Barbara C. Gartin
Program Coordinator
118 Peabody Hall
479-575-3548
bgartin@uark.edu

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers programs that prepare candidates for initial teacher licensure in Special Education.  Graduates of the B.S.E. in Special Education will prepare students to teach special education to students with diverse disabilities from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Students wishing to pursue a major in Special Education declare the Pre-Special Education (PSPED) preparation emphasis until formal admission to the major is approved by program faculty. 

General Requirements

  1. Students must pass Praxis Core or ACT by meeting or exceeding the Arkansas Department of Education cut-off scores. This test should be taken after the student has completed 30 credit hours and upon completion of ENGL 1013, ENGL 1023, and MATH 1203.  Enrollment for the spring semester, sophomore year is not permitted unless all three parts of Praxis Core are passed, and
  2. All CIED courses must have a grade of "C" or higher. All SPED courses must have a "B" or higher prior to the student teaching semesters.  No teaching methods courses may be taken by as self-paced (correspondence) courses.  
  3. Students must complete and successfully pass the criminal background check before beginning field experiences in the schools in the fall semester of the sophomore year and every year as needed.   
  4. Application to the Special Education Professional Course of Study is made through the Teacher Education Office (see the Teacher Education Application Fee) in the fall semester of the sophomore year after completing the first 30 hours on the program of study.  A maximum number of special education candidates will be accepted each year.  Thus, admission is competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not automatically result in admission to the program.  Candidates will be ranked according to the following:
    • Praxis Core scores
    • Cumulative GPA
    • Criminal background check
    • Interview
  5. Continuation to senior year Teaching Internship block is based on the following:
  6.  Praxis II: Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications scores
  7. Cumulative GPA
  8. Criminal background check

6.  Licensure requirements include the following.

  • Students must successfully complete the 2 semesters of Teaching Internship with a "B" or higher.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Students must pass Praxis II: Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications by meeting or exceeding the Arkansas Department of Education cut-off scores.

Special Education Requirements (SPED)

University Core (State Minimum Core)35
Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)
College Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa) (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)
Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Physics for Elementary Education Majors (Sp)
History of the American People to 1877 (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2113) (Sp, Su, Fa)
History of the American People, 1877 to Present (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2123) (Sp, Su, Fa)
American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003) (Sp, Su, Fa)
General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Family Relations (Sp, Fa)
3 hours Fine Arts Core
3 hours Humanities Core
ADE Mandated Course3
Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Curricular Content Courses
Mathematics6
Survey of Mathematical Structures I (Sp, Su, Fa)
Survey of Mathematical Structures II (Sp, Su, Fa)
Literacy8-9
Children and Adolescent Literature (Sp, Fa)
Emergent and Developmental Literacy (Sp, Fa)
Language Development for the Educator (Sp, Fa)
Introduction to Communicative Disorders (Sp, Fa)
Professional Education Courses
General Education9
Survey of Exceptionalities (Sp, Su, Fa)
Classroom Learning Theory (Sp, Su, Fa)
Technology for the Inclusive Classroom (Fa)
Special Education24
SPED 4413 ABA and Classroom Management
Curriculum Development and Instructional Planning (Fa)
SPED 4443 Career Development and Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities
Assessment of Students with Disabilities (Fa)
Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities (Sp)
Teaching Students with Disabilities in Math and Science (Sp)
Teaching Literacy Skills to Students with Disabilities (Sp)
Introduction to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Sp)
Senior Internship Year28
Special Education Internship - Kindergarten through 6th Grade (Fa)
Special Education Seminar - Kindergarten through 6th Grade (Fa)
Special Education Research - Kindergarten through 6th Grade (Fa)
Special Education Teaching Internship - 7th through 12th Grade (Sp)
Special Education Seminar - 7th through 12th Grade (Sp)
Special Education Research - 7th through 12th Grade (Sp)
Electives7-6
Choose from CIED, STEM, or SPED courses
Total Hours120

