Special Education Pre-K to Grade 4Special Education Pre-K to Grade 4

Bachelor of Science in Education: Special Education Pre-K to Grade 4

Get a description of each of Cal U's special education  and early childhood education courses from our Course Catalog.


First Semester – 16 credits



UNI 100 First-Year Seminar1 cr.
ENG 101 English Composition I3 crs.
MAT 120 Elementary Topics in Math I3 crs. 
ESP 210 Special Education Foundations and Collaborations
3 crs. 
ESP 311 Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions

3 crs.
GEO/POS/ECO 102 Social Science  3 crs.

Second Semester – 18 credits
     Course   Credits
British or American Literature Course             3 crs.
ESP 211 History, Theory and Exceptionality 3 crs. 
ESP 312 ABA in Special Education3 crs.
ESP 339 Special Field Experience I: High Incidence 3 crs.
MAT 130 Elementary Topics In Math II3 crs.
BIO 103 Contemporary Issues in Biology3 crs.



Third Semester – 15 credits

ELE 200 Introduction to Pre-K to Grade 4 Education
 3 crs.
ELE 220 Instruction and Assessment in Pre-K
 3 crs.
ESP 407 Early Intervention Special Education 3 crs.
HSC 250 Health and Physical Education Methods for Pre-K to 4th Grade  3 crs. 
PSY 216 Child Psychology: Birth to Age 4 3 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
Course                                                    Credits
ELE 300 Emerging Literacy3 crs.
ELE 310 Teaching Math and Science Pre-K 3 crs.
ELE 410 Pre-K Field Experience or ELE 411 K-4 Field Experience  3 crs.
PSY 217 Child Psychology: Age 5 to 9 3 crs. 
PHS 120 Basic Physical Science w/Lab3 crs.

Fifth Semester – 18 credits
ELE 221 Instruction and Assessment K-4 3 crs.
ELE 301 Literacy Foundations I:  Language Arts
 3 crs.
ELE 302 Literacy Foundations II: Reading 3 crs.
ESP 349 Special Education Field Experience II:  Low Incidence 3 crs.
ESP 402 Life Skills Planning and Instruction 3 crs.
ESP 403 Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching  3 crs.

Sixth Semester – 18 credits
ELE 331 Teaching Math K-4                             3 crs.
ELE 321 Teaching Science K-4 3 crs.
ELE 331 Teaching Social Studies K-4             3 crs.

ESP 412 Evidence-based Practices

3 crs.
EDU 333 Technology in Teaching and Learning
3 crs. 
Ethics/Multicultural Awareness Course3 crs.

Seventh Semester – 15 credits
ESP 414 Advanced Evidence-based Practices3 crs.
EDU 350 Supporting English Language Learners in the Classroom3 crs.
MUS/ART/THE 372 Creative Arts the Elementary Education
3 crs.
U.S. History Course                                                3 crs.
PSY 208 Educational Psychology3 crs. 

Eighth Semester – 12 credits
ESP 461 Student Teaching Practicum  12 crs.

Note: Prerequisites for ELE 221 and all 300 level courses are ELE 200 and 220.

Note: Prerequisite for ESP 412, ELE 400 and ELE 461 is admission to Teacher Education.

Note: Courses in bold are scheduled together and must be taken at the same time.

Note: Pennsylvania Act 34, 24, 151 and 114 clearances must be on file in the associate dean's office by July 15.

Note: All courses required for certification with a grade of C- or lower must be repeated.

Note: Must apply to Teacher Education after earning 48 credits and before earning 65 credits. Refer to Student Handbook for details.