All undergraduate Special Education and Childhood Education majors must complete a 30-hour concentration in an academic area.
In order to provide the in-depth experience required by the state, 18 credits of each concentration must be at the 300 or 400 level. Since many concentration courses may also be used in completing the college's Intellectual Foundations (IF) requirement, a concentration should be selected as early as possible. A teacher candidate should be aware of the possibility for double- or triple-dipping some of their concentration courses with either distribution or IF requirements.
The roadmaps included under the concentration tabs below include suggestions to maximize double and triple dipping; however, it should be noted that there are several ways to complete most of the concentrations. It is important for candidates to seek advisement each semester and to review the department handbook for a list of courses that are needed to fulfill each of the concentrations.
Note: A course taken to meet the concentration, distribution, or professional sequence requirement cannot be taken Pass/Fail.
Early and careful planning with an advisor will be necessary in order to meet all requirements within the 120 credit hour minimum requirement for graduation. However, it must be noted that students might exceed the 120 credit hour minimum in order to complete the degree. Students must indicate their choice of concentration when applying for the major. Once a concentration is chosen and recorded, it will appear on the student's DegreeWorks.
The six approved concentrations include:
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