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Liberal Studies Elementary Special Education BA

Education / Liberal Studies

Professional Studies Program
Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Studies: Early Childhood
Education/Special Education
Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Studies: Elementary Education/
Special Education
Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Studies: Early Childhood
Care and Education
Contact:  Jamesa Lewis | 301-891-4130
jalewis@wau.edu

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Professional Studies Program

Early Childhood Education/Special Education | Birth – Third Grade

Leads to dual teacher certification in Early Childhood Education (pre-K through third grade) and Special Education (birth through age 8) for adult students who enter with 56 semester credit hours or more.

I. Unified Theme — Professional Education

51 hours

EDEC 206Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
EDEC 220Collaboration and Communication in Early Childhood2
EDEC 245Early Childhood Health, Nutrition and Safety3
EDUC 308Social Studies Methods2
EDEC 309Material and Methods for Teaching Math/Science3
EDEC 315Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood Education3
EDEC 317Integrated Arts in Early Childhood Education3
EDEC 320Positive Behavior Support Strategies in Early Childhood2
EDEC 352Methods of Instruction in Reading3
EDEC 353Material for Teaching Reading3
EDEC 354Methods for Assessment of Reading3
EDEC 390Working with Young Children, Families and Community3
EDEC 424Observation/Assessment in Early Childhood Education3
EDEC 450Teaching Internship3
EDUC 130Professional Skills Development1
EDUC 321Techniques for Integrating Educational Technology in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom3
EDUC 341Processes and Acquisition of Reading3
EDUC 499Senior Internship Seminar1-2
Note: Courses may overlap between Unified Theme and Cultural, Scientific and Societal studies. Courses may not overlap between General Education requirements and the major requirements.

 

II. Liberal Studies Themes

29 hrs

Cultural Studies9 hours
EDUC 120Educational Philosophy and Trends3
EDUC 301Issues in Multicultural Education3
EDUC 418Education of Exceptional Children and Youth3
Scientific Studies8 hours
BIOLBiology elective4
If student takes BIOL 140 at WAU, the health elective is waived.
MATHMathematics elective4
Societal Studies9 hours
EDUC 242Human Learning3
HIST 125/126World History3
PSYC 210Developmental Psychology3
Required Cognate3 hours
HIST 275/276 United States History I or II3

 

III. General Education Requirements

41 hours

NOT to be repeated in major.
CHEM/BIOL/PHYSScience elective4
COMM 105Introduction to Oral Communication3
INSY 110/CPTR 105Introduction to Computers3
ENGL 101First-Year Composition3
ENGL 102Research and Literature3
GEOGGeography elective3
HLSC/NUTRHealth elective2
HMNTHumanities elective3
INTD 315Ethics in Modern Society3
INTD 327Issues in Religion and Culture3
LITRLiterature elective3
MATHMathematics elective4
PEACPhysical Education activity elective1
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
Upper-division courses must total at least 36 hours.

Total

121 hours

Elementary/Special Education | Grades 1 – 6

Leads to dual teacher certification in Elementary Education (first through sixth grade) and generic Special Education. Program for adult students who enter with 56 semester credit hours or more.

I. Unified Theme — Professional Education

46 hours

EDSP 425Applied Measurement and Assessment for Exceptional Students2
EDSP 440Instructional Methods for Students with Disabilities3
EDSP 450EStudent Teaching – Elementary Internship I5
EDUC 130Professional Skills Development1
EDUC 305Health/Science Methods3
EDUC 308Elementary Social Studies Methods2
EDUC 319Mathematics Methods3
EDUC 320Classroom Management3
EDUC 321Techniques for Integrating Educational Technology in the Classroom3
EDUC 341Processes and Acquisition of Reading3
EDUC 352Methods of Instruction in Reading3
EDUC 353Material for Teaching Reading3
EDUC 354Methods for Assessment of Reading3
EDUC 424Educational Assessment3
EDUC 450EStudent Teaching Internship5
EDUC 499Senior Internship Seminar1-2
Note: Courses may overlap between Unified Theme and Cultural, Scientific and Societal studies. Courses may not overlap between General Education requirements and the major requirements.

 

II. Liberal Studies Themes

33 hours

Cultural Studies9 hours
EDUC 120Educational Philosophy and Trends3
EDUC 301Issues in Multicultural Education3
EDUC 418Education of Exceptional Children and Youth3
Scientific Studies12 hours
MATH Elective4
MATH Elective4
BIOLBiology elective*4
*If student takes BIOL 140 at WAU, Health elective is waived.
Societal Studies9 hours
EDUC 242Human Learning3
HIST 125/126World History3
PSYC 210Developmental Psychology3
Required Cognate3 hours
HIST 275/276 United States History I or II3

 

III. General Education Requirements

41 hours

NOT to be repeated in major.
BIOL/CHEM/PHYSScience Elective4
COMM105Introduction to Oral Communication3
INSY 110/CPTR 105Introduction to Computers3
ENGL 101Composition3
ENGL 102Research and Literature3
GEOGGeography elective3
HLSC/NUTRHealth elective2
INTD 315Ethics in Modern Society3
INTD 327Issues in Religion and Culture3
MATHMathematics elective4
LITRLiterature elective3
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
PEACPhysical Education activity elective1
HMNTHumanities elective3
Upper-division courses must total at least 36 hours.

 

Total

122 hrs

Early Childhood Care and Education| Birth – Age 8 | Non-Certification

I. Unified Theme — Professional Education

49 hours

EDEC 206Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
EDEC 220Collaboration and Communication in Early Childhood2
EDEC 245Early Childhood Health, Nutrition and Safety3
EDEC 302Administration of Early Childhood Programs2
EDUC 305Promoting Literacy and Language in Young Children2
EDEC 309Material and Methods for Teaching Math/Science3
EDEC 310Teaching Experiences5
EDEC 311Programming and Planning for Primary Aged Children3
EDEC 312Programming and Planning for Preschoolers3
EDEC 313Programming and Planning for Infants and Toddlers3
EDEC 315Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood Education3
EDEC 317Integrated Arts in Early Childhood Education3
EDEC 320Positive Behavior Support Strategies in Early Childhood2
EDEC 390Working with Young Children, Families and Community3
EDEC 424Observation/Assessment in Early Childhood Education3
EDUC 130Professional Skills Development1
EDUC 321Techniques for Integrating Educational Technology in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom3
Note: Courses may overlap between Unified Theme and Cultural, Scientific and Societal studies. Courses between General Education requirements and the major requirements may not overlap.

 

II. Liberal Studies Themes

33 hours

Cultural Studies9 hours
EDUC 120Educational Philosophy and Trends3
EDUC 301Issues in Multicultural Education3
EDUC 418Education of Exceptional Children and Youth3
Scientific Studies12 hours
MATH ElectiveMathematics elective4
MATH ElectiveMathematics elective*4
BIOLBiology elective4
*If student takes BIOL 140 at WAU, Health elective is waived.
Societal Studies9 hours
EDUC 242Human Learning3
HIST 125/126World History3
PSYC 210Developmental Psychology3
Required Cognate3 hours
HIST 275/276 United States History I or II3

 

III. General Education Requirements

38 hours

NOT to be repeated in major.
ENGL 101Composition3
ENGL 102Research and Literature3
COMM 105Introduction to Oral Communication3
INSY 110/CPTR 105Introduction to Computers3
INTD 315Ethics in Modern Society3
INTD 327Issues in Religion and Culture3
LITRLiterature elective3
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
GEOGGeography elective3
PEACPhysical Education activity elective1
HLSC/NUTRHealth elective2
HMNTHumanities elective3
Electives5
Upper-division courses must total at least 36 hours.

Total

120 hrs

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