Academic Catalog

Special Education (B.S.)

The special education curriculum leads to a bachelor’s degree in education and certification in the area of cognitive impairment.

Admission: Level 1

Entry to the College of Education

All students intending to pursue a teaching curriculum who enter the University directly from high school, or transfer from other colleges are directly admitted by the University Admissions Office into the College of Education in Level 1 status. 

Admission: Level 2

Entry to Professional Education Sequence

The standards listed below apply to those students entering the College of Education at Level 2: those working for a secondary or elementary school teaching certificate; those in a combined degree program; and those previously admitted at the freshman or sophomore level to the College of Education.

Eligibility for admission is based on the following criteria:

  1. Satisfactory completion of fifty-three semester or eighty quarter credits of course work with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or above. In addition, the grade point average for any courses taken at Wayne State University must be 2.5 or above. This coursework should generally conform to the Level 1 courses prescribed by the College for students who expect to prepare for teaching. The quality of work, especially in the major area, must indicate a strong potential for success in a teacher-education program.
  2. Intermediate Composition Competency Requirement: All Education students must satisfactorily complete the University intermediate composition competency requirement prior to admission.
  3. Physical Health: Definite standards of health must be met by all students entering the College. All students are required to present a negative tuberculosis (T.B.) test prior to admission.
  4. Group Work Experience: All students must have verifiable successful group work (forty hours) experience with children.
  5. Criminal History Check: All students must submit a current (within the last six months) statewide criminal history check.
  6. Elementary Education: Students seeking admission to Elementary Education must complete MAT 1110
  7. Special Education: Students seeking admission to Special Education must have completed the following courses:
    MAT 1110Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I (or have appropriate prerequisite math course in progress)3
    PSY 1010Introductory Psychology4
    PSY 2400Developmental Psychology4
    Select one of the following:3-4
    Biology Today
    An Introduction to Life
    Basic Life Diversity
    Basic Life Mechanisms
    Biological Sciences for Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  8. Secondary Education: Students seeking admission to Secondary Education must have twelve-semester credits completed in the major
  9. Specific Prerequisites or other special requirements of the curriculum area for which the student is applying.

Application for Level 2 Standing

Upon completion of a minimum of fifty-three-semester credits of college coursework and all other Level 2 admission requirements, students should apply for College of Education Level 2 standing. Applicants who have completed college work in institutions other than Wayne State must first apply for admission through the University Office of Admissions.

Students who intend to receive degrees from other colleges in the University AND a teaching certificate from the College of Education must apply to the Combined Program through Academic Services, 489 Education Building. All applicants to Level 2 must attend Cornerstone Welcome.

Program Requirements

All students must complete University General Education Requirements, the Cognitive Impairment concentration (some of these courses may also satisfy the University General Education Requirements), and the required courses for at least one grade band concentration (e.g., PK-3 or 3-6 grade band concentration). The total number of credit hours for the degree varies from 141 to 144 depending on how General Education Requirements are met.

Students may elect to complete the Adapted Physical Education K-12 concentration in addition to the requirements listed above. Electing to add the Adapted Physical Education K-12 concentration will result in 15 additional credit hours.

No grade below ‘C’ may be used to meet any requirement specific to the Special Education major or the PK-3 and 3-6 grade band concentrations.

Areas of Study (Special Education)

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in education leading to an endorsement in Cognitive Impairment must complete the following major requirements. The courses cited in the major, with the exception of SED 5000 and TED 2200, may be completed only after admission to the Special Education Program. All students must complete the Cognitive Impairment courses, as well as courses in at least one grade band (e.g., PK-3 or 3-6 grade bands). 

Cognitive Impairment K-12

SED 5000History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Teaching Students with Disabilities2
TED 2220Foundations III: Foundations of Inclusive Schooling 2
SED 5075Consultation and Collaboration for Inclusive Teaching2
SED 5080Supportive Environments, Engaged Learning2
SED 5090Transitions for Students with Disabilities2
SED 5110Introduction to Teaching Students with Moderate/Significant Support Needs3
SED 5115Observation and Assessment of Students with Moderate/Significant Support Needs3
SED 5121Language Development and Instruction for Students with Moderate/Significant Support Needs2
SED 5125Teaching Students with Significant/Multiple Support Needs3
SED 5130Teaching Students with Moderate Support Needs3
TED 5790Directed Teaching and Conference for Special Groups6
Total Credits30

