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SPECIAL EDUCATION AND MULTIPLE ABILITIES (SPE)

Professor James Siders, Department Head
Office: Graves Hall

The department offers undergraduate programs that require the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours as specified below and lead to the bachelor of science in education degree and the Alabama Class B Professional Certificate.

NOTE: Admission to this program is competitive, and meeting stated criteria does not guarantee admission. Rather, persons who meet stated criteria are guaranteed consideration for admission to the teacher education program. An individual may request from the program chairperson or his or her advisor information concerning summative data on the most recent previous admissions.

COLLABORATIVE SPECIAL EDUCATION (K–6) or (6–12)

The special education CTP is an innovative teacher preparation program that leads to a bachelor of science in education degree with three teacher certification options at the Alabama Class "B" level:

The undergraduate CTP is a two-year upper-division program that prepares students to work in general and special education settings with children and youth who have a wide range of disabilities. A cohort of students is accepted each fall. Students in the CTP cohort take the majority of their courses together, work on numerous collaborative assignments and projects with their peers and their instructors, and participate in a number of practicums in a variety of educational settings. In addition to practicums and internships in local education agencies, CTP students have opportunities to gain practical experience in working with individuals who are disabled.

The final semester of the CTP program is devoted to a full-time teaching internship in a local education agency appropriate to the teaching certificate option selected. Mentoring teachers for the internship are selected carefully and work closely with CTP faculty to ensure program continuity and high-quality student teaching experiences.

The undergraduate catalog is published only at two-year intervals. Program advising sheets are updated as policy changes are made and are thus likely to provide the most up-to-date information on degree and other requirements. Students should always obtain the most recent advising sheets, available from academic advisors and in 104 Carmichael Hall. In addition, a program handbook with which students are expected to be familiar is available in 210 Graves Hall.

A student must have an overall and University of Alabama GPA of no less than 2.5 for admission to this TEP. After admission, the student must maintain at least a 2.75 UA and overall GPA in coursework in professional studies and teaching field courses, with no grade less than a "C." A 2.75 GPA is required for internship.

General Studies (See pp. 181–182)60
General studies courses must be completed prior to being admitted to the teacher education program. Courses that are common to the teaching field and the general studies component may be applied to both. At least 120 hours are required for the degree.
 
In addition to the required general studies, students in this program must complete 9 additional hours of mathematics and 4 additional hours of science for a total of 12 hours in each area. Additionally, students must complete 12 hours in English language arts and social science.
 
Courses from areas II, III, and IV, plus any hours remaining in area V, should be utilized to meet teaching field or prerequisite requirements. CAT 200 Computer Education Applications (C) (3 hours) is required.
 
Professional Studies 24
Students must earn grades of "C" or better in each of the following professional studies courses. The UA GPA—and, if transfer work, the overall GPA—must be at least 2.75 in these courses.
 
BEF 362 History, Philosophy, and Social Foundations of Education3
BEP 305 Educational Psychology3
SPE 300 Survey of Special Education and Accommodation Strategies3
SPE 304 Instructional Strategies in Special Education3
SPE 499 Internship in Special Education (elementary) or
    SPE 499 Internship in Special Education (secondary)
12
 
Teaching Field(s) 36–39
Students must earn grades of "C" or better in each of the following teaching field courses. The UA GPA—and, if transfer work, the overall GPA—must be at least 2.75 in these courses.
 
CEE 380 Teaching Elementary Mathematics (P–6)3
CRD 369 Fundamentals of Reading Instruction (W) 3
CRD 400 Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners K–123
HD 101 Human Development (may not be transferred from a
    junior college)
3
SPE 302 Educational Diagnostic Measurement3
SPE 374 Parenting Children (W)3
SPE 382 Teaching Thinking Skills3
SPE 414 Collaboration and Consultation3
SPE 416 Instructional Strategies for Students with Severe
    Disabilities
3
SPE 435 Behavior Management3
SPE 491 Educational Methods for Mild Learning and Behavior
    Disorders—Elementary and/or SPE 492 Educational Methods
    for Mild Learning and Behavior Disorders—Secondary
3–6
SPE 493 Introduction to Severe/Profound Disabilities3

EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (BIRTH–8 YEARS)

Through the major in early childhood special education, students learn about the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of young children with special needs and their families. Students graduating with this major are eligible for recommendation for an Alabama Class B public school certification to teach birth to age eight children with diverse needs. Experimental learning activities, assessment, and practicums are provided for students on and off campus through the Office of Clinical Experiences. On-campus facilities providing structured practicums include the Child Development Laboratories and the Rural Infant Stimulation Environment (RISE) Program. These programs provide opportunities for students to work with infants, toddlers, and your children who have a broad range of special needs. In addition, all students who major in early childhood special education will complete supervised practicum and internship experiences in diverse public school settings.

The undergraduate catalog is published only at two-year intervals. Program advising sheets are updated as policy changes are made and are thus likely to provide the most up-to-date information on degree and other requirements. Students should always obtain the most recent advising sheets, available from academic advisors and in 104 Carmichael Hall.