Special Education B.S.E. Eight-Semester Plan

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan in Education Studies should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa) (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)3  
BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& BIOL 1541L Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4  
HIST 2003 History of the American People to 1877 (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2113) (Sp, Su, Fa)
or HIST 2013 History of the American People, 1877 to Present (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2123) (Sp, Su, Fa)
3  
Fine Arts Core elective3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
MATH 2213 Survey of Mathematical Structures I (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
PSYC 2003 General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
PHYS 1034 Physics for Elementary Education Majors (Sp)  4
HESC 2413 Family Relations (Sp, Fa)  3
Year Total: 16 16
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Application must be made for admission to Professional Education Courses for beginning of spring semester
MATH 2223 Survey of Mathematical Structures II (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
CIED 3033 Classroom Learning Theory (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
CIED 3023 Survey of Exceptionalities (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
Humanities Core elective3  
COMM 1313 Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
CIED 3103 Children and Adolescent Literature (Sp, Fa)  3
CIED 3113 Emergent and Developmental Literacy (Sp, Fa)  3
CIED 3262 Language Development for the Educator (Sp, Fa)
or CDIS 2253 Introduction to Communicative Disorders (Sp, Fa)
  2-3
General Elective (if taking CIED 3262)  0-1
CIED, STEM, or SPED elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
SPED 4413 ABA and Classroom Management (awaiting approval)3  
SPED 4423 Technology for the Inclusive Classroom (Fa)3  
SPED 4433 Curriculum Development and Instructional Planning (Fa)3  
SPED 4443 Career Development and Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities (awaiting approval)3  
SPED 4453 Assessment of Students with Disabilities (Fa)3  
SPED 4463 Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities (Sp)  3
SPED 4473 Teaching Students with Disabilities in Math and Science (Sp)  3
SPED 4483 Teaching Literacy Skills to Students with Disabilities (Sp)  3
SPED 4493 Introduction to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Sp)  3
CIED, STEM, or SPED elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
SPED 4538 Special Education Internship - Kindergarten through 6th Grade (Fa)8  
SPED 4543 Special Education Seminar - Kindergarten through 6th Grade (Fa)3  
SPED 4553 Special Education Research - Kindergarten through 6th Grade (Fa)3  
SPED 4568 Special Education Teaching Internship - 7th through 12th Grade (Sp)  8
SPED 4573 Special Education Seminar - 7th through 12th Grade (Sp)  3
SPED 4583 Special Education Research - 7th through 12th Grade (Sp)  3
Year Total: 14 14
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Courses

SPED 4413. ABA and Classroom Management for Teachers (Fa). 3 Hours.

Students in this course will develop an understanding of the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and learn how to implement these principles across a Positive Behavior Support Model. Intervention plans include development of individual supports, classroom management supports, and whole school behavior supports.

SPED 4423. Technology for the Inclusive Classroom (Fa). 3 Hours.

A study of the use of instructional and assistive/augmentative technology for students with learning differences and special learning needs.

SPED 4433. Curriculum Development and Instructional Planning (Fa). 3 Hours.

Study of the research base for the design and adaptation of curriculum and instructional strategies for students with disabilities in general and special classrooms.

SPED 4443. Career Development and Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities (Fa). 3 Hours.

A study of career development theory and the research-based strategies for evaluating, planning, and implementing transition programs for students with disabilities.

SPED 4453. Assessment of Students with Disabilities (Fa). 3 Hours.

A study of the methods and techniques of the assessment of children in all areas of exceptionality with emphasis on diagnosis, classification, and tracking progress.

SPED 4463. Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities (Sp). 3 Hours.

A study of methods and materials for teaching students (K-12) with severe disabilities, including severe mental retardation, serious emotional disturbance, other health impairments, multiple disabilities, and severe physical disabilities.

SPED 4473. Teaching Students with Disabilities in Math and Science (Sp). 3 Hours.

A study of content, methods, and materials for teaching mathematics and science to students with diverse learning needs and how to adapt curriculum to meet diverse needs.

SPED 4483. Teaching Literacy Skills to Students with Disabilities (Sp). 3 Hours.

This course will offer a detailed study of how to systematically and explicitly teach essential reading skills to students with disabilities or those at-risk for learning difficulties.

SPED 4493. Introduction to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Sp). 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of autism spectrum disorders, understand the unique characteristics as they apply to the context of the classroom, be able to design an appropriate classroom setting, and use evidence based teaching practices for students with autism spectrum disorders.

SPED 4538. Special Education Internship - Kindergarten through 6th Grade (Fa). 8 Hours.

Provides the opportunity to focus demonstrating and refining teaching skills through a teaching internship in special education grades K-6 grades while simultaneously developing a professional portfolio. Must be taken concurrently with SPED 4543. Corequisite: SPED 4543.

SPED 4543. Special Education Seminar - Kindergarten through 6th Grade (Fa). 3 Hours.

Provides the opportunity to focus on issues encountered in the teaching internship in special education grades kindergarten through sixth grades while simultaneously developing a professional portfolio. Must be taken concurrently with SPED 4538. Corequisite: SPED 4538.

SPED 4553. Special Education Research - Kindergarten through 6th Grade (Fa). 3 Hours.

Designing, conducting and applying research to improve classroom instruction in special education (K-6).

SPED 4568. Special Education Teaching Internship - 7th through 12th Grade (Sp). 8 Hours.

Provides the opportunity to focus demonstrating and refining teaching skills through a teaching internship in special education grades 7-12 grades while simultaneously developing a professional portfolio. Must be taken concurrently with SPED 4573. Corequisite: SPED 4573.

SPED 4573. Special Education Seminar - 7th through 12th Grade (Sp). 3 Hours.

Provides the opportunity to focus on issues encountered in the teaching internship in special education grades seventh through twelfth grades while simultaneously developing a professional portfolio. Must be taken concurrently with SPED 4568. Corequisite: SPED 4568.

SPED 4583. Special Education Research - 7th through 12th Grade (Sp). 3 Hours.

Designing, conducting and applying research to improve classroom instruction in special education (7-12).