If you have a passion to work with children of all academic abilities, our BA in Special Education is ideal for you. Graduates are qualified to become special education teachers for grades kindergarten through 12.
As a special education major, you'll learn the skills essential to working with exceptional students - one-on-one or in general, inclusion and resource classroom settings. In addition, the bachelor's in special education gives you the knowledge, leadership skills and experience to make a difference in the classroom.
Not available for international students.
SNHU'S BA in Special Education offers many distinct advantages, including:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your BA in Special Education at SNHU include:
There's a critical shortage of professional special education teachers in districts throughout the country. Special education teaching opportunities are expected to grow by 17 percent in the next decade, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher's license or endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
Students study issues and legislation related to the best teaching and learning practices for students with disabilities. You'll learn traditional, innovative and research-based approaches that support the instructional and transitional needs of students with disabilities. Coursework includes a combination of core education theory and special education concentration classes.
Free elective Credits: 3
This basic course for classroom teachers explores various techniques necessary for designing and implementing authentic measures to assess successful student learning.
This course develops students' knowledge and skill with technology with the ultimate aim of using technology to enhance student learning and achievement. This course also introduces students to learning target (standards/outcomes) and a general model of curriculum development, implementation and assessment. Offered every fall and spring.
The course will examine several major theoretical perspectives on literacy development from K through 4th grade. Students will explore and create literacy environments that encourage the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking in the early elementary classroom. Students will also learn a variety of effective strategies for the instruction and assessment of reading and writing in the early elementary classroom. Differentiating instruction to meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and with special needs will be integrated into the course content.
This course will introduce students to classroom structures that support differentiated instruction and other research-based approaches for effective teaching. Topics include lesson planning and reflection, state standards and grade level expectations, small group and whole group instruction, and assessment tools and strategies.
This course examines teaching strategies and techniques for early childhood, elementary education, middle school, and high school. Students will conduct in-depth study of behavior theory and practical application in the classroom environment. Students will learn to promote learning environments where students can set goals and accept responsibility for their own learning. Modification and accommodations will be researched at each level discussing the best approaches depending upon the age of the child. Alignment with the regular education curriculum includes a review of the Grade Level Expectations and the Grade Span Expectations and Common Core Standards. Students will leave this class with a good understanding of the progression and development of students with disabilities K-12 personally, socially physically, and academically. TCP acceptance is required.
This course is a study of mathematics taught in grades K-6 and the current methods for teaching this content. Extensive experience with manipulative materials is provided. Field experiences are required. TCP acceptance is required.
This course focuses on the attributes of struggling readers and writers, on diagnosing difficulties and developing literacy intervention plans. Students do a case study by performing a literacy diagnosis of one struggling student, developing an intervention plan and beginning its implementation. TCP acceptance is required.
This course will examine processes for differentiating instruction to maximize learning by creating different learning experiences in response to students' varied needs. Special Education, English Learners, and cultural and linguistic diversity will be covered. TCP acceptance is required.
This course will explore types of disabilities, developmental delays and exceptionalities, as well as the effects of disabling conditions on cognitive, physical, language, social and emotional development and functioning of children birth to grade 3. Additional topics include the identification and evaluation of children with exceptional learning needs, as well as instructional methodology and strategies for selecting and modifying materials and equipment to provide differentiated instruction that addresses and accommodates individual strengths and challenges. Legal requirements and responsibilities for providing education to students with special needs will be addressed. Students will become familiar with the purposes and procedures for developing and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEPs), 504s, and Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs).
Students will examine the personal, physical, social and academic issues related to programming for children with disabilities. An emphasis is placed on practical aspects of behaviors associated with a child's disability and the importance of the classroom environment. This course also addresses the history of Special Education, as well as current trends and research. This is the foundation course for certification or licensure as a General Special Education Teacher Grades K-12. Federal and state legislation will be reviewed as well as the NH State Standards for Children with disabilities and include the Individuals with Disabilities Act as it relates to the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorized as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) including title II of the ADA and section 504 and The Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1973, as amended.
This course provides students with deep understanding of children with disabilities and specific characteristics of disabilities and how they impact learning in the general curriculum. Students will examine and be prepared to define ways in which such disabilities are diagnosed and possible strategies and techniques (to include assistive technology) to assist the student in the general classroom to the extent possible. Tiered Support Systems will be discussed as a general education initiative that can serve the needs of all students. Students will research resources available for families and schools to support the needs of disabled children. The role of the family and school as partners will be developed as a critical technique to serve the needs of students, as well as facilitating effective meetings and communication efforts that must be part of the role of special educator.
This course presents the IEP process from referral to completion. Student will be expected to clearly define roles and responsibilities within the school for the special education teacher, the general education teacher, paraprofessionals, and other personnel within the school. Additionally, students will examine and develop a process to meaningfully engage parents in the process preschool through age 21. TCP acceptance is required.
This course focuses on formative and summative assessments used within the general education classroom, as well as specialized assessments and observations for children with disabilities. Students will complete this course with an understanding of assessment terminology, test interpretation, and implications regarding access to the general education curriculum. TCP acceptance is required.
The Internship is a culmination of a student's field experiences. It consists of a minimum of 75 clock-hours in the field and is accompanied by seminar meetings to provide opportunities for the analysis, evaluation and discussion of field experience.
The purpose of this course is to engage students in meaningful exploration of theories, basic concepts, and research methodologies in psychological development. Students will gain an understanding of patterns of human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, and social-emotional development and the interplay between these areas. This course will also explore the roles of environmental and genetic factors, culture and history, continuity and change in development. Offered every semester.
Two (2) Free Electives
Content Concentration Courses
Complete fifteen (15) credits in one of the following approved areas of
concentration (3-6) of these credits are earned as a part of the General
Economics: Select 5 ECO courses
English: Select 5 ENG courses
Fine Arts: Select 5 FAS courses
Humanities: Select 5 courses from the following, with no less than two from
any one area: ENG, HIS, LIT or PHL
Literature: Select 5 LIT courses
Mathematics: Select 5 MAT courses
Philosophy: Select 5 PHL courses
Politics: Select 5 POL courses
Psychology: Select 5 PSY courses
Science: Select 5 SCI courses
Self-designed: A student proposed concentration of study, requiring faculty approval
Social Sciences: Select 5 courses from the following, with no less than two
from any one area: ECO, POL, PSY, or SOC
Sociology: Select 5 SOC courses
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