May 19, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education/Exceptional Student Education Major

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An Elementary and Exceptional Student Education major is immersed in the field of special education through coursework and practicum experiences in local elementary, middle, and high school.  Majors will work with students with high incidence (mild) and low (moderate to severe) disabilities identified through the law. Students will explore the foundations, identification, and strategies for how individuals with disabilities are best served in public education. 

ELEM/ESE majors also explore:

  • Case law and ethical standards that govern the education of students with exceptionalities
  • The characteristics of students with exceptionalities using the eligibility criteria of categories included in current state and federal laws and regulations governing K-12 education programs.
  • Typical and atypical development of physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional stages of students in the K-12 educational system.
  • Varied instructional strategies and resources, including appropriate technology, to provide comprehensible instruction, and to teach for student understanding.
  • Differentiation of instruction based on an assessments of student learning needs and recognition of individual differences in students.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Cheryl McCarthy

Elementary Education Courses (24 Hours)

Department Required Mathematics Course (3 Hours)

Elective Courses (At Least 7 Hours)

To meet the minimum 120-hour graduation requirement, at least 13 additional credit hours must be earned. 



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