BS Four-Year Degree Plan

Our department is committed to assisting you to graduate in four years. The following is a sample schedule for the special education/cross categorical degree. Your actual schedule will vary. Check out the special education course rotations before you develop your own graduation plan.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators 4
HST 121 or 122 Survey of History of U.S. 3
Total hours18

Second semester (spring) - Take the MoGEA

CoursesHours
EDC 150 Introduction to Teaching 0
ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators 4
GEC 111 Human Cultures Humanities 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours16

Third Semester (fall) - Take the MEP

CoursesHours
SPE 310 Introduction to Special Education 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
MTH 320 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers 3
GRY 100 World Regional Geography 3
GEC 112 Human Cultures - The Arts 3
GEC 116 Public Affairs - Public Issues 3
Total hours18

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
SPE 345/346 Educational Evaluation of Exceptional Students/Lab 4/2
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction 3
SPE 560 Working with Families of Exceptional Individuals 3
ENG 334 Literature for Children 3
Total hours18

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
SPE 515 Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis and Interventions for Teachers in Applied Settings 3
SPE 320 Introduction to Teaching Cross Categorical Special Education 3
EDC 350 School and Society 3
RDG 420 Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary Schools 3
RDG 421 Practicum-Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary Schools 2
CSD 312 Normal Language Acquisition 3
Total hours17

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
SPE 516 Application of Applied Behavior Analysis and Interventions for Teachers in Applied Settings 3
SPE 550 Career/Vocational Education and Transition 3
SPE 521 Methods II: Functional Living Skills and Health Issues 3
SPE 522 Practicum-Instruction of Students with Developmental Disabilities and Other Health Impairments 2
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall) - Take the Content Assessment

CoursesHours
SPE 517 Direct Instruction in Reading and Language Arts 3
SPE 519 Methods I: Cognitive and Behavioral Teaching Approaches for Exceptional Learners 3
SPE 520 Practicum-Teaching Individuals with Learning and Behavioral Disorders 2
KIN 545 Perceptual and Motor Development 3
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media 3
Total hours16

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
SPE 495 Supervised Teaching-Special Education 9
SPE 496 Seminar: Supervised Teaching-Special Education 3
SPE 591 Clinical Practicum in Special Education 1-3
Total hours10-12

Requirements for admission to Teacher Education include: Passing all sections of the Missouri State Board of Education entry examination, completion of the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP), EDC 150 with a “P”, COM 115 completed “C”>, SPE 310 completed “C”>, a 2.75 GPA, Family Care Safety Registry on file, and Checkpoint One. When requirements are met, the PEC will evaluate your credentials for admission to T.E. There is no application to fill out.

As per DESE directives, GPA requirements listed below are effective fall 2013:
                2.75 overall GPA for admission to Teacher Education program
                2.75 overall GPA and 3.00 content (major) GPA for assignment to supervised teaching
                2.75 overall GPA, 3.00 content (major) GPA and 3.00 GPA in Professional Education for graduation &
                              certification recommendation

         (Individual programs will determine at what point in the program content GPA applies)