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Undergraduate Catalog 2012 - 2013 
Undergraduate Catalog 2012 - 2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, B.S. in Ed.

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Degree Granted: Bachelor of Science in Education

Specialization Options: Mild/Moderate Educational Needs; Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs

Minimum Hours Required for Degree: Licensure as a Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist: 120 to 134 hours; Licensure as a moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist: 127 to 141 hours.

Teaching Credential: Ohio four-year Resident Educator teaching license as a Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist (ages 5 through 21 and grades K through 12). Requires successful completion of all program requirements, acceptable scores on applicable PRAXIS II examinations required for licensure and highly qualified teacher status (HQT) by the State Board of Education, and a passing score on the portfolio Checkpoint 4.

Portfolio: All teaching license students are expected to maintain a portfolio while completing their professional coursework and field experiences. The portfolio will evolve from a working portfolio to a professional portfolio and finally to an employment portfolio. In it, students are responsible for housing various required and optional artifacts that demonstrate their level of competency in each of the outcomes of their program.

At various portfolio checkpoints, students must meet specific portfolio criteria in order to be eligible to continue to the next phase of their program. For complete information on portfolios, students are strongly encouraged to access the Student Portfolio Handbook available at

As of Fall semester, 2007, all students entering teacher license programs are required to maintain their portfolios in the Cleveland State University ePortfolio System.  As of Fall semester 2012, all students entering teacher licensure programs must maintain their portfolio using TaskStream.

Accreditation: Having met current curriculum guidelines set by the Council for Exceptional Children, the Special Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Admission to Major: Must be admitted to the College of Education and Human Services (requires 2.50 cumulative grade-point average). Must also be accepted into a College of Education and Human Services program. This requires 2.50 cumulative grade-point average, grade of C or better on college-level English composition course, grade of C or better on college-level math course, an intake interview, and verification of good moral character.

Advising: Admission and program guidelines may be secured from the Education Student Services Center, Julka Hall 170A, 216-687-4625. Continuing academic, personal, and professional advising is available from assigned faculty advisers and the College Advising Office.

Evening Program: No evening program as students - must be available for field placements in area schools during the day; however, those classes that do not require fieldwork are generally offered in the evenings.

Department Office: Teacher Education; Julka Hall 302A, (216) 687-4600. Primarily designed to provide course work in the education of learners with exceptional needs. Available program options in the field of special education permit concentrated study in one of two areas: Learners with Mild or Moderate Educational Needs or Learners with Moderate or Intensive Educational Needs.

The specialization in Mild/Moderate Educational Needs is designed to prepare candidates to develop, implement, and evaluate individualized programs for children and adolescents ages 5 through 21 who have special academic and social adjustment needs. These individuals are typically identified as having a specific learning disability, mild/moderate intellectual disabilities, or mild/moderate behavioral disorders. Students who complete this program are eligible for provisional licensure as a mild/moderate intervention specialist and will demonstrate diagnostic skills and competencies in the assessment of academic and social needs as they particularly apply to the development and delivery of instruction in both general and special education classrooms.

Alternatively, the Moderate/Intensive Educational Needs specialization is intended to prepare candidates to work with children and youths ages 5 through 21 who have moderate, severe, or profound intellectual disabilities; emotional disorders; or multiple disabilities. Students who complete this program are eligible for provisional licensure as a Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist and will demonstrate skills in curriculum design and implementation, interdisciplinary teaming, and working with parents of individuals with exceptional needs.

Major-Field Requirements

Required Courses:

A. General Education and Prerequisite Requirements (47-61 hours)

The courses listed in this section are designed to meet GenEd 2008 requirements and provide coursework prerequisite to the professional and major components of the program. In some cases, the listed courses exceed the university GenEd 2008 requirements.NOTE: The list of approved GenEd 2008 courses is continually updated; program and department advisers should be consulted for the latest list.

1. Basic Foundation

Breadth of Knowledge

4. Natural Sciences

5. Social Sciences

6. Arts and Humanities

  • Arts and Humanities course selected from approved list (3 hours)
  • Second Arts and Humanities course selected from approved list, from department other than first course and focusing on a society other than U.S. (Africa, Asia, Latin American, or Middle East) (3 hours)  
7. Social Diversity

Additional Components

8. Writing/Speaking Across the Curriculum

9. Capstone Experience

  • Student Teaching and Seminar (taken as part of major) 
11. Foreign Language (if required)

  • 2 semesters of foreign language or 2 semesters of American Sign Language (ASL) and 1 foreign culture course (0-12 hours) 

B. Professional Education Requirements (10 hours)

Core course work in education and related professional experiences are included in this area for a total of 10 hours. Where applicable, all prerequisites must be met prior to enrollment in these courses. In addition, EDB 301  and EDB 302  must be taken concurrently. The Professional Education courses must be completed first in the education sequence as they are perquisites for most of the major-field requirements.

C. Major-Field Requirements (63-70 hours)

Course work in special education and related professional experiences are included in this area for a total of 63 to 70 hours depending on choice of specialty in mild/moderate or moderate/intensive educational needs. Because certain courses in these sequences must be taken concurrently or in a prescribed order, students are strongly advised to seek assistance from the Education Student Services Center (JH 170A) before registering for classes.

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