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Special Education Department Programs


Major in Special Education (BA)

Education students may select a major in special education or a dual major in elementary and special education. The major program meets requirements for special education licensure set by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED.

Special education students receive instruction in using evidence-based teaching approaches for students with exceptionalities. Field-base experiences are integrated into the instructional program. Students must complete the requirements for entrance to the Teacher Preparation Program.

The following requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better for entrance to the Teacher Preparation Program:

GNED 201 Introduction to Teaching (3) or its equivalent
SPED 214 Introduction to Special Education (3)

Required courses: 30 credit hours

GNED 251 Field Base I Teacher Prep Experience (1) or its equivalent
GNED 351 Field Base II Teacher Prep Experience (2) or its equivalent
GNED 444 Computer Applications in Education (3)
RDED 411 Teaching & Diagnosis of Reading (3)
SPED 401 Diagnosis of the Exceptional Child (3)
SPED 410 Curriculum & Methods for Students with Mild and Moderate Exceptionalities (3)
SPED 420 Curriculum & Methods for Students with Severe Exceptionalities (3)
SPED 430 Reading Instruct in Special Education (3)
SPED 451 Field Base III Teacher Prep Experience: Special Education (6) or its equivalent
SPED 455 Classroom Management (3)
*SPED 455 is taken in conjunction with SPED 451 as Field Base III block.

Major Total: 36 credit hours

Prerequisites for Program Entry: 6 credit hours
Education Required Core: 54 credit hours*
Minor/2nd Major/Electives: 30 credit hours

Degree Total: 120***

*This major requires 6-credit hours of mathematics.

**This major requires a minor, second major or completion of an associate’s degree. The degree total may be exceeded if proficiency courses are needed.


Minor in Special Education

The minor in special education is available to students completing a teacher preparation (i.e. majoring in elementary education or minoring in secondary education). This minor satisfies university requirements. However, it does not satisfy New Mexico Public Education Department licensure requirements.

Prerequisite: 3 credit hours

SPED 214: Introduction to Special Education (3)

Required: 24 credit hours

SPED 2/434: Practicum in Special Education (1—6)
SPED 401: Diagnosis of the Exceptional Child (3)
SPED 410: Curriculum & Methods for Students with Mild and Moderate Exceptionalities (3)
SPED 420: Curriculum & Methods for Students with Severe Exceptionalities (3)
SPED 430: Reading Instruction in Special Education (3)
SPED 451 Field Base III Teacher Prep Experience: Special Education (6)
SPED 455: Classroom Management in Special Education (3)
Minor Total: 24 minimum credit hours

 


Minor in Gifted and Talented Education

The minor in gifted and talented education is available to students completing a teacher preparation (i.e. majoring in elementary education or minoring in secondary education). This minor satisfies university requirements. However, it does not satisfy New Mexico Public Education Department licensure requirements.

SPED 412 Foundations of Gifted Education (3)
SPED 414 Instructional Strategies for Gifted Education (3)
SPED 416 Instructional Planning & Curriculum: Gifted Education (3)
SPED 418 Twice Exceptional & Gifted Student (3)
SPED 422 Learning Environment & Social Interaction: Gift Education (3)
SPED 424 Family of Children with Exceptional & Gifted (3)
SPED 426 Ethical Practices: Student w/Exception & Gifted (3)
SPED 428 Achievement Test: Children w/Exception & Gifted (3)

Minor Total: 24 minimum credit hours


 

 

Dual Major in Elementary/Special Education (BA)

A dual major in elementary/special education is offered. Students complete all the courses required for elementary and special education majors. No minor is required.

A dual major in elementary/special education is offered. Students complete all the courses required for elementary and special education majors.  No minor is required.

The following requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better for entrance to the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisites:

GNED 201 Introduction to Teaching (3)
SPED 214 Introduction to Special Education (3)
Required credits: 58 credit hours
RDED 315 Early Literacy (3)
RDED 411 Teaching/Diagnosis of Reading (3)
ELEM 312 Teaching Elementary School Math (3)
ELEM 317 Multicultural Education (3)
ELEM 361 Assessment and Evaluation of Students (3)
ELEM 417 Teaching English as Second Language (3)
ELEM 442 Teaching Elementary School Science & Social Studies (3)
ELEM 451 Field-Base III Teacher Prep Experience: Elementary (6)
GNED 251 Field-Base 1 Teacher Prep Experience (1)
GNED 351 Field-Base 11 Teacher Prep Experience (2)
GNED 444 Computer Application in Education (3)
GNED 445 Knowledge of the Profession (3)*
SPED 401 Diagnosis of the Exceptional Child (3)
SPED 410 Curriculum & Methods for Students with Mild and Moderate Exceptionalities (3)
SPED 420 Curriculum & Methods for Students with Severe Exceptionalities (3)
SPED 430 Reading Instruct in Special Education (3)
SPED 455 Classroom Management (3)
ELSP 452 Field Base III Teacher Prep Experience: Dual Major Elementary/Special Education (6)

Dual Major Total: 58
 Prerequisites (6)


This program is under the School of Education