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Course Requirements – Special Education: Paraprofessional Pathways

Major in Special Education: Para-Professional Pathways to Teaching SM

While students must complete a full general education sequence, the following specific general education courses must be chosen to meet the requirements for this major:

  • BIO 108 Introduction to Life Sciences/lab (3 credits)
  • CIS 103 Computer Technology: Applications for Educators (3 credits)
  • HST 105 or 106 Introduction to American History I or II (3 credits)
  • PHY 108 Introduction to Physical Science/lab (3 credits)
  • PSY 200 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDU 203 Survey of Learners with Exceptionalities (3 credits)
  • EDU 234 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits)


Courses Required in the Major:

  • EDU 203 Survey of Learners with Exceptionalities (3 credits)
  • ED U 234 Philosophical Foundations of Education (2 credits)
  • EDU 266 Methods of Teaching Literacy (6 credits)
  • EDU 306 Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities (3 credits)
  • EDU 320 Transition/Career Education (2 credits)
  • EDU 323 Mild and Moderate Disabilities in Special Education: Identification and Instruction (6 credits)
  • EDU 330 Multisensory Methods for the Social Studies Classroom (4 credits)
  • EDU 350 Reading in the Content Areas (3 credits)
  • EDU 355 Analysis and Correction of Math Difficulties (2 credits)
  • EDU 392 Educational Assessment and Diagnosis (3 credits)
  • EDU 394 Counseling Techniques (3 credits)
  • EDU 400 Classroom/Behavior Management Techniques (3 credits)
  • EDU 411 Clinical Practice for Paraprofessionals−Pathways Only (3 credits)
  • EDU 465 Special Education Field Experience (8 credits)*

*Partial credit may be granted for experience.


Courses Required in Other Disciplines:

  • CDS 105 Speech and Language Development of the Normal and Exceptional Child (3 credits)
  • MTH 350 Methods of Teaching Mathe matics — Elementary/Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • BIO 370 Methods of Teaching Science — Elementary/Early Childhood (2 credits)
  • FCS 119 Essential Concepts for Health and Fitness (3 credits)


Graduation Requirement
Students must complete one course in religion. REL 225 World Religions is highly recommended.