Special Education Major


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A Special Education major requires the completion of 85 hours, and leads to a bachelor of science degree.


*For the authoritative source on academic requirements and courses, please consult the academic catalog.


Special Education Major Courses

EDUC101 Introduction to Education (3 Credits)
EDU 101 Introduction to Educational Practice Three Credits This course prepares the candidate for admission to Teacher Education. Course content includes the characteristics of the Greenville College Teacher Education Program, a survey of the legal, social and ethical issues involved in public school education, an introduction to LiveText and program portfolio development, and a correlation of psychological principles to varied learning styles and milieus. This course is conducted on campus and includes 70 hours of field experience in school settings that have a large minority population. This course will give students the opportunity to determine whether they want to persist in the Teacher Education Program. (Offered fall semester for transfer students and students with special needs by permission of instructor, and offered every Interterm for freshmen.) Pre-requisite: signature of instructor IN15 - $92 Fee.
PHYS105 Planets and Stars (3 Credits)
PHY 105 Planets and Stars - Three Credits A wealth of information has been collected about our Sun and Solar System, surprising us with the richness and variety of geological environments scattered among the planets and their moons. In-depth studies of the Sun and the planets of our solar system will begin with investigations of Earth - our home planet. Exploration of our Sun, Earth and Solar System involves a variety of tools that scientists use to gain information, generate hypotheses, and draw conclusions about the characteristics and processes in our system and extending into the rest of the Universe. In the process of investigations and discussions in this course, students will gain an awareness of both the power and limitations of scientific inquiry. In the laboratory investigations, students will be introduced to Earth processes and materials, extension of Earth processes/materials to the rest of the Solar System, nighttime live-sky observing, use of star maps, identification of constellations/stars, basic telescope operations, and basic astrophotography. Two hours of lecture and two hours of evening lab each week - However, because of the limited availability of clear skies due to unpredictable weather conditions, the student will need to be somewhat flexible about accomplishing the lab activities, with occasional adjustments necessary to do observations that will extend beyond the scheduled days and hours listed. (Offered Fall Semester Only)
BIOL108 Environmental Science & Stewardship (4 Credits)
This course presents a values based approach for dealing with issues that are critical to the wellbeing of Creation. The course provides a general overview of the concepts of global ecology and then uses these concepts to study the impact that human involvement has had on the ecosystem. The framework for this course is centered around these topics: human population, renewable resources, energy, pollution and prevention of pollution with the recurring theme of moving toward a sustainable future for the Creation. Lab meets two hours a week. (Offered every semester.)
ENGL350 Children's Literature (3 Credits)
MATH143 Mathematics for Elementar (3 Credits)
MATH144 Geometry for Teachers (3 Credits)
This is the second mathematics course where the content of grades K-5 is carefully studies. Topics include geometry, measurement, problem solving, probability, and statistics are stressed. This course is required of early childhood, elementary, and special education majors. This course does not count towards the mathematics major, and both MTH 143 and 144 are required in order to fulfill the general education quantitative reasoning requirement.
EDUC202 Cultural Awareness in the (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to explore race and poverty issues that impact the classroom environment. Candidates will search for effective strategies to better meet the needs of underserved populations. The hidden rules of economic class and characteristics of generational poverty will be studied, with emphasis on the impact this has on instruction. Students spend 40 hours assisting in a classroom which serves a high minority and low socioeconomic population. Prerequisite: EDUC 101. (Offered every Interterm.) IN18 - $60 Fee
PSYC206 Adolescent Development (3 Credits)
PSY 206 Adolescent Development Three Credits The transitional years of human development from puberty to early adulthood. Emphasis is on developmental tasks and choices through which adolescents develop mastery and a sense of self-competence. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 220 or admittance into the Teacher Education program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC280 Exceptional Child (3 Credits)
EDUC311 Elementary Art & Music (3 Credits)
EDU 311 Elementary Art and Music Methods The content of this course focuses on using art, music, and movement to enhance student learning in the elementary classroom core curriculum. The course includes the study of tools, techniques, and technology of art, music, and movement. It provides candidates an understanding of the educational, communicative, and aesthetic values of dance, music, and visual arts and the role fine arts plays in reflecting history and culture. Field experiences required. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC312 Teaching of Reading (3 Credits)
