Special Education License (SPED)

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Objectives

This program leads to a state license in Special Education of students with mild to moderate disabilities or a license in special education of students with severe disabilities. The program may be taken as an undergraduate major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, as an undergraduate minor, or as part of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT) or Master of Education (MED) Program.

Admission to the Program

Undergraduate students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (as outlined in the Education/Teacher Education Programs section of this catalog) prior to enrolling in any special education course except SPED 303/503. Students who already have a baccalaureate degree and a teaching certificate must be admitted under the Master of Education admissions procedure outlined in the MED section of the Graduate Academic Catalog. All coursework must be planned with the student’s advisor. Special Education majors must have an academic or teaching content minor. Acceptable academic or teaching minors and acceptable transfer academic or teaching minors must be approved by the dean or program director.

Students who are seeking their first licensure must take a minimum of 30 credit hours in education at Westminster College and must also meet college residency requirements. All coursework must be planned with the student’s advisor.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Special Education License program:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • Liberal education distribution

Major in Special Education

  Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Education major:
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)
MATH 141 College Algebra, LE (4) MATH 105 or placement test
Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Admission to the Program 0
Completion of Teacher Education Program Admission
II. Cultural Awareness 0–4
While the themes of diversity and cultural awareness run throughout the program, a specific cultural awareness requirement is also included to help our students become better teachers of the diverse student populations in Utah and the U.S. This requirement may be met by successfully completing one of the following:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in a second language:
    -Complete a second semester college-level language course
    -Receive a passing score on a Level 1 CLEP language exam
    -Receive a passing score on a 102-level BYU language proficiency   exam
    -Provide evidence of another language as your first language
  2. A May term study experience approved by the School of Education
  3. A semester of study abroad approved by the School of Education
  4. Student teaching in a foreign country or other alternate placement approved by the School of Education
III. Prerequisite Courses 11
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)
MATH 141 College Algebra, LE (4)
(or higher level equivalent)
MATH 105 or placement test
EDUC 220 Math for K–6 Teachers I (3) MATH 141
IV. Core Courses 46
EDUC 252 Developmentally Appropriate Teaching and Learning (4)
EDUC 302 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (4) co-requisites: EDUC 303
EDUC 303 Teaching with Technology (1) co-requisites: EDUC 302 (LE)
EDUC 311 English Learners in All Classrooms (2) EDUC 302 (LE)
EDUC 363* Literacy Foundations, Assessment and Instruction (3) EDUC 252, 302 (LE)
EDUC 364* Teaching Methods: Reading and Language Arts (3) EDUC 252, 302 (LE)
EDUC 368* Math Methods for K–6 Teachers (3) EDUC 220, 221
EDUC 369 Literacy Assessment & Intervention (1) EDUC 252, 302 (LE)
EDUC 391 Portfolio Preparation (1) consent of instructor
EDUC 418 Special Education Student Teaching Seminar (2) consent of instructor
SPED 303 Roles of the Special Educator (3)
SPED 308* Principles and Application of Special Education Assessment (3) SPED 303
SPED 377 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)
SPED 385* Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3)
SPED 390 Special Education Student Teaching (10) consent of instructor
* Students are required to spend fifteen clock hours in a field placement.
V. Methods Courses 6
Students obtaining a license or endorsement in Mild/Moderate Special Education take:
SPED 335* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods K–6 (3) EDUC 302 (LE), SPED 303;
co-requisites: SPED 308
SPED 340* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods 7–12 (3) SPED 303, 308, 335; co-requisites: SPED 385
Students obtaining a license or endorsement in Severe Special Education take:
SPED 336* Severe Special Education Methods K–6 (3)
EDUC 302 (LE), SPED 303;
co-requisites: SPED 308
SPED 341* Severe Special Education Methods 7–12 (3) SPED 303, 308, 336; co-requisites: SPED 385
* Students are required to spend twenty clock hours in a field placement.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION MAJOR 63–67

Completion of an approved academic or teaching minor is required (see individual program listings for details).

Students must pass the requisite Praxis Test before applying for student teaching.

Recommended Plan of Study

*The program plan below is a sample plan for students wishing to complete an accelerated 3-year program.  Please contact the Undergraduate Program Director for a plan tailored to your specific needs and interests*

Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer Year 1
Liberal Education Courses
MATH 141
EDUC 302
EDUC 303
Liberal Education Courses
PSCY 105
EDUC 252
Liberal Education Courses
EDUC 305
Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2 Summer Year 2
Liberal Education Courses
SPED 303
EDUC 311
EDUC 221
EDUC 362
EDUC 363 & 369
SPED 308
SPED 335/336
Liberal Education Courses
SPED 377
EDUC 342
Fall Year 3 Spring Year 3 Summer Year 3
EDUC 364
EDUC 368
EDUC 391
SPED 385
SPED 340/341
EDUC 418
SPED 390

Special Education Endorsement Program Requirements

Students who choose not to major in Special Education may earn an endorsement in Special Education in addition to an elementary or secondary teaching license. Requirements for the endorsement are:

(1) Admission to the Elementary preparation program, or (2) admission to the Master of Education program with a basic/standard teaching certificate.

