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The College of Education and the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences (LAS) jointly offer the undergraduate special education licensure program. The LAS content area with licensure in special education requires approximately 124 semester hours of course work. This degree combines a liberal arts education with a content focus and a comprehensive special education teacher licensure program. Students in the undergraduate SELP will receive a BA in one of the five majors:

  • English
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Spanish
  • History

Acceptance into the SELP requires a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, acceptance into the College of Letters of Arts and Sciences, and successful completion of the SELP application process.

Curriculum Planning Form

The course planning for undergrad students seeking initial Special Education licensure (42 semester hrs).  Additional courses for the BA in English, Biology, Geography, Spanish or History are required for the BA.  The program for both the BA and SPED Generalist Initial Licensure is 124 semester hours of course work.

All students are admitted during the summer and begin their coursework for their special education license the fall. Students must commit to completing these courses in sequence. Students have the option of taking three courses before they begin hey start their work in the program. The initial licensure program requires a significant amount of time spent working in the field. Applicants who anticipate problems in completing the 800 clock hour field experience courses of the program (4 week practicum, internship, an student teaching) should speak with a faculty member immediately and consider other options for their study if the concern cannot be resolved. For additional information about course sequencing, please see the advising sheets.

Advising Sessions

Updated advising information forthcoming.  

Admissions Criteria

To be eligible for admission to SELP, students should have:

    • Selected an appropriate major for content and level
    • Attended an advising session with the College of Education Advisor (Bill Bannister or Ruth Sansing) and complete a Preparation Plan listing course work still needed to complete the undergraduate degree content and prerequisite courses. Included in this plan is a timeline of dates and a list of the Teacher Education core courses still needing to be completed
    • Earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better

Application Criteria

      • A Career Goals Statement (describe motivation, interest, and personal qualities)
      • Interview with College of Education Faculty Interview Panel
      • Three letters of recommendation
      • Completed or enrolled in core classes
      • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
      • Receipt for $50.00 application fee paid to the Bursar’s Office
      • Submit application packet to COE Student Resource Office, Columbine Hall Room 3010.

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Required State and National Exams

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