A course in the reading sequence designed to acquaint candidates with a variety of reading programs and approaches used in contemporary elementary and middle school classrooms. Emphasis is on the reading process and product from the early stages of readiness through middle school. Attention is given to strategies that aide in word identification such as using sight words, phonics, contextual analysis, and structural analysis. Attention is given to comprehension fostering strategies. Specific strategies for Content Area Reading are examined as well as strategies to be used with ESL students and Special Needs students. Field experiences required. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC318 Corrective Reading (3 Credits)
EDU 318 Corrective Reading Three Credits Emphasis is on the identification and remediation of reading problems at the elementary and middle school levels. Prevention of reading problems through early intervention is addressed. Informal assessment and teaching strategies are stressed. Field experiences required. Prerequisite: EDU 312 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC333 The Learning Environment (3 Credits)
This course will investigate the structures of a safe and healthy learning environment that facilitates cultural and linguistic responsiveness, positive social interaction, active engagement, and academic risk-taking. A three tiered level of positive behavior supports (PBS) will be explored as a framework for creating plans to accomplish a productive learning environment. Twenty hours of field experience required. Prerequisite: EDU280
EDUC351 Teaching Language Art/Elem&Mid (3 Credits)
This course explores methods and materials used in the teaching of the language arts at the elementary and middle school levels. Emphasis is placed on speaking skills, critical listening skills, using literature across the curriculum, and the writing process which includes grammar, spelling, handwriting, and word processing. Attention is given to writing in the Content Areas. Strategies to be used with ESL students are also presented. The integration of technology, diversity in the classroom, critical thinking skills, and assessment and evaluation are also examined. Field experiences required. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC352 Teaching Social Studies/Elem&Mid (3 Credits)
EDU 352 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary and Middle Schools Three Credits This course explores methods, materials, and techniques used in the teaching of social studies at the elementary and middle school levels. Emphasis is placed on the social studies goals, writing objectives and lesson plans, assessment procedures, and the integration of other curricular areas. Critical and creative thinking skills are examined as they apply to the goals of social studies and planning. Cultural diversity, the integration of technology, and small group activities are also explored. Field experiences required. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC355 Teaching Math/Elem&Mid School (3 Credits)
EDU 355 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary and Middle Schools Three Credits The course examines effective teaching strategies for teaching mathematics to elementary and middle school students. It emphasizes placing students in a role where they actively think, reason, problem solve, and make sense of an inquiry-oriented, problem solving classroom environment. Students will examine children's strategies for making sense of various mathematical concepts and consider means of facilitating the development of these strategies. Thirty hours of field experience is required and will allow the student to practice some of the strategies discussed in class. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and an appropriate mathematics course which may be taken concurrently. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC356 Teaching Science/Elem&Mid (3 Credits)
EDU 356 Teaching Science in Elementary and Middle Schools Three Credits This course examines strategies for teaching science to elementary and middle school students. The students will be exploring the nature of inquiry and strategies for promoting, supporting, and assessing students' scientific inquiry. This course will seek to provide students with instructional tools to help children develop conceptual understanding of scientific concepts. Students will examine strategies for questioning, sequencing of lessons, assessing students' understanding, meeting students' needs in multi-ability settings, and involving more girls and minorities. Thirty hours of field experience is required and will allow students to practice some of the strategies discussed in class. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)
PHED356 Adapted Physical Education (3 Credits)
Designed to provide prospective teachers with experience in formulating individualized performance objectives, key teaching and therapy skills, and programming for specific problems in organization and administration of students with disabilities. Provides a brief review of the legislative and history of adapted physical education. (Offered spring semester.)
