B.S.Ed. in Special Education - PreK-8 And Middle Grades Preparation (4-8)

College of Education and Social Work
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement3
Mathematics for Teachers of Children I
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Fulfilled by required science content
Behavioral and Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
LIT 220 must be one of the Humanities courses.
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Nine credits of general education electives are required for graduation. Students wishing to graduate earning 135 credits and be eligible for grades 4-8 certification and special education PreK-8, must utilize their electives to complete their chosen area(s) of concentration.
Writing Emphasis requirments9
Major Requirements
EDA 103Foundations of Special Education3
EDA 203Field: Students with Exceptionalities3
EDA 314Curriculum and Instruction for Individual Learning Differences I3
EDA 321Behavior Management & Field Experience6
EDA 361Assessment and Special Education3
EDA 413PreK-8 Aspects of Transition3
EDA 421Curriculum and Instruction for Individual Learning Differences II and Field6
EDA 429Communication Development and Assistive Technologies for Students w/ Disabilities3
EDA 416Student Teaching for Exceptional Learners6
or EDA 417 Student Teaching for Exceptional Learners
EDP 200Middle Grades Cognition3
EDP 201Young Adolescent/Adolescent Development and Learning Theories3
EDP 354Assessment for Learning: Middle Grades3
EDR 345Literacy Development and Students in Inclusive Classrooms3
MGP 220Field Experience: Middle Level Environment3
MGP 335Teaching Social Studies in Middle Grades3
SCE 330Science Methods for Middle Level (4-8)3
Related/Cognate Requirements
Students wishing to obtain certification to teach in grades 4–8 must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of related course work in each of four generalist content areas: mathematics, reading/language arts, science, and social studies. Of these four generalist areas, students must complete one 21 credit area of concentration . Students choosing the science concentration area will complete 9 generalist credits of history. Students choosing the history concentration area will complete 9 generalist credits of science. See the department’s degree guidance sheet for courses in the 21- and 30-credit options. Students are encouraged to choose their concentration(s) based on their area(s) of interest for teaching grades 7 and 8.
MAT 101Mathematics for Teachers of Children I3
MAT 102Mathematics for Teachers of Children II3
MAT 351Methods for Teaching Children Math3
MAT 353Methods for Teaching Middle School Mathematics 13
or MAT 352 Methods for Teaching Children Mathematics II
Reading/Language Arts
EDR 306Teaching Language Arts 4-83
EDR 308Foundations in Reading 4-83
EDR 318Reading Instruction and Practicum 4-86
Students must complete 3 courses from the listing below: Students concentrating in science should consult with their advisor regarding courses to select for access to upper level science courses.
ESS 101Introduction to Geology3
BIO 110General Biology3
or BIO 100 Basic Biological Science
CHE 107 & CRL 1074
PHY 130General Physics I4
SCI 101The Carbon Cycle 23
or SCI 102 Electricity With Physical And Bio Applic
Social Studies
GEO 101World Geography3
HIS 150The American Experience 33
or HIS 151 History of the United States I
HIS 344History of Pennsylvania3
PSC 100U.S. Government and Politics3
Student Teaching
MGP 410Student Teaching6
or MGP 411 Student Teaching
Total Minimum Credits Required135
Other Degree Completion Requirements
Students seeking PDE teaching certification in Special Education must be enrolled in another teacher certification content area (PreK-4 or 4-8)

Students must receive a C or better in all special education and supporting courses, maintain a 2.80 GPA, and achieve a GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for certification.

All Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Special Education PreK-8 teacher certification applicants are subject to dual certification requirements at the time of application. See the PDE for certification requirements.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.