Special Education Grades 4 to 8Special Education Grades 4 to 8

Special Education Grades 4 to 8

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

Bachelor of Science in Education Middle Level Education/Special Education

Candidates seeking grades 4 to 8 teaching certification may choose from the following concentrations:

  • Middle Level Grades 4 to 8–English Language Arts and Reading/Special Education Pre-K to 8 (Major Code 1621)
  • Middle Level Grades 4 to 8–Mathematics/Special Education Pre-K to 8 (Major Code 1622)
  • Middle Level Grades 4 to 8–Science/Special Education Pre-K to 8 (Major Code 1623)
  • Middle Level Grades 4 to 8–Social Studies/Special Education Pre-K to 8 (Major Code 1624)

First Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar 3 crs. 
ENG 101 English Composition I  3 crs.
MAT 120  Elementary Topics in Math I  3 crs.
GEO/POS/ECO 120 Social Sciences  3 crs.
ESP 210 Special Education Foundations and Collaborations 3 crs.
ESP 311 Assessment and Positive Behavior Intervention  3 crs.


Second Semester - 18 credits
CourseCredits
American/British Literature Course 3 crs.
MAT 130 Elementary Topics in Math II  3 crs.
HSC 115 Current Health Issues 3 crs.
ESP 211 Special Education History, Theory and Exceptionality  3 crs.
ESP 312 ABA for Special Education 3 crs.
ESP 339 Field Experience: High Incidence 3 crs.



Third Semester – 18 credits
CourseCredits
ELM 200 Introduction to 4 to 8 Middle Level Education3 crs.
ESP 407 Early Intervention Special Education3 crs.
PSY 206 Adolescent Psychology3 crs.
General Education OR Concentration Courses           12 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
ELM 220 Instruction and Assessment in Grade 4-8 Classrooms 3 crs.
General Education OR Concentration Courses9 crs.
EDU 333 Technology in Teaching and Learning 
3 crs. 


Fifth Semester – 18 credits
CourseCredits
ELM 302 Language Arts Methods, Assessments Interventions3 crs.
ELM 331 Social Studies Methods, Assessments and Interventions3 crs.
ESP 349 Special Education Field Experience II: Low Incidence3 crs.
ESP 402 Life Skills Planning and Instruction3 crs.
ESP 403 Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching3 crs.
General Education OR Concentration Course 3 crs.

Sixth Semester – 18 credits
CourseCredits
ELM 311 Math Methods, Assