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Liberal Studies Elementary Special Education BA

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

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 206 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 220 Collaboration and Communication in Early Childhood 2
EDEC 245 Early Childhood Health, Nutrition and Safety 3
EDUC 308 Social Studies Methods 2
EDEC 309 Material and Methods for Teaching Math/Science 3
EDEC 315 Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 317 Integrated Arts in Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 320 Positive Behavior Support Strategies in Early Childhood 2
EDEC 352 Methods of Instruction in Reading 3
EDEC 353 Material for Teaching Reading 3
EDEC 354 Methods for Assessment of Reading 3
EDEC 390 Working with Young Children, Families and Community 3
EDEC 424 Observation/Assessment in Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 450 Teaching Internship 3
EDUC 130 Professional Skills Development 1
EDUC 321 Techniques for Integrating Educational Technology in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom 3
EDUC 341 Processes and Acquisition of Reading 3
EDUC 499 Senior Internship Seminar 1-2
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 Studies 9 hours
EDUC 120 Educational Philosophy and Trends 3
EDUC 301 Issues in Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 418 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth 3
Scientific Studies 8 hours
BIOL Biology elective 4
If student takes BIOL 140 at WAU, the health elective is waived.
MATH Mathematics elective 4
Societal Studies 9 hours
EDUC 242 Human Learning 3
HIST 125/126 World History 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
Required Cognate 3 hours
HIST 275/276 United States History I or II 3

 

III. General Education Requirements

41 hours

NOT to be repeated in major.
CHEM/BIOL/PHYS Science elective 4
COMM 105 Introduction to Oral Communication 3
INSY 110/CPTR 105 Introduction to Computers 3
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
ENGL 102 Research and Literature 3
GEOG Geography elective 3
HLSC/NUTR Health elective 2
HMNT Humanities elective 3
INTD 315 Ethics in Modern Society 3
INTD 327 Issues in Religion and Culture 3
LITR Literature elective 3
MATH Mathematics elective 4
PEAC Physical Education activity elective 1
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
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 425 Applied Measurement and Assessment for Exceptional Students 2
EDSP 440 Instructional Methods for Students with Disabilities 3
EDSP 450E Student Teaching – Elementary Internship I 5
EDUC 130 Professional Skills Development 1
EDUC 305 Health/Science Methods 3
EDUC 308 Elementary Social Studies Methods 2
EDUC 319 Mathematics Methods 3
EDUC 320 Classroom Management 3
EDUC 321 Techniques for Integrating Educational Technology in the Classroom 3
EDUC 341 Processes and Acquisition of Reading 3
EDUC 352 Methods of Instruction in Reading 3
EDUC 353 Material for Teaching Reading 3
EDUC 354 Methods for Assessment of Reading 3
EDUC 424 Educational Assessment 3
EDUC 450E Student Teaching Internship 5
EDUC 499 Senior Internship Seminar 1-2
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 Studies 9 hours
EDUC 120 Educational Philosophy and Trends 3
EDUC 301 Issues in Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 418 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth 3
Scientific Studies 12 hours
MATH Elective 4
MATH Elective 4
BIOL Biology elective* 4
*If student takes BIOL 140 at WAU, Health elective is waived.
Societal Studies 9 hours
EDUC 242 Human Learning 3
HIST 125/126 World History 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
Required Cognate 3 hours
HIST 275/276 United States History I or II 3

 

III. General Education Requirements

41 hours

NOT to be repeated in major.
BIOL/CHEM/PHYS Science Elective 4
COMM105 Introduction to Oral Communication 3
INSY 110/CPTR 105 Introduction to Computers 3
ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGL 102 Research and Literature 3
GEOG Geography elective 3
HLSC/NUTR Health elective 2
INTD 315 Ethics in Modern Society 3
INTD 327 Issues in Religion and Culture 3
MATH Mathematics elective 4
LITR Literature elective 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
PEAC Physical Education activity elective 1
HMNT Humanities elective 3
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 206 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 220 Collaboration and Communication in Early Childhood 2
EDEC 245 Early Childhood Health, Nutrition and Safety 3
EDEC 302 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 2
EDUC 305 Promoting Literacy and Language in Young Children 2
EDEC 309 Material and Methods for Teaching Math/Science 3
EDEC 310 Teaching Experiences 5
EDEC 311 Programming and Planning for Primary Aged Children 3
EDEC 312 Programming and Planning for Preschoolers 3
EDEC 313 Programming and Planning for Infants and Toddlers 3
EDEC 315 Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 317 Integrated Arts in Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 320 Positive Behavior Support Strategies in Early Childhood 2
EDEC 390 Working with Young Children, Families and Community 3
EDEC 424 Observation/Assessment in Early Childhood Education 3
EDUC 130 Professional Skills Development 1
EDUC 321 Techniques for Integrating Educational Technology in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom 3
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 Studies 9 hours
EDUC 120 Educational Philosophy and Trends 3
EDUC 301 Issues in Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 418 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth 3
Scientific Studies 12 hours
MATH Elective Mathematics elective 4
MATH Elective Mathematics elective* 4
BIOL Biology elective 4
*If student takes BIOL 140 at WAU, Health elective is waived.
Societal Studies 9 hours
EDUC 242 Human Learning 3
HIST 125/126 World History 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
Required Cognate 3 hours
HIST 275/276 United States History I or II 3

 

III. General Education Requirements

38 hours

NOT to be repeated in major.
ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGL 102 Research and Literature 3
COMM 105 Introduction to Oral Communication 3
INSY 110/CPTR 105 Introduction to Computers 3
INTD 315 Ethics in Modern Society 3
INTD 327 Issues in Religion and Culture 3
LITR Literature elective 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
GEOG Geography elective 3
PEAC Physical Education activity elective 1
HLSC/NUTR Health elective 2
HMNT Humanities elective 3
Electives 5
Upper-division courses must total at least 36 hours.

Total

120 hrs

 

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