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Special Education Major



The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

Below are some of the courses offered for the Special Education Major.

Courses Credits  
EDU 101 Introduction to Educational Practice 3 Info

This course prepares the candidate for admission to Teacher Education. Course content includes the characteristics of the Greenville College Teacher Education Program, a survey of the legal, social and ethical issues involved in public school education, an introduction to Live Text and program portfolio development, and a correlation of psychological principles to varied learning styles and milieus. This course is conducted on campus and includes 70 hours of field experience in school settings that have a large minority population. This course will give students the opportunity to determine whether they want to persist in the Teacher Education Program. (Offered fall semester for transfer students and students with special needs by permission of instructor, and offered every Interterm for freshmen.)

PHY 105 Planets and Stars 3 Info

A wealth of information has been collected on our Sun and Solar System, surprising us with the richness and variety of geological environments scattered among the planets and their moons. In-depth studies of our Sun reveal a dynamic cauldron of hot plasma that in many ways astronomers are just beginning to understand. In exploring questions about lifecycles of our Sun and Planetary System, students will gain an awareness of both the power and limitations of scientific inquiry. In the laboratory section of this course, students will be introduced to night sky observing, becoming familiar with star maps, the constellations, and basic telescope operation. Two hours of lecture and two hours of evening lab each week.

BIO 108 Environmental Science and Stewardship 3 Info

This course presents a values based approach for dealing with issues that are critical to the wellbeing of Creation. The course provides a general overview of the concepts of global ecology and then uses these concepts to study the impact that human involvement has had on the ecosystem. The framework for this course is centered around these topics: human population, renewable resources, energy, pollution and prevention of pollution with the recurring theme of moving toward a sustainable future for the Creation. (Three hours lecture and optional two hours lab each week. Students enrolling in and successfully completing the lab portion of this class will receive four credits; students not enrolled in the lab will receive three credits for the class. To take the lab, students must be concurrently enrolled in the lecture part of the class.

MTH 143 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 3 Info

This is the first mathematics course where the content of graders K-5 is carefully studied. Fundamental properties underlying the structure of numeration systems and various algorithms for computation are stressed. Basic algebra and problem solving is also reviewed and examined. This course is required of early childhood, elementary, and special education majors. This course does not count towards the mathematics major, and both MTH 143 and 144 are required in order to fulfill the general education quantitive reasoning requirement. 

MTH 144 Geometry for Teachers 3 Info

This is the second mathematics course where the content of grades K-5 is carefully studied. Topics including geometry, measurement, problem solving, probability, and statistics are stressed. This course is required of early childhood, elementary, and special education majors. This course does not count towards the mathematics major, and both MTH 143 and 144 are required in order to fulfill the general education quantitive reasoning requirement. 

EDU 202 Cultural Awareness in the Classroom 3 (CC) Info

The purpose of this course is to explore race and poverty issues that impact the classroom environment. Candidates will search for effective strategies to better meet the needs of underserved populations. The hidden rules of economic class and characteristics of generational poverty will be studied, with emphasis on the impact this has on instruction. Students spend 40 hours assisting in a classroom which serves a high minority and low socioeconomic population. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement. Except for those students completing the requirements for the elementary education major, this course also fulfills the general education sociology requirement. Students who take EDU 202 and then change to a non-education major will need to take a course with a SOC prefix to graduate.

PSY 206 Adolescent Development 3 Info

The transitional years of human development from puberty to early adulthood form the focus of this course. Emphasis is placed upon the developmental tasks and choices through which adolescents develop mastery and a sense of self-competence.

EDU 280 Exceptional Child 3 Info

A study of children whose intellectual, physical, or emotional development deviates from the norm and of techniques to modify school programming to accommodate them. Focus is on the identification of exceptionalities and creating appropriate teaching/learning strategies. The legal basis for the education of exceptional children, as well as the historical and social foundations of special education, is studied. Thirty hours of field experience required.

EDU 311 Elementary Art and Music Methods 3 Info

The content of this course focuses on using art, music, and movement to enhance student learning in the elementary classroom core curriculum. The course includes the study of tools, techniques, and technology of art, music, and movement. It provides candidates an understanding of the educational, communicative, and aesthetic values of dance, music, and visual arts and the role fine arts plays in reflecting history and culture. Field experiences required.

EDU 312 Teaching of Reading 3 Info

A course in the reading sequence designed to acquaint candidates with a variety of reading programs and approaches used in contemporary elementary and middle school classrooms. Emphasis is on the reading process and product from the early stages of readiness through middle school. Field experiences required.

EDU 318 Corrective Reading 3 Info

Focus will be on informational assessments, such as miscue analysis, for the identification of word recognition problems and determination of current use of strategies as well as for asessing comprehension monitoring, general comprehension, and inferencing. Specific "best practice" strategies will be examined for instruction of word recognition and comprehension at the elementary and middle school levels. Prevention of reading problems through early intervention is also addressed.

EDU 333 The Learning Environment 3 Info

The application of learning theory to the management of both exceptional and regular school populations. Field experiences required.