EDUC400 Early Professional Experience (1 Credit)
EDU 400 Early Experience One Credit After admission to the professional internship , candidates receive student teaching placements. Candidates work with their cooperating teachers during the first week of school. Five days of clinical experience required. Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Internship. (Offered fall semester)
EDUC401 Clinical Practice Elementary (4 Credits)
This course is a general methods course to prepare candidates for teaching at the elementary level. It is conducted with a amajor emphasis on actual clinical experiences focusing on the role of the elementary school teacher within the community, school, and classroom. Methods and techniques of classroom management, lesson planning, student assessment, and reporting are also considered, as candidates work with clinical instructors. As part of this clinical experience, students will complete a practice edTPA. Professional ethics and dispositions are also covered.
EDUC406 Student Teaching/El Sp Ed (7 Credits)
EDU 406 Elementary Special Education Student Teaching Six Credits Taken in conjunction with EDU 408; includes an eight-week assignment with elementary school students with disabilities. Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Internship. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC408 Student Teaching/Sec Sp Ed (7 Credits)
EDU 408 Secondary Special Education Student Teaching Six Credits Taken in conjunction with EDU 406 with an eight-week assignment with secondary school students with disabilities. Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Internship. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC413 Strategies for Special Education (3 Credits)
EDU 413 Adaptive Strategies for Special Education Three Credits This course focuses on multiple and diverse support systems for special education students. The content includes the design and delivery of moderate to intensive support systems, principles of instruction in community-based education, adaptive strategies and equipment, augmentative/assistive technology devices, curricular design and delivery, classroom design, collaborative planning and scheduling, and assessment of student progress and achievement. Prerequisite: EDU 280 and Admission to the Professional Semester. (Offered fall semester.)
EDUC418 Assessment Exceptional Children (3 Credits)
This course studies the educational assessment process and uses various assessment strategies to support the continuous development of all students. Appropriate formative and summative assessments for determining student needs, monitoring student progress, measuring student growth, and evaluating student outcomes will be examined. Students will collaboratively make decisions driven by data about curricular and instructional effectiveness and make adjustments to meet the needs of each student. Students in the course will research teaching as a profession understanding that a professional teacher maintains standards of professional conduct, and provides leadership to improve students' learning and well-being. Prerequisite: EDU 280 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered spring semester.)
EDUC419 Secondary School Programs/Adol Dis (3 Credits)
EDU 419 Secondary School Programs for Adolescents with Disabilities Three Credits Study of organizational, administrative, and curricular modifications necessary for adolescents with disabilities. Techniques to create work-study programs are also stressed. Prerequisite: EDU 280 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered spring semester.)
EDUC450 Characterstics of Disabilities (4 Credits)
This course investigates the philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of special education. Students in the course will research the impact disabilities have on the development of an individual and explore strategies to provide support for each student. Using the knowledge of effective written, verbal, and visual communication techniques students in the course will collaborate with peers and share decision making to solve the challenges that are present when a student has a disability. Prerequisite: EDU 280 and admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered fall semester.)
EDUC451 Methods/Materials Special Education (4 Credits)
This course analyzes the differing approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners. Students will plan and design instruction, and Individual Education Plans based on knowledge of the discipline, student, community, and curriculum goals. Students will learn to identify central concepts and methods of inquiry; use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development within the context of creating a positive learning environment. Twenty hours of field experience are required. Prerequisite : EDU 280, 450, and admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered spring semester.)
EDUC491 Seminar in Special Education (1 Credit)
EDU 490 Seminar in Special Education One Credit An exploration of legal responsibilities of teachers, and contemporary problems associated with classroom instruction and management and the application of critical thinking and inquiry in an attempt to resolve them. Prerequisite: Taken concurrently with student teaching. (Offered every semester.)

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