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Special Education (B.A.) 2014-2015 Catalog Year

College of Education

Department of Teacher Education and Research

The B.A. in Special Education is designed to prepare students to attain certification in Exceptional Student Education, K-12 grades, which cover teaching children with emotional and behavioral disorders, developmental disabilities/mental retardation, specific learning disabilities, and physical disabilities. Field experiences are central to the special education program and commence in the first semester with increasing involvement throughout the program.

Program Admission Requirements
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 on all hours attempted.
  • Pass all subsections of the FTCE or Praxis I. No exemptions can be considered.
  • Satisfy General Education requirements.
  • Satisfy Communication and Computation Skills.
  • Satisfy common prerequisite requirements.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (GEP) (36 hrs)
    Refer to the General Education Program for more information.

    1. Communication (6 hrs)
    2. Mathematics (6 hrs)
    3. Humanities (9 hrs)
    4. Social Sciences (6-9 hrs)
    5. Natural Sciences (6-9 hrs)

      Note: At least one Natural Sciences course must include a laboratory or field component. Courses meeting this requirement contain a “C” or “L” in their course numbers. Each combined lecture and laboratory course (marked with a C) is equivalent to taking the lecture and laboratory separately

  2. Common Prerequisites (variable)*

    1. EDF 2005 Intro to Teach Prof (3)*
    2. EDF 2085 Intro to Diversity for Educ (3)*
    3. EME 2040 Intro to Tech For Educ (3)*
    4. In addition to EDF 2085, a minimum of 6 hrs with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student is currently earning the Associate of Arts or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement

      *Courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better.

  3. Required Courses in the Major (63 hrs)
    The following course sequence assumes a fall start with full-time attendance. Students beginning in spring or summer or attending part-time should see a College of Education Advisor.
    • EDF 3253 Learning Mgmt in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
    • EDF 4112 Child Growth & Development (3)
    • EDF 4470 Classroom Assessment (3)
    • EDG 3323 Professional Teaching Practice (3)
    • EDG 4937 Sr Seminar - Initial Teach Prep
    • EEX 4050 Theories and Practices in Special Education (3)
    • EEX 4070 Integrating Exceptional Students in Regular Ed (3)
    • EEX 4221 Educational Assessment of Exceptional Students (3)
    • EEX 4474 Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities (3)
    • EEX 4604 Behav Mgmt SpecNeed/AtRisk Stud (3)
    • EEX 4940 Internship: Special Education (9)
    • EEX 4942 Integrated Field Experience: Special Ed (3)
    • MAE 4310 Math Content & Processes (3)
    • RED 4310 Early Learning Literacy (3)
    • RED 4350 Literacy Content & Process (3)
    • SCE 4310 Science Methods (3)
    • TSL 3080 Foundations of ESOL (3)
    • TSL 4340 Methods, Curr 7 Instruct Effect (3)
    • TSL 4520 Second Language Acquisition, Comm & Culture (3)

  4. University Requirements (3 hrs)
    • IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  5. Additional Electives (variable)
    Additional electives may be required to reach a minimum of 126 credit hours for the baccalaureate degree.


Additional Graduation Requirements
  • A grade of C or higher in all College of Education (COE) courses with an overall GPA of 2.5 in all COE coursework and in all coursework attempted.
  • Pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE), including the subject area examination and the Professional Education examination.
  • A minimum of 48 upper division hours (courses numbered 3000 and higher).
  • Complete 32 of the last 60 hours at FGCU.
  • Satisfy foreign language admission requirement.
  • Satisfy Service Learning requirement.
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes

The COE limits the transfer of coursework into its upper-division, undergraduate programs. To be considered, courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of C and no more than five years prior to the date of entry into the College of Education undergraduate program.

  • EDF 2005: may substitute EDF X005 (3)
  • EDF 2085: may substitute EDF X085 (3)
  • EME 2040: may substitute EME X040 (3)

For All Majors: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

Progression Requirements
  • In order to register for courses in Block 2, students must be admitted to the College of Education (see Program Admission Requirements).
  • In order to be placed in the Block 4 Integrated Field Experience, students must pass the FTCE Professional Education Test.
  • In order to be placed in a Block 5 Final Internship, students must have taken the FTCE Subject Area Exam.
  • Students will not graduate until all required tests of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam are passed.

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