2021-2022 Catalog

Special Education - Comprehensive K-12

Students in this program must be admitted to the Steps Through Educator Preparation Program (STEPP) to be considered a candidate for licensure, and must meet STEPP requirements at key checkpoints in their program. Cumberland University students who wish to become teacher candidates must see a Teacher Education Programs advisor for more information on teacher candidacy. Also refer to the Educator Preparation section of the Catalog.
 

 

 

Degree Requirements

Area I – Foundation Skills - 3 hours

FSL 101Foundations of Scholarship and Learning

3

FSL 101 is required for new and transferring freshmen with less than 24 credit hours. Students must earn a "C" or higher in FSL 101.

Area I - Rhetoric and Communication - 9 hours

ENG 101English Composition I

3

ENG 102English Composition II

3

BUA 251/ENG 251Business Communications

3

or

ENG 225Spoken Word and Public Performance

3

or

SPEE 220Fundamentals of Speech

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Area I - Mathematics - 3-4 hours

Choose one from the following:
MATH 110Mathematics for the Liberal Arts

3

MATH 111College Algebra

3

MATH 119Precalculus

3

MATH 121Calculus I

4

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Area I - Computer Literacy - 3-4 hours

ED 190Introduction to Computers for Instruction

3

or

CIS 170Intro to Microcomputer Applications

3

and

ED 191Computers in the 21st Century Classroom

1

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses. Students who have successfully completed CIS 170, must also complete ED 191 for teacher licensure.

Area II - The Arts - 3 hours

ART 191Enhancing Art Understanding

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Area II - Literature in English - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
ENG 215Introduction to Literature

3

ENG 216Topics in Literature

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Area II - The Social Sciences - 6 hours

PSY 211Psychology of Human Growth & Development

3

SOC 221Introduction to Sociology

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Area II - History - 6 hours

Choose one sequence from the following:
HIS 111History of Western Civilization I

3

and

HIS 112History of Western Civilization II

3

or

HIS 191World Civilization to 1500

3

and

HIS 192World Civilization since 1500

3

or

HIS 201History of the United States I

3

and

HIS 202History of the United States II

3

Area II - The Natural Sciences - 7-8 hours

Choose two different science disciplines from the following:
ASTR 100Introduction to Astronomy

4

BIO 100Principles of Biology

4

BIO 111General Biology I

3

CHEM 103Fundamentals of Chemistry

3

CHEM 103LFundamentals of Chemistry Lab

1

PS 100Physical Science

4

SCI 105Special Topics in Science

4

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

Required Professional Education Core Courses - 36 hours

ED 201Education as a Profession

3

ED 230/PSY 230Exceptional and Culturally Diverse Students

3

ED 300Instructional Assistance I

1

ED 301Instructional Strategies

3

ED 317Assessment

3

ED 322Education for the Developing Learner

3

ED 400Instructional Assistance II

2

ED 432Classroom Management

3

ED 433Applied Methods and Concepts

3

ED 435Enhanced Student Teaching

9

ED 436Student Teaching Seminar

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses. Exception: Students must earn a "B" or higher in ED 301.
ED 400, ED 432 and ED 433 must be taken the semester prior to student teaching and ED 300, ED 301, ED 317, ED 400, ED 432, and ED 433 professional education core courses require full admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Required Courses for Special Education - 36 hours

ED 304Strategies for Reading/Language Arts

3

ED 305Diagnostic Teaching of Reading

3

ED 340Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

3

PE 343Essentials in Adaptive Physical Education

2

MU 129Music Listening

3

SPE 340Language Development and Disorders

3

SPE 345Effective Collaboration

3

SPE 346Ethical & Professional Aspects of Special Education

3

SPE 350Assessment of the Exceptional Student

3

SPE 361Characteristics & Needs of Exceptional Students - Comprehensive

3

SPE 441Techniques & Strategies for Exceptional Students - Comprehensive

4

SPE 444/PSY 444Applied Behavior Analysis

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all courses.

General Electives - 2-7 hours

Select sufficient courses from any academic discipline to bring the total hours for graduation to a minimum of 120.

Total GEC credit hours (40-46 hours)
Total required Education core (36 hours)
Required courses for Special Education (36 hours)
General Electives (2-8 hours)

120 minimum hours for graduation.

All courses must have a "C" or higher, except for ED 301 which requires a "B" or higher.

Licensure: Candidates for a Tennessee teaching license must pass state-required exams to be qualified for a license. Exam requirements periodically change. Candidates must consult the Tennessee Department of Education and Educational Testing Service websites for a list of current licensure exams. Teacher licensure candidates are responsible for taking and passing the correct licensure examinations at specific times in their program of study as is detailed in the online Teacher Education Handbook.