Special Education is a broad term that describes the programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of students with varying exceptionalities. The Special Education specialization will prepare you to teach and work with students with specific learning disabilities (SLD), intellectual and developmental disabilities (InD), and emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD) in diverse instructional settings, including the general education classroom.
Special Education Specialization
Education (BS) Special Education Specialization This specialization certifies you to teach students with mild exceptionalities in grades K-12.
What is Special Education?
What Will I Learn?
- Learn evaluation techniques and procedures for identifying children with exceptionalities
- Design classroom tests and examine test data to facilitate decision about students’ learning
- Learn about classroom organization, behavior management, and communication skills appropriate for managing the spectrum of behaviors found in exceptional students, including students with emotional and behavioral disorders
- Develop and implement culturally-responsive teaching practices
- Use appropriate evidence-based strategies to differentiate instruction for students with diverse learning needs
Using content-area knowledge, you will graduate knowing how to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for students across all grade levels. Our graduates are prepared to enter the field of Special Education as professionals who are knowledgeable, reflective, and informed advocates for students with mild exceptionalities.
Where Can I Teach?
Earlier and more accurate identification of students with special needs has led to an increase in the amount and type of instructional services that are needed and appropriate for these students. The demand for highly-trained and qualified special-education teachers is critical throughout the state of Florida. As a Barry graduate, you will be equipped with the skills needed to effectively plan and prepare appropriate instruction for all your students.
You may consider becoming a:
- Special education resource and/or inclusion teacher (grades K-12)
- Lead teacher/specialist of students with high-incidence disabilities
- Community-based specialist to assist young adults with disabilities learn vocational and post-secondary skills
- Special-education mentor and/or tutor in various private organizations or instructional centers
Did you know...
With one additional year, you are able to complete your Master of Science degree? This will build on your undergraduate coursework.
Special Education Specialization Curriculum
This course presents an overview of the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical exceptionalities of children and the disability laws that protect their rights to a free and appropriate education. In addition, this course examines the formal and informal evaluation techniques and procedures to provide an objective data base for individualized instruction for children with exceptionalities. Students gain experience in designing classroom tests and examine test data to facilitate decision making. Prerequisites: EDU 160 and EDU 221. Fall course only.
This course examines and evaluates curriculum models, including the administration of instructional systems and curriculum materials necessary for students with disabilities. Individualized educational programs and transition planning for post school life are explored and developed. Field experience required. Prerequisite: ESE 201. Spring course only.
This course introduces and evaluates instructional strategies for children with specific learning (LD) disabilities and intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD) based on the development, implementation, and evaluation of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Field experience required. Prerequisite: ESE 202. Spring course only.
This course analyzes the various forms of classroom organization, behavior management, and communication skills appropriate for managing the spectrum of behaviors found in exceptional students, including students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Emphasis is placed on the implementation of developmentally appropriate strategies, functional behavioral assessments, and positive behavioral supports in inclusive settings. Field experience required. Prerequisite: ESE 302. Spring course only.