's Theorem; conic sections; systems of linear equations and inequalities, with applications; arithmetic and geometric sequences and series. prereq: Satisfactory score on placement exam or grade of at least C- in [1031 or 1051]
MATH 1142 - Short Calculus (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
A streamlined one-semester tour of differential and integral calculus in one variable, and differential calculus in two variables. No trigonometry/does not have the same depth as MATH 1271-1272. Formulas and their interpretation and use in applications. prereq: Satisfactory score on placement test or grade of at least C- in [1031 or 1051]
OLPD 5005 - School and Society
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Readings in history, philosophy, social sciences, and law revealing diverse educational values in a pluralistic society. Multiple expectations of schools. Civil liberties, rights, community. Varying cultural backgrounds of students, family circumstances, exceptional needs. prereq: Jr or sr or MEd/initial licensure student or CLA music ed major or preteaching major or instr consent
PUBH 3005 - Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Teacher Education
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01062 - PubH 3003/PubH 3004/PubH 3005/
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific/socio-cultural aspects of alcohol/drug problems. Emphasizes role of education in health conservation and drug abuse prevention. prereq: Undergrad in Agricultural Educ or Career/Technical Educ or DirecTrack to Teaching or Early Childhood Educ or Elementary Educ Foundations or Music Educ or Special Educ
OLPD 5009 - Human Relations: Applied Skills for School and Society
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Issues of prejudice/discrimination in terms of history, power, social perception. Knowledge/skills acquisition in cooperative learning, multicultural education, group dynamics, social influence, leadership, judgment/decision making, prejudice reduction, conflict resolution, teaching in diverse educational settings. prereq: MEd/init lic or CLA music ed or preteaching or instr consent
CI 5307 - Technology for Teaching and Learning
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Prerequisites: [MEd/initial licensure or CLA music ed major or preteaching major or #], basic computer skills
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Diverse educational technology in K-12 classrooms. Effective use of technology. Computer technologies used to stimulate personal productivity/communication and to enhance teaching/learning processes. prereq: [MEd/initial licensure or CLA music ed major or preteaching major or instr consent], basic computer skills
CPSY 2301 - Introduction to Child Psychology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01677
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to the science of child behavior; review of theory and research.
CPSY 3301 - Introduction to Child Psychology for Social Sciences
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01677 - CPsy 2301/CPsy 3301
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The science of child behavior; review of theory and research. Designed for majors in psychology, sociology, and related disciplines; not suggested for child psychology majors.
EPSY 5613 - Foundations of Special Education I (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Organization of educational programs/services for people with disabilities. First course for students seeking to become licensed in special education.
EPSY 5616 - Classroom Management and Behavior Analytic Problem Solving
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Assumptions, principles, procedures of problem solving approach to analyzing behavior/programs for classroom management. Conducting observations, intervening, evaluating behavioral change.
EPSY 5631 - Module 1: Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Terms/concepts related to augmentative/alternative communication. Myths/facts regarding AAC.
EPSY 5611W - Research-based Practices in Academic and Behavior Disabilities (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Research that provides conceptual basis to aid in understanding of students with academic difficulties. Develop critical thinking skills through examination of research-based practices.
EPSY 5657 - Interventions for Behavioral Problems in School Settings
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Comprehensive behavioral programs for students with social and or emotional disabilities. Instructing students with social and or emotional disabilities. prereq: EPSY 5616, 5611
EPSY 5618 - Specialized Interventions for Students With Mild/Moderate Disabilities in Reading & Written Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical/contemporary perspectives, empirical evidence relating to reading/written language instruction/assessment designed to improve outcomes of students with disabilities. Field work in tutoring.
EPSY 5619W - Specialized Interventions in Mathematics for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Mathematics interventions using data-based, decision-making approach. Instructional strategies. Prevention/remediation of mathematics difficulties.
EPSY 5705 - Practicum in ECSE/Elementary Settings
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles for successful inclusion of students with moderate disabilities. Address model for best practices.
EPSY 5614 - Assessment and Due Process in Special Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Participants will learn basic standardized assessment and how it directly relates to special education. In addition, students will use the assessment as part of an ongoing process for making instructional programming decisions. Students will apply skills in designing and evaluating assessment plans and in making eligibility decisions. prereq: 5613 or equiv or instr consent
EPSY 5617 - Academic and Social Interventions for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Use problem solving model to make data-based decisions regarding implementation and evaluation of instruction for students with academic and behavioral difficulties. prereq: instr consent
EPSY 5604 - Transition From School to Work and Community Living for Persons With Special Needs
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Use of strategies/models for improving transition of youth from school to work and community living. Course content that specifically addresses all phases of student assessment, individualized transition planning. Parent, family, and student involvement in designing post school options. Community-based services (employment, residential living, social and recreational services, etc). Comprehensive interagency approaches.
EPSY 5605 - Collaborative Practices for the Special Educator
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skills/knowledge required to consult/collaborate with school personnel, families, other professionals to maintain effective educational support.
EPSY 5704 - Practicum in Middle/Secondary Settings
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Preparation for practicing principles required for successful inclusion. Address model for best practices/requirements specified by Minnesota Board of Teaching.
EPSY 5741 - Student Teaching: Academic and Behavioral Strategist
Credits: 3.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Transfer of theoretical knowledge to practical application. Responsibilities of special education teacher in variety of settings. prereq: Special education licensure program or instr consent
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02317
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introductory statistics. Emphasizes understanding/applying statistical concepts/procedures. Visual/quantitative methods for presenting/analyzing data, common descriptive indices for univariate/bivariate data. Inferential techniques.
EPSY 3701 - Practicum: Field Experience in Special Education
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 24.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02126
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Observations and supervised support of teaching practice in schools or agencies serving children with disabilities in integrated programs.
EPSY 5701 - Practicum: Field Experience in Special Education
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 24.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02126
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Observations and supervised support of teaching practice in schools or agencies serving children with disabilities in integrated programs. prereq: instr consent
EPSY 3119 - Learning, Cognition, and Assessment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EPsy 3119/EdHD 5001
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Principles of learning, cognition, cognitive development, classroom management, motivation, instruction, and assessment. Topics: behaviorism, cognitive and social constructivism, human information processing theory, intelligence, knowledge acquisition, reasoning skills, scholastic achievement, standardized testing, reliability, validity, student evaluation, performance assessment, and portfolios.
EPSY 5001 - Learning, Cognition, and Assessment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EPsy 3119/EdHD 5001
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Principles of learning, cognition, cognitive development, classroom management, motivation, instruction, assessment. Behaviorism, cognitive/social constructivism, human information processing theory. Intelligence, knowledge acquisition, reasoning skills, scholastic achievement, standardized testing, reliability/validity, student evaluation, performance assessment, portfolios, demonstrations. Applications to instruction/organization of curricular materials. prereq: MEd/initial licensure student or CLA music ed or preteaching major or instr consent; psych course recommended
EPSY 5611W - Research-based Practices in Academic and Behavior Disabilities (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Research that provides conceptual basis to aid in understanding of students with academic difficulties. Develop critical thinking skills through examination of research-based practices.