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.