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At the undergraduate level, the special education program area provides both pre-licensure options and licensure programs through the interdisciplinary studies degree (IDS). Students seeking to teach in special education major in IDS and select one of the following specialty area options:
- Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education (IDEC, a four-year pre-licensure option with a fifth year leading to licensure)
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing (IDHH, a four-year licensure program)
- Special Education: General and Adapted Curriculum K-12 (IDHI, a 4-year pre-licensure Bachelor’s degree option with a 5th year leading to licensure and a Master’s degree)
The concentration in special education for IDS majors provides the future teacher with highly marketable skills in supporting learners of all abilities in elementary classroom settings and working collaboratively with special education colleagues. It is not designed for special education licensure but assures that elementary candidates meet the mandates of No Child Left Behind.
The minor in special education provides an opportunity to acquire professional knowledge related to understanding and assisting individuals with disabilities. It includes a focus on educationally relevant disability law and policy, characteristics and etiology of disabilities, and special education programming and services.