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Required Courses (24 hours):
EDF 8770 Exp. and Non-exp. Methods Research I
EDSP 8200 Literacy Instruction for Individuals with Disabilities
EDSP 8210 Educational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities
EDSP 8230 Teaching Individuals with Disabilities in Integrated Settings
EDSP 8410 Instructional Strategies for Individuals with Disabilities in Secondary School Setting
EDSP 8530 Legal and Policy Issues in Special Education
EDSP 8540 Applied Behavior Analysis
EDSP 8220 Teaching Mathematics to Individuals with Disabilities
Area of Emphasis (9-12 hours):
Students choose from one of three areas of emphasis. Courses in each area partially fulfill requirements for S.C. certification in that area.
Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Disorders:
EDSP 8130 Characteristics of Individuals with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
EDSP 8140 Educational Procedures for Individuals with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
EDSP 8150 Practicum in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
EDSP 8100 Characteristics of Individuals with Learning Disabilities
*EDSP 8110 Educational Procedures for Individuals with Learning Disabilities
EDSP 8120 Practicum in Learning Disabilities
EDSP 8160 Characteristics of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism
EDSP 8170 Educational Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities and Autism
EDSP 8180 Practicum in Mental Retardation
*This course is required for South Carolina certification in Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities and should be included in the program of studies in lieu of three hours of electives unless it has been taken previously.
Electives (three hours):
READ 8650 Evaluation and Remediation of Reading Problems (recommended for elementary emphasis)
EDSP 8410 Instructional Strategies for Individuals with Disabilities in Secondary School Settings
NOTE 1: It is the students’ responsibility to remain current on the specific requirements for South Carolina certification. Students should spend time carefully planning their programs with their advisers.
For further details on state-required courses and electives, see South Carolina State Department of Education.
Students entering the special education programs need to understand South Carolina statutes as they apply to the field of teaching.
NOTE 2: If the student has not completed the following three courses at the undergraduate level, (Courses may have different numbers on the undergraduate transcript, therefore, look for content. Course titles may need to be examined for content.), he/she may be required by South Carolina to complete them for certification.
EDSP 3700 Introduction to the Exceptional Child (state requires as part of MR & E/BD; elective for LD)
EDF 3340/3350 Child Growth and Development/Adolescent Growth and Development (state requires for MR & LD)
READ 4590/4600 Teaching Reading in the Early/Intermediate Grades
NOTE 3: Students must declare degree-seeking status in the graduate school prior to the completion of 12 semester hours toward an M.Ed. In addition to the required course work, certification sequence and electives, all candidates for an M.Ed. in special education are required to pass a comprehensive examination. Comprehensive examinations are administered following the completion or near completion of an approved program of study.
NOTE 4: Students must take the Specialty Area PRAXIS Examination required by S.C. for certification in their area. Scores must be submitted to the Office of Field Experience to meet graduation requirements.