ENG 350 Children's Literature 3 Info

A comprehensive survey of the various types of poetry and prose for children, with considerable attention to the significant historical and folklore backgrounds. Meets the general education literature requirement for early childhood, elementary, and special education majors.

EDU 351 Teaching Language Arts in Elementary and Middle Schools 3 Info

This course explores methods and materials used in the teaching of the language arts at the elementary and middle school levels. Emphasis is placed on speaking skills, critical listening skills, using literature across the curriculum, and the writing process which includes grammar, spelling, handwriting, and word processing. The integration of technology, diversity in the classroom, critical thinking skills, and assessment and evaluation are also examined. Field experiences required.

EDU 352 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary and Middle School 3 Info

This course explores methods, materials, and techniques used in the teaching of social studies at the elementary and middle school levels. Emphasis is placed on the social studies goals, writing objectives and lesson plans, assessment procedures, and the integration of other curricular areas. Critical and creative thinking skills are examined as they apply to the goals of social studies and planning. Cultural diversity, the integration of technology and small group activities are also explored. Field experiences required.

EDU 355 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary and Middle Schools 3 Info

The course examines effective teaching strategies for teaching mathematics to elementary and middle school students. It emphasizes placing students in a role where they actively think, reason, problem solve, and make sense of an inquiry-oriented, problem solving classroom environment. Students will examine children's strategies for making sense of various mathematical concepts and consider means of facilitating the development of these strategies. Fifteen hours of field experience is required and will allow the student to practice some of the strategies discussed in class.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and an appropriate mathematics course which may be taken concurrently.

EDU 356 Teaching Science in Elementary and Middle Schools 3 Info

This course examines strategies for teaching science to elementary and middle school students. The students will be exploring the nature of inquiry and strategies for promoting, supporting, and assessing students' scientific inquiry. This course will seek to provide students with instructional tools to help children develop conceptual understanding of scientific concepts. Students will examine strategies for questioning, sequencing of lessons, assessing students' understanding, meeting students' needs in multi-ability settings, and involving more girls and minorities. Fifteen hours of field experience is required and will allow students to practice some of the strategies discussed in class.

HPR 356 Adapted Phsyical Education 3 Info

Designed to provide prospective teachers with experience in formulating individualized performance objectives, key teaching and therapy skills, and programming for specific problems in organization and administration of students with disabilities. Provides a brief review of the legislative and history of adapted physical education.

EDU 400 Early Experience 1 Info

After admission to the professional internship, candidates receive student teaching placements. Candidates work with their cooperating teachers during the first week of school. Five days of clinical experience required.

EDU 401 Clinical Practice Elementary 4 Info

Focus is on the role of the elementary and middle school teacher within the community, school, and classroom. Relationships with school personnel, parents and community persons and agencies are covered. Methods and techniques of classroom management, lesson planning, student assessment, and parental interviewing and reporting are also considered candidates work with P-8 clinical instructors. Professional ethics and organizations are also covered.

EDU 406 Elementary Special Education Student Teaching 5-7 Info

Taken in conjunction with EDU 408; includes an eight week assignment with elementary school students with disabilities.

EDU 408 Secondary Special Education Student Teaching 5-7 Info

Taken in conjunction with EDU 406 with an eight week assignment with secondary school students with disabilities.

EDU 413 Adaptive Strategies for Special Education 3 Info

This course focuses on multiple and diverse support systems for special education students. The content includes the design and delivery of moderate to intensive support systems, principles of instruction in community based education, adaptive strategies and equipment, augmentative/assistive technology devices, curricular design and delivery, classroom design, collaborative planning and scheduling, and assessment of student progress and achievement. Field experience required.

EDU 418 Assessment of Exceptional Children 3 Info

According to the LBS 1 Standard 3: "Assessment: the competent learning behavior specialist understands the education assessment process and uses various assessment strategies to support the continuous development of all students (ages 3-21)." Therefore, this course is designed to develop competency in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of educational tests. Additionally, a thorough investigation of multiple and diverse assessment techniques will be conducted.

EDU 419 Secondary School Programs for Adolescents with Disabilities 3 Info

A study of organizational, administrative, and curricular modifications necessary for adolescents with disabilities. Techniques to create work-study programs are also stressed. Field experience required.

EDU 450 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 4 Info

Course focus includes: definition, identification, diagnosis, remediation, curricular adaption and modification, and placement of students with significant discrepancies between ability and achievement or whose behavior is maladaptive necessitating special programming. Emphasis is on receptive and expressive learning modalities and the theories dealing with causes. Methods and techniques to manage behavior and create positive classroom climates are also covered.

EDU 451 Methods and Materials for Special Education 4 Info

Methods and materials for teachers who instruct behavioral and learning disabled students are studied. Field experience required.

EDU 491 Seminar in Special Education 1 Info

An exploration of legal responsibilities of teachers, and contemporary problems associated with classroom instruction and management and the application of critical thinking and inquiry in an attempt to resolve them.

Career Opportunities

  • Special Education Teacher