Apr 23, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Special Education

Special Education: Standard Special Option (B.S.)

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Total Semester Hours Required for the Degree: 130 semester hours

Semester Hours Required for the Special Education: Standard Special Option: 93 semester hours

Professional Course Work

(81 semester hours)

Other Requirements:

(21 semester hours)

  • PLS 1153G or HIS 3600G or an equivalent US Constitution course
  • Senior Seminar


1 Minimum of eight (8) semester hours experience in a high school setting and eight (8) semester hours experience in an elementary/middle grade setting.  One of the assignments must be with a “resource” teacher.

2 HST 1120 may be waived with current CPR card.  A minimum of three semester hours of HST/KSS 3000 required.

One lab science is required with a minimum of 7 semester hours in Science coursework

Successful completion of two courses in a single foreign language is a graduation requirement; 2 years in foreign language in high school with a “C” or better each semester may be substituted for requirement.

A three-semester hour diversity course and a third world/non-western course are required. One course may satisfy both requirements and may be a Humanities or Social Science course.

Selection to Teacher Education programs should occur following the freshman year but no later than the end of the sophomore year (for transfer students this should occur no later than the end of their first semester. Selection requires that students pass the Illinois Licensure Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). Students can substitute ACT plus Writing or SAT scores for the TAP if they meet the minimum scores set by the Illinois State Board of Education.  These scores can be found at http://www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached or by contacting the CEPS Dean’s Office.

University Approval to Take Teacher Education Courses should occur at the end of the first semester junior year with Formal University Admission to Teacher Education occurring at the end of the junior year. See the Teacher Licensure Program section of this catalog for more information.

Departmental Approval to Student Teach must be granted prior to Student Teaching.

The State of Illinois requires that the Special Education LBS I Test and the Special Education General Curriculum Test be passed prior to commencement of student teaching.

Students must pass edTPA (teacher performance assessment) before they can receive their teaching license from Illinois or any other state. Students will make their edTPA submission during student teaching.

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