Completion of the following courses for endorsement (may be taken at the undergraduate numbered in the 300s or graduate level numbered in the 500s).


Special Education Endorsement Program Requirements

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Core Courses 16
SPED 303/503 Roles of the Special Educator (3)
SPED 308/508* Principles and Application of Special Education Assessment (3) SPED 303
SPED 377/577 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)
SPED 385/585* Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3) SPED 303, 308 and 335 or 336; co-requisites: SPED 340 or 341
SPED 390/590 Student Teaching in Special Education (4) consent of instructor
II. Methods Courses 6
Students obtaining an endorsement in Mild/Moderate Special Education take:
SPED 335* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods K–6 (3) SPED 303
SPED 340* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods 7–12 (3)
Students obtaining an endorsement in Severe Special Education take:
SPED 336* Severe Special Education Methods K–6 (3) SPED 303
SPED 341* Severe Special Education Methods 7–12 (3) SPED 303
* Students are required to spend fifteen clock hours in a field placement.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM 22

Special Education Major with Dual Endorsement in Mild/Moderate and Severe Special Education

  Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Education major:
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)
MATH 141 College Algebra, LE (4) MATH 105 or placement test
Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Admission to the Program
Completion of Teacher Education Program Admission
II. Cultural Awareness 0–4
While the themes of diversity and cultural awareness run throughout the program, a specific cultural awareness requirement is also included to help our students become better teachers of the diverse student populations in Utah and the U.S. This requirement may be met by successfully completing one of the following:
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in a second language:
    -Complete a second semester college-level language course
    -Receive a passing score on a Level 1 CLEP language exam
    -Receive a passing score on a 102-level BYU language proficiency   exam
    -Provide evidence of another language as your first language
  2. A May term study experience approved by the School of Education
  3. A semester of study abroad approved by the School of Education
  4. Student teaching in a foreign country or other alternate placement approved by the School of Education
III. Prerequisite Courses 14
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology, LE (4)
MATH 141 College Algebra, LE (4)
(or higher level equivalent)
MATH 105 or placement test
EDUC 220 Math for K–6 Teachers I (3) MATH 141
EDUC 221 Math for K-6 Teachers II (3) MATH 141
IV. Core Courses 50
EDUC 252 Developmentally Appropriate Teaching and Learning (4)
EDUC 302 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (4) co-requisites: EDUC 303
EDUC 303 Teaching with Technology (1) co-requisites: EDUC 302 (LE)
EDUC 311 English Learners in All Classrooms (2) EDUC 302 (LE)
EDUC 363* Literacy Foundations, Assessment and Instruction (3) EDUC 252, 302 (LE)
EDUC 364* Teaching Methods: Reading and Language Arts (3) EDUC 252, 302 (LE)
EDUC 368* Math Methods for K–6 Teachers (3) EDUC 220, 221
EDUC 369 Literacy Assessment & Intervention (1) EDUC 252, 302 (LE)
EDUC 391 Portfolio Preparation (1) consent of instructor
EDUC 418 Special Education Student Teaching Seminar (2) consent of instructor
SPED 303 Roles of the Special Educator (3)
SPED 308* Principles and Application of Special Education Assessment (3) SPED 303
SPED 377 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3) SPED 303
SPED 385* Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3) SPED 303
SPED 390 Special Education Student Teaching (14)
(10 weeks in primary placement, 6 weeks in secondary placement)
consent of instructor
* Students are required to spend fifteen clock hours in a field placement.
V. Methods Courses 12
SPED 335* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods K–6 (3) SPED 303
SPED 336* Severe Special Education Methods K–6 (3) SPED 303
SPED 340* Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods 7–12 (3) SPED 303
SPED 341* Severe Special Education Methods 7–12 (3) SPED 303
* Students are required to spend fifteen clock hours in a field placement.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM 76-80

A minor is not required for this program.
Students must pass the requisite Praxis Test before applying for student teaching.

Recommended Plan of Study

Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer Year 1
Liberal Education Courses
MATH 141
EDUC 302
EDUC 303
Liberal Education Courses
PSCY 105
EDUC 252
Liberal Education Courses
EDUC 305
Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2 Summer Year 2
Liberal Education Courses
EDUC 220
SPED 303
EDUC 221
EDUC 363 & 369
SPED 308
SPED 335
SPED 336
SPED 377
Fall Year 3 Spring Year 3 Summer Year 3
EDUC 364
EDUC 368
EDUC 391
SPED 385
SPED 340
SPED 341
EDUC 418
SPED 390