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Special Education

Special Education

The program of study for this major is designed to prepare students for entry into the field of human services for exceptional individuals with specific emphasis areas in teaching exceptional learners.  This program is generic and provides basic teaching knowledge and skills applicable to individuals with disabilities.  The broad instructional focus takes a life span approach to assisting the exceptional individual and family.  Primary emphasis is meeting the needs of students with disabilities in inclusive classroom settings with secondary emphasis on meeting the needs of individuals with moderate to severe disabilities.  Program administration presumes that graduates will work in inclusive classroom settings, resource rooms, or self-contained classrooms.  Students are prepared to teach in local, regional, or U.S. Mainland schools.  This broad generic baccalaureate degree is designed to prepare student to be in Special Education teaching settings and to develop a foundation for more advanced graduate level work in Special Education.  The Special Education program has been nationally approved by the Council for Exceptional Children and NCATE.  Minimum total credit hours required:  131.


General Education Requirements (55 credit hours):  Each student must fulfill the General Education requirements as listed in the Academic Rules and Regulations section of this catalog.  PY101 is required and fulfills certain general education requirement.  One course in Guam history or culture is required for certification in Guam.  HI211 or ED265 is recommended.  (DOE requires ED489 for certification if the student is a dual major).

 Professional Education Requirements (31 credit hours):  ED110 or ED403, ED192, ED201, ED300, ED350, ED355, ED356, ED357, ED451 and two (2) other approved elementary methods courses. 

 Special Education Core Requirements (39 credit hours):  ED215, ED292, ED310, ED314, ED315, ED442, ED443 ED446, ED457, and ED492.

 Special Education Electives (6 credit hours):  Choose two courses from the following:  ED311, ED312, ED343, and ED483.


By the completion of the program, teacher candidates will be able to:

  1. Understand the history, legislation, and policies related to the education of exceptional students
  2. Understand developmental differences and factors that affect learning of exceptional students
  3. Design and implement Individualized Education Plans and Individualized Transition Plans
  4. Evaluate learning environments to allow students to function and perform to their fullest abilities
  5. Plan, modify, and adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of students
  6. Use assistive technology to enhance student learning
  7. Assess student learning through the use of authentic, formal, and informal assessments
  8. Work with family members of exceptional students to identify appropriate resources and to provide advocacy
  9. Demonstrate professional dispositions when interacting with students, colleagues, administrators, and in the community.
  10. Participate in various professional organizations and attend workshops, seminars, and/or conferences at the regional, district, and national levels
  11. Gain employment in Special Education at the Pk-12 levels.


What careers are available to someone with a degree in Special Education?

  1. Interpreters
  2. Physical Therapists
  3. Public Interest Advocates
  4. Public Interest Lawyers
  5. School Psychologists
  6. Special Education Teachers
  7. Teacher Assistants