CoursesHours
General Studies (See pp. 181–182)60
Courses that are common to the teaching field and the general studies component may be applied to both. At least 120 hours are required for the degree.

In addition to the required general studies, students in this program must complete 9 additional hours of mathematics and 4 additional hours of science for a total of 12 hours in each area. Twelve hours in both English language arts and social science are required.

CAT 200 Computer Education Applications (C) (3 hours) is required.

 
Professional Studies 24
Students must earn grades of "C" or higher in each of the following professional studies courses. The University of Alabama GPA—and, if transfer work, the overall GPA—must be at least 2.75 in these courses.
 
BEF 362 History, Philosophy, and Social Foundations of Education3
BEP 305 Educational Psychology 3
SPE 300 Survey of Special Education and Accommodation
    Strategies
3
SPE 304 Instructional Strategies in Special Education3
SPE 479 Internship in Education of Young Children with
    Diverse Abilities
12
 
Early Childhood Special Education (B–8) Teaching Field 39
The University of Alabama GPA—and, if transfer work, the overall GPA—must be at least 2.75 in these courses.
 
CD 226 Language and Speech Development3
CEE 380 Teaching Elementary Mathematics3
CRD 369 Fundamentals of Literature and Language Learning (W) 3
CRD 400 Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners K–123
HD 202 Child Development: Infancy and Toddlerhood3
HD 205 Child Development: Preschool3
SPE 326 Instructional Sign Language3
SPE 374 Parenting Young Children (W)3
SPE 414 Collaboration and Consultation3
SPE 435 Behavior Management3
SPE 471 Developmental Perspectives of Young Children
    with Disabilities
3
SPE 476 Assessment of Young Children3
SPE 478 Methods of Teaching Young Children with Disabilities3
 
See general studies requirements, pp. 181–182. The following exceptions apply:
 
Area II: Courses should be selected to meet teaching field or prerequisite requirements.
Area IV: Courses should be selected to meet teaching field or prerequisite requirements.
Area V: From those courses listed on p. 182 in option 2, CAT 200 and CAT 250 should be selected.
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Total: 120

Multiple Abilities Program (K–6) (MAP)

Professor Madeleine Gregg, Program Coordinator
Office: Graves Hall

The Multiple Abilities Program (MAP) is an integrated program leading to Alabama Multiple Abilities (K–6) certification (kindergarten, elementary education, and special education collaborative teacher K–6). This program is open to a cohort of 30 full-time students, who are selected to complete the 78-semester-hour course sequence over four consecutive semesters and one summer term. Students may be considered for participation only if, by the end of the summer term prior to MAP coursework, they have completed the College of Education's general studies program, excluding CAT 200 and CAT 250, but including MUE 107.

The undergraduate catalog is published only at two-year intervals. Program advising sheets are updated as policy changes are made; they are thus likely to provide the most up-to-date information on degree and other requirements. Students should always obtain the most recent advising sheets, available from academic advisors and in 104 Carmichael Hall. In addition, a syllabus with which students are expected to be familiar is available in 210 Graves Hall.

CoursesHours
General Studies (See pp. 181–182) 60
Each student must secure a "core check" from personnel in 104 Carmichael Hall. Courses that are common to the teaching field and the general studies component may be applied to both. At least 120 hours are required for the degree. See general studies requirements, pp. 181–182.

Courses from areas II, III, and IV, plus any hours remaining in area V, should be utilized to meet teaching field or prerequisite requirements.

Students must earn grades of "C" or higher in each of the following courses. The student is responsible for maintaining a 2.75 GPA for a) UA coursework, b) overall coursework including transfer work, and c) MAP coursework.
 
Fall I
MAP 301 Professionalism (W)3
MAP 311 The Learner3
MAP 321 Communication/Collaboration (W)3
MAP 331 Facilitating Learning3
MAP 341 Field Experience/Practicum3
 
Spring I
MAP 302 Professionalism3
MAP 312 The Learner3
MAP 322 Communication/Collaboration3
MAP 332 Facilitating Learning3
MAP 342 Field Experience/Practicum3
 
Summer I
MAP 403 Professionalism2
MAP 413 The Learner2
MAP 423 Communication/Collaboration1
MAP 433 Facilitating Learning1
MAP 443 Field Experience/Summer Enrichment
    Workshop (SEW) Practicum
6
 
Fall II
MAP 404 Professionalism3
MAP 414 The Learner3
MAP 424 Communication/Collaboration3
MAP 434 Facilitating Learning2
MAP 444 Field Experience/Special Education Internship6
 
Spring II
MAP 405 Professionalism3
MAP 415 The Learner3
MAP 425 Communication/Collaboration3
MAP 435 Facilitating Learning2
MAP 445 Field Experience/Regular Classroom Internship6
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Total: 76

NOTE: Students in this program must complete 4 additional semester hours of natural science (for a total of 12) and additional hours of mathematics (for a total of 12 hours). MATH 100 and MATH 208 may be taken in addition to other MA-designated MATH courses. Twelve hours in both English language arts and social science are required

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