Bachelor of Education in Special Education

Special Education means specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of individuals with special needs. The B.A. in Special Education is designed for students interested in providing services to individuals with special needs. This program provides students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to become highly qualified special educators who can help students with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and in the community. The study plan includes a combination of academic and professional coursework with field experience in the classroom that prepares graduates for teaching in the real world. The program gives the students the opportunity to select a concentration track within two areas of Special Education. These concentration tracks include mild/moderate disabilities and gifted and talented.

Program Objectives

  • Acquire thorough knowledge of the philosophical, historical, and legal foundation of Special Education.
  • Understand the diverse educational strengths and needs of all students with special needs.
  • Acquire knowledge of the unique strategies, instructional approaches, and assessment which will promote maximum learning and social and emotional growth in all students with special needs.
  • Establish a learning environment that supports the learning of all students.
  • Understand the cultural and social contexts in which students with special needs live and learn.
  • Gain communication skills needed to manage the complexities of teaching for learning in all educational settings.
  • Have commitment to high standards of ethical practices and professionalism.
  • Understand collaborative relationships and its value in fostering communication among schools, homes and the communities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Acquire thorough knowledge of the philosophical, historical, and legal foundation of the education of exceptional children.
  • Use multiple assessment data in making educational decisions for students with Mild/Moderate disabilities and Gifts and Talents.
  • Locate and critically use relevant, meaningful, and evidence-based instructional and assistive technologies that will promote maximum learning and social and emotional growth in students with Mild/Moderate disabilities and Gifts and Talents.
  • Establish a research-based responsive learning environment for students with Mild/Moderate disabilities and Gifts and Talents.
  • Examine the cultural and social contexts in which students with exceptionalities live and learn.
  • Assess language development and communication skills of children with exceptionalities using research-based practices.
  • Use effective communication skills (oral and writing) and diverse collaborative models to promote the well-being of individuals with exceptionalities across a wide range of settings.
  • Manage consistently and sensitively ethical practices and professionalism in the area of Special Education.
  • Design research-based and appropriate learning experiences for students with Mild/Moderate disabilities and Gifts and Talents in academic subject matter content of the general curriculum.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 126 hours

General Education (Req. CH:39)


Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FOED102Professional Ethics in Education  13.000
1 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU103Introduction to Academic English For Education3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHI180Critical Thinking3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PSY313Educational Psychology  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEO200World Regional Geography3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH120Contemporary Applications of Math3.000
STAT101Statistics in the Modern World3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG205Introduction to Fish & Animal Science3.000
ARAG220Natural Resources3.000
BION100Biology and its Modern Application3.000
CHEM181Chemistry in the Modern World3.000
FDSC250Contemporary Food Science & Nutrition3.000
GEOL110Planet Earth3.000
PHED201Physical Fitness and Wellness3.000
PHYS100Astronomy3.000
PHYS101Conceptual Physics3.000

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SPED441Capstone Experience in SPED/Mild/Mod Disabilities3.000
SPED444Capstone Experience in SPED/Gifted & Talented  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major

 

College of Education


Required Courses (15.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR101Educational Technology3.000
CURR102Principles of Curriculum & Instruction3.000
FOED101Learning Communities3.000
FOED350Educational Research3.000
SPED101Education of Exceptional Children3.000

 

Special Education Major


Required Courses (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SPED210Assessment in Special Education3.000
SPED211Technology Applications in Special Education3.000
SPED220Classroom Behavior Management3.000
SPED221Collaboration (Home, School & Community)3.000
SPED222Language & Communication Disorders3.000
SPED313Early Intervention in Special Education3.000
SPED314Differentiating Instruction3.000
SPED321Gifted and Talented3.000
SPED332Introduction to Rehabilitation3.000
SPED400Practical Experiences in Special Education3.000

Suppporting Required Courses Outside of SPED (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ENG300Critical Reading in the Disciplines 3.000
ENG310Writing for Research3.000
HIS422Mod. & Con. History of Africa3.000
MATH305Mathematics For Teachers I3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
PSY414Introduction to Health Psychology3.000

 

Major Specialization Tracks


Major Specialization Mild/Mod Disabilities (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SPED312Individuals with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3.000
SPED361Teaching Children with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3.000
SPED415Education Diagnosis/ Remediation of Literacy/Math Disabilities3.000
SPED461Student Teaching in SPED/Mild and Moderate Disabilities  49.000
4 : Co-Requisite: SPED 441 Capstone Experience

Major Specialization Gifted and Talented (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SPED331Curriculum & Materials for the Gifted3.000
SPED326Educating Gifted and Talented Students in the Regular Classroom3.000
SPED416Research Seminar for Gifted & Talented3.000
SPED464Student Teaching in SPED/Gifted & Talented  59.000
5 : Co-Requisite: SPED 444 Capstone Experience

Free Electives (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours

 

 
 
26-Oct-2017