B.S.Ed. Special Education
Courses

120 credit hours
100% career outcome rate
1 degree option

Mspecial EducationFeatured Courses

As a student in the special education major at Concordia Nebraska, you’ll have the opportunity to take specialized courses related to various aspects of the special education profession. These classes, designed to equip you for leadership and service in various special education careers, are taught by some of our esteemed faculty who have extensive experience in their fields.

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Special EducationSample Schedule of Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Semester 1

EDUC 201
Introduction to Education
Foundational concepts of the modern educational system. Emphasis on sociological, historical, and philosophical concepts of American education with time to explore curriculum, pedagogy, technology skills, professional learning, and ethical practice within the field of education. Field experience required.
3
credits
FYE
First-Year Experience
A unique course designed to provide first-year college students with knowledge, tips and tricks to support their collegiate career.
1
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
12
credits
Total Credits
16

Semester 2

FINL 100
Financial Literacy I
Personal financial stewardship as it relates to students, specifically regarding the topics of budgeting, credit cards, student loans, and debt management. To be completed during a student’s first year at Concordia. Note: Passing this course with 0 credits meets one of Concordia’s graduation requirements. Taking the course for 0.5 credits may be beneficial in accumulating 120 credits, or in establishing full-time status. Taking the course for 0 credits may help a student who is already at 18 credits avoid paying extra for this course.
0.5
credits
EDPS 210
Educational Psychology and Child Development
A study of the psychological foundations of education with child development. Emphasis on developmental psychology and psychological foundations of relevant topics including, but not limited to, learning theories, individual variation and student diversity, planning, motivation, class management and assessment. Teaching as a form of ministry, psychology as a science, the use of research in education and the development of skills required to become a reflective practitioner. Field experience required.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
12
credits
Total Credits
15.5

Semester 3

EDUC 224
Teaching Exceptional Learners
Understanding and appreciation of learners with exceptional needs, knowledge of characteristics of those with disabilities and the gifted, providing inclusive learning environments. Emphasis on proven strategies and a variety of methods and resources to meet needs of learners who require special services, adaptations, or different approaches to learning. Disposition development focuses on strengths and needs of learners, the belief that all can achieve. Field experience required.
3
credits
EDUC 225
Diverse Classrooms and Human Relations
Meets Human Relations requirements. Development of cultural awareness and investigation of attitudes, skills, and techniques needed to ensure inclusive learning environments for diverse students. Learning differences, language acquisition, English language learners, leadership, and collaboration with learners, families, and colleagues. Field Experience required.
3
credits
ASL 101
Beginning American Sign Language I
This beginning course in American Sign Language (ASL) is designed for the person who has no experience in ASL. The course will focus on development of vocabulary and grammatical structures of ASL, receptive and expressive skill development, and the study of deaf culture.
3
credits
MATH 201
Concepts of Mathematics I
An activities approach to problem solving, systems of numeration, properties of whole numbers, integers, fractions, real numbers, and numerical operations, number theory and statistics. Only available to Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Special Education students.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 4

ASL 102
Beginning American Sign Language II
This course builds on ASL 101 by review and development of further vocabulary and grammatical skills in ASL. This course focuses on interpretive skills, receptive and expressive skill development, and the continuing study of deaf culture.
3
credits
MATH 301
Concepts of Mathematics II
An activities approach to studying mathematics concepts in probability, functions and algebra, and numerous topics in geometry. Geometrical topics include two and three- dimensional geometry, constructions, congruences, motion and coordinate geometry symmetries and concepts of measurement.
3
credits
PSY 421
Adolescent Psychology and Development
The course presents an arranged sequence of psychological and development theories, concepts, and insights designed to inform the practitioner working with adolescents. The content and class interaction cumulatively examine adolescent behavior and belief systems. The aim is to assist the practitioner with grounded yet flexible decision–making when working with young people in the contexts of counseling, teaching, youth ministry, family, and community.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 5

HHP 471
Adapted Physical Activity
The course focuses on the theories, principles, and practices of working with individuals with special needs in physical education, recreation, and sport programs.
3
credits
PSY 445
Abnormal Psychology
Reviews theories and methods which underlie the classification and study of as well as responses to abnormal behavior.
3
credits
Total Credits
6

Semester 6

EDUC 351
Service in Public Schools
Concepts and issues related to the ministry of teaching in a public setting. Knowledge, insights, and guidance related to vocation, ethics, legal issues, church and state distinctions, modeling Law and Gospel in public settings, and the structure of the public school environment.
2
credits
EDUC 346
Instructional Technology
Knowledge and skills to prepare students for responsible and beneficial use of current technologies. Fundamental understanding of importance of technology in teaching and learning practices. Relevant and practical technology applications for PreK-12 classrooms.
2
credits
EDUC 315
Behavior Disorders and Intervention
Behavioral and emotional disorders commonly found in special and general education classrooms. Principles of effective and safe inclusive learning environments, understanding of individual development and differences, special curricula to individualize learning, applied behavioral analysis, safe intervention strategies for individuals in crisis, functional assessment, and collaboration with families, learners, other educators, related service providers and other agencies. Field experience required.
3
credits
EDUC 316
Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities
Develops disposition of respect for all learners as individuals with high potential. Understanding of unique strengths and needs of learners with autism, intellectual disability and other moderate disabilities. Knowledge gained in assessment, instructional design, strategies, resources and adaptations useful in response to learner needs. Collaboration with learners, families, and other professionals to develop meaningful programs. Field experience required.
3
credits
Total Credits
10

Semester 7

EDUC 314
Assessment, Evaluation and IEP
Provides teachers knowledge of how to select, administer, score and interpret a standardized/norm-referenced assessment for exceptional learners. Utilizing formative and summative assessments in the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP), to support, verify and document learning. Accommodations in assessment and testing conditions, and ethical practice in administering and scoring assessments. Analyzing data and utilizing appropriate technology to understand gaps in learning and guide planning.
3
credits
EDUC 317
Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities
Characteristics of students with exceptional needs including mild disabilities such as specific learning disabilities and knowledge of assessment, referral and planning processes. Instructional design built on learners’ prior knowledge to reach full potentials. Disposition of respect for learners, understanding of strengths and needs to guide teacher planning for appropriate strategies, accommodations, resources and materials. Field experience required.
3
credits
EDUC 403
Evidence-Based Strategies and Interventions
Evidence-based strategies and interventions to address learner differences in the areas of academic and behavioral challenges. Emphasis on pre-referral interventions, planning for instruction, instructional strategies, leadership and collaboration.
3
credits
EDUC 461
Literacy Instruction, Assessment and Intervention
Current theory, research, content, methodology, instructional materials, and classroom organization that relate to teaching the major components of literacy (reading, writing, speaking, listening) in diverse classrooms. Informal and formal assessment of reader strengths and needs for instruction and intervention. Emphasis on learner development and differences, learning environment, content knowledge and application, planning, instructional strategies, planning interventions, professionalism and collaboration. Field Experience required.
6
credits
FINL 400
Financial Literacy II
Personal financial stewardship as it relates to students, specifically regarding the topics of budgeting, insurance and investments. To be completed during a student’s final year at Concordia. Note: Passing this course with 0 credits meets one of Concordia’s graduation requirements. Taking the course for 0.5 credits may be beneficial in accumulating 120 credits, or in establishing full-time status. Taking the course for 0 credits may help a student who is already at 18 credits avoid paying extra for this course.
0.5
credits
Total Credits
15.5

Semester 8

EDUC 435
Secondary Student Teaching Seminar
Support course for student teachers during the first eight weeks of the Professional Semester: Clinical Experience.
1
credits
Total Credits
1
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