 PreK-3 Grade Band

TED 2020Technology Integration in Teaching 3
TED 2200Foundations I: Foundations of Education in Urban Spaces2
TED 2205Foundations Field Experience 1
TED 2210Foundations II: Intersections of Culture, Language, Identity & Schooling2
TED 2220Foundations III: Foundations of Inclusive Schooling 2
TED 5100Professional Engagement, Advocacy, and Instructional Planning2
EDP 3310Educational Psychology3
MAT 1110Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I3
MAT 1120Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II3
SCE 2100Integrated Science Content PK-63
SCE 2105Integrated Science Lab PK-61
ELE 6020Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
ELE 6205Literacy Foundations3
ELE 6200Diverse Children’s Literature for Elementary Teachers3
ELE 6211Literacy Clinical Experience (PK-3) 1
ELE 6210Literacy Methods I (PK-3)3
ELE 6225Literacy Methods II (PK-6)3
ELE 6350Mathematics Foundations (PK-6)3
ELE 6370Mathematics Methods (PK-3)3
ELE 6375Mathematics Clinical Experience (PK-3)1
ELE 6550Science Curriculum and Methods (PK-6)2
SSE 5720Social Studies Disciplines for Elementary Teachers I3
SSE 6720Social Studies Disciplines for Elementary Teachers II3
ELE 6600Social Studies Methods (PK-6)3
ELE 6100Planning and Implementing Preschool Curriculum3
ELE 6800Methods for Integrated Curriculum and Pedagogy (PK-6)3
ELE 6805Clinical Experience for Integrated Curriculum and Pedagogy (PK-6)2
TED 5780Student Teaching & Seminar1-12
Total Credits68-79

3-6 Grade Band

TED 2020Technology Integration in Teaching 3
TED 2200Foundations I: Foundations of Education in Urban Spaces2
TED 2205Foundations Field Experience 1
TED 2210Foundations II: Intersections of Culture, Language, Identity & Schooling2
TED 2220Foundations III: Foundations of Inclusive Schooling 2
TED 5100Professional Engagement, Advocacy, and Instructional Planning2
EDP 3310Educational Psychology3
MAT 1110Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I3
MAT 1120Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II3
SCE 2100Integrated Science Content PK-63
SCE 2105Integrated Science Lab PK-61
ELE 6205Literacy Foundations3
ELE 6200Diverse Children’s Literature for Elementary Teachers3
ELE 6215Literacy Methods I (3-6)3
ELE 6216Literacy Clinical Experience (3-6)1
ELE 6225Literacy Methods II (PK-6)3
ELE 6350Mathematics Foundations (PK-6)3
ELE 6380Mathematics Methods (3-6)3
ELE 6385Mathematics Clinical Experience (3-6)1
SSE 5720Social Studies Disciplines for Elementary Teachers I3
SSE 6720Social Studies Disciplines for Elementary Teachers II3
ELE 6600Social Studies Methods (PK-6)3
ELE 6500Science Curriculum and Methods (3-6)3
ELE 6550Science Curriculum and Methods (PK-6)2
ELE 6800Methods for Integrated Curriculum and Pedagogy (PK-6)3
ELE 6805Clinical Experience for Integrated Curriculum and Pedagogy (PK-6)2
TED 5780Student Teaching & Seminar1-12
Total Credits65-76

Adapted Physical Education K-12 Concentration (Optional)

Students may elect to complete the Adapted Physical Education K-12 concentration in addition to the requirements listed above.

Courses that are included in Cognitive Impairment or in either of the grade bands listed above:
SED 5000History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Teaching Students with Disabilities2
SED 5080Supportive Environments, Engaged Learning2
TED 2220Foundations III: Foundations of Inclusive Schooling 2
Additional courses required for the Adapted PE Concentration:
HPE 6400Physical Activity in Pediatric Disabilities (Additional courses required for the Adapted PE Concentration:)3
HPE 6410Teaching Adapted Physical Activity and Sport3
HPE 6420Teaching Aquatics to Special Populations3
HPE 6430Physical Activity Assessment in Special Populations3
HPE 6440Leadership Training and Practicum in Adapted Physical Education3
Total Credits21
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