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Special Education, General Curriculum K-12 (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Special Education with a concentration in General Curriculum, K-12 program is designed to prepare professionals to develop and implement appropriate educational programs for students with mild disabilities (i.e. high-incidence disabilities), who are accessing the general education curriculum. The course work focuses on the improvement of the quality and scope of educational and related services available to individuals with disabilities. Teacher candidates are prepared to work effectively with children and adolescents who require special education services in both public and private facilities. The program serves as a catalyst to promote awareness, understanding, and acceptance of individuals with disabilities.

Special Education, General Curriculum K-12 (B.S.)


Description


What is Special Education, General Curriculum K-12 at ODU like?

The Bachelor of Science in Special Education with a concentration in General Curriculum, K-12 program is designed to prepare professionals to develop and implement appropriate educational programs for students with mild disabilities (i.e. high-incidence disabilities), who are accessing the general education curriculum. The course work focuses on the improvement of the quality and scope of educational and related services available to individuals with disabilities. Teacher candidates are prepared to work effectively with children and adolescents who require special education services in both public and private facilities. The program serves as a catalyst to promote awareness, understanding, and acceptance of individuals with disabilities.

Program Highlights


What makes Special Education, General Curriculum K-12 at ODU unique?

  • #1 Critical Teacher Endorsement Shortage Area in VA

  • The Virginia Collegiate Professional teaching license that students earn though the BS in Special Education at ODU has reciprocity in 49 states.

  • Program assists students in meeting the competency requirements for a Virginia Collegiate Professional teaching license in Special Education with endorsement in General Curriculum K-12

  • Classroom instruction is supplemented with several early field experiences in a variety of settings.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Special Education Teacher, K-12, General Curriculum
Median Salary: 
$59,780 (salaries vary state to state)
Special education teachers work with students in kindergarten through grade 12 who have a wide range of learning, cognitive, emotional, and physical disabilities.  Most special education teachers work in public schools, teaching students from preschool to high school. Many work the traditional 10-month school year, but some work in year-round programs.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor (2018)



Courses


What are some courses offered in Special Education, General Curriculum K-12 at ODU?

SPED 402:
Instructional Design I: Learner Characteristics and Assessment


The intent of this course is to provide pre-service teachers with: |a) knowledge of the characteristics of students with mild disabilities who are accessing the general curriculum, K-12, including, but not limited to learning disabilities, emotional disabilities and intellectual disabilities and |b) the ability to develop knowledge and skill in the selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of standardized/norm-referenced assessments of exceptional learners. Administering formal and informal assessment tools and the development of an IEP are emphasized. The use of assessment data to improve instruction and student performance is discussed. Prerequisites: a grade of C- or higher in SPED 400 or a grade of B- or higher in SPED 500.

SPED 411:
Classroom and Behavioral Management Techniques for Students with Diverse Needs


This course will address classroom management techniques and individual interventions based upon behavioral, cognitive, affective, social, and ecological theory and practice. The course will focus on the field of applied behavior analysis, including best practices in the areas of data collection, program selection, program implementation, and data analysis. Positive behavior management and supports and functional behavioral assessment will be emphasized. Pre- or corequisite: a grade of C- or higher in SPED 400 or a grade of B- or higher in SPED 500.

SPED 415:
Instructional Design II: Curricular Procedures and Individualized Education Planning


The intent of this course is to provide preservice teachers with: (a) knowledge of research-based instruction for K-12 students with disabilities and those who are gifted; (b) knowledge and skill in using data collection to make decisions about student progress, instruction, program, accommodations and teaching methodology for exceptional learners, and (c) knowledge and skill in planning, developing and implementing individual educational plans and group instruction for diverse exceptional learners who are accessing the general education curriculum and the Virginia Standards of Learning. Practicum in an elementary-level setting is required. Practicum of 45 hours required. Prerequisites: a grade of C- or higher in SPED 400 and SPED 402 or a grade of B- or higher in SPED 500 or SPED 502, and passing scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educator Tests or equivalent as prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Special Education, General Curriculum K-12 at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Special Education, General Curriculum K-12 should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

In addition to meeting minimum 2.75 GPA and the PRAXIS Core requirement (or equivalents) in order to be admitted into the undergraduate teacher preparation program, students must also complete the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), Reading for Virginia Educators Assessment (RVE), Special Education Exit Exam, a background clearance check, child abuse training, dyslexia awareness training, and be certified in First Aid/CPR prior to teacher candidate internship (i.e. student teaching).

 

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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MASTER LECTURER


Name:

C.J. Butler


Location:

1205 TRI-CITIES HIGHER ED CRT, PORTSMOUTH, VA, 23703



Office:

757-686-3120


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR & CHAIR


Name:

Jonna Bobzien PhD


Location:

241 LIONS CHILD STUDY CTR, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-3307


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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