Special Education, BAE

Offered in: Chicago

The College of Education has five undergraduate programs: Early Childhood Education, Educational Studies, Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Special Education. The college also works jointly with the Chicago College of Performing Arts to deliver a program in Music Education. All of these programs, with the exception of Educational Studies, focus on teacher preparation.

The College of Education has a history of serving nontraditional as well as traditional undergraduate students, and schedules are designed to meet the needs of full-time as well as part-time students. All teacher preparation programs are offered at the Chicago campus and are a part of the New Deal Teacher Academy.

Undergraduate programs within the College of Education prepare students to transform schools and communities in the pursuit of knowledge and social justice. Through the continuous evaluation and refinement of academic programs and courses, offerings are kept current and relevant to real-world contexts and professional standards of quality. Experienced, dedicated and culturally diverse faculty work collaboratively with students to foster knowledge and skills with respect to diverse learners, instruction, assessment and research. Talent and resources from a variety of disciplines are integrated and used, as are cutting edge technologies. All programs require a variety of field and clinical experiences that augment and integrate academic studies.

Roosevelt's program in Special Education is a Pre-K to age 21 teacher licensure program leading to the LBS1 endorsement. Completion of the program qualifies graduates to teach children with all areas of special education needs, with the exception of sensory impairments and communication disorders. The LBS1 classification includes the former categories of learning disabilities, mental retardation, severe emotional and behavior disorders, other health impairments, traumatic brain injury, autism, and physical disabilities. In addition to a well-rounded general education program of study, undergraduates are required to complete the sequence of professional courses found under the Requirements section during their junior and senior years.

Requirements

Students are formally admitted to the teacher preparation program when they earn a passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or substitute an ACT or SAT score that meets the state's criterion, have a minimum 2.7 GPA in all undergraduate courses, and have demonstrated professional dispositions. Students may take general education requirements and the following four education courses without having earned admission to the program.

EDUC 202CHILD DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING, AND MOTIVATION3
EDUC 303HEALTH FOR EDUCATORS3
EDUC 311ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT3
SPED 219EXCEPTIONAL CHILD & YOUTH3
Total Credit Hours12

In order to enroll in the remainder of the academic major, students must have earned admission to the teacher preparation program. 

SPED 301FOUNDATIONS & COMMUNITY3
SPED 303FIELD EXPERIENCE I1
READ 320TEACHING READING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
SPED 328FIELD EXPERIENCE II1
SPED 340ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SPED 341METHODS OF TEACHING MATH IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
SPED 342CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON COGNITION4
SPED 343CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON BEHAVIOR4
SPED 345CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON PHYSICAL HEALTH4
SPED 346CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON LEARNING4
SPED 350TECHNOLOGY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SPED 361INTERNSHIP IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SPED 366STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR: SPECIAL EDUCATION8
Total Credit Hours45

Field and clinical experiences

Field experiences in special education involve urban and suburban placements and must include culturally diverse learners. Experiences consist of involvement in special education settings ranging from inclusion to self-contained, and involve teacher candidates in individual, small group, and whole class instruction, observation, and participation in community based activities. minimum of 100 hours of field experiences is required prior to student teaching.

Placement in student teaching is planned with consideration for each student’s needs and interests. A College of Education faculty member as well as a resident, experienced teacher supervises each student. Formal application is required approximately two semesters in advance of student teaching. To earn admission to student teaching, a student must have passed the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency, the LBS1 Content Test, and the Special Education General Curriculum Test.

In addition, all students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 in their undergraduate courses, and a 3.0 GPA in their academic major. All general education and academic major course requirements must be completed with grades of C or higher (C- grades are unacceptable). The edTPA test should be taken during student teaching. This test is required for licensure. No other course may be taken, nor may a student be employed, during student teaching.

Licensure requirements

Students who intend to teach at the middle school level are strongly recommended to include an 18-semester-hour concentration in a teachable content area in addition to EDUC 313 FOUNDATIONS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL. Three of these courses must be taken at the 300-level. Students who intend to teach at the high school level are recommended to have a 32 credit hour major in a teachable subject at the high school level.

Students must consult a College of Education advisor to determine which courses (Roosevelt or transferred) are acceptable toward fulfillment of all degree and licensure requirements. Students completing the program and applying for licensure must meet the general education requirements listed below.

Licensure course requirements

Communication Skills
Written Communication6
Humanities
Total Required Humanities (must include American History)9
THE UNITED STATES TO 1865
THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1865
Mathematics
MATH 105FOUNDATIONS OF ARITHMETIC3
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above)3
Non-Western/Third World/Multicultural
Asia, African, Central/South America or Native American or their descendants in the US (may also be counted in Humanities or Social Science)3
RU Mission-Related Courses
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR3
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
Must include biological science with a lab and PHSC 1057
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Social Science
UNITED STATES POLITICS
PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Total Required Social Science 9
Total Credit Hours52