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Special Education And Multiple Abilities (SPE)

Office: 201-B 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 with disabilities.

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. A system of Teacher Work Samples has been integrated into the Special Education undergraduate and alternative master’s degrees to assure continuity.

The undergraduate catalog is published at two-year intervals. DegreeWorks program guides within MyBama are updated as policy changes are made and are thus likely to provide the most up-to-date information on degree and other requirements. In addition, a program handbook with which students are expected to be familiar is available in 201 Graves Hall.

A student must have an overall and University of Alabama GPA of no less than 2.75 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 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 School, Culture, and Society 3
BEP 305 Educational Psychology 3
SPE 300 Survey of Special Education and Accommodation Strategies 3
SPE 304 Instructional Strategies in Special Education (W) 3
SPE 499 Internship in Special Education (elementary)
or SPE 499 Internship in Special Education (secondary)
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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 3
CRD 400 Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners K–12 3
HD 101 Human Development 3
SPE 302 Educational Diagnostic Measurement (W) 3
SPE 374 Parenting Children (W) 3
SPE 382 Teaching Thinking Skills 3
SPE 414 Collaboration and Consultation 3
SPE 416 Instructional Strategies for Students with Severe
Disabilities
3
SPE 435 Behavior Management 3
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 Disabilities 3

EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (Birth–8 Years)/
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (Primary-3rd Grade) (dual certification)

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 as well as an Alabama Class B certificate in early childhood education (Primary to 3rd grade). 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 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 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 through DegreeWorks in MyBama.

Courses Hours
General Studies 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 School, Culture, and Society 3
BEP 305 Educational Psychology 3
SPE 300 Survey of Special Education and Accommodation Strategies 3
SPE 304 Instructional Strategies in Special Education (W) 3

SPE 479 Internship in Education of Young Children with Diverse Abilities

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Early Childhood Special Education (Birth–8 years)/Early Childhood Education (Primary-3rd Grade) (dual certification) 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 Development 3
CEE 380 Teaching Elementary Mathematics 3
CRD 369 Fundamentals of Literature and Language Learning (W) 3
CRD 400 Teaching Reading to Diverse Learners K–12 3
HD 202 Child Development: Infancy and Toddlerhood 3
HD 205 Child Development: Preschool 3
SPE 374 Parenting Children (W) 3
SPE 414 Collaboration and Consultation 3
SPE 435 Behavior Management 3
SPE 471 Developmental Perspectives of Young Children with Disabilities 3
SPE 476 Assessment of Young Children 3
SPE 477 Differentiated Academic Instruction 3
SPE 478 Methods of Teaching Young Children with Disabilities 3
   

See general studies requirements listed earlier in this section. 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 in option 2, CAT 200 and CAT 250 should be selected.

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Total: 123

Multiple Abilities Program (K–6) (MAP)

Professor Madeleine Gregg
Office: 215-C Graves Hall
Program Coordinator

The Multiple Abilities Program (MAP) is an integrated program leading to dual certification in collaborative teacher (K–6) and elementary education (K-6). This program is open to a cohort of 25 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 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 through DegreeWorks in MyBama.

Courses Hours
General Studies 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 listed earlier.

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

The student is responsible for maintaining a 2.75 GPA for (a) UA coursework, (b) overall coursework including transfer work, and (c) MAP coursework.

The following are required to be eligible to continue in the program after the first semester:

  • a grade of at least a “C” in all MAP coursework.
  • demonstrated proficiency in writing coherent, logical, carefully edited prose.
  • a score of 90% on the math competency test by the end of the semester.
  • Two of the written assignments that have the ‘W’ designation (see list below) will be assessed for writing competence and returned by midterm in order to give feedback about writing competence. One other written assignment, completed late in the first semester, will also have a ‘W’ designation. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in MAP 301: Professionalism. All MAP written assignments will require coherent, logical, and carefully edited prose.
   
Fall I  
MAP 301 Professionalism (W) 3
MAP 311 The Learner 3
MAP 321 Communication/Collaboration (W) 3
MAP 331 Facilitating Learning 3
MAP 341 Field Experience/Practicum 3

 

 
Spring I  
MAP 302 Professionalism 3
MAP 312 The Learner 3
MAP 322 Communication/Collaboration 3
MAP 332 Facilitating Learning 3
MAP 342 Field Experience/Practicum 3
   
Summer I  
MAP 403 Professionalism 2
MAP 413 The Learner 2
MAP 423 Communication/Collaboration 1
MAP 433 Facilitating Learning 1
MAP 443 Field Experience/Summer Enrichment Workshop (SEW) Practicum 6
   
Fall II  
MAP 404 Professionalism 3
MAP 414 The Learner 3
MAP 424 Communication/Collaboration 3
MAP 434 Facilitating Learning 2
MAP 444 Field Experience/Special Education Internship 6
   
Spring II  
MAP 405 Professionalism 3
MAP 415 The Learner 3
MAP 425 Communication/Collaboration 3
MAP 435 Facilitating Learning 2
MAP 445 Field Experience/Regular Classroom Internship 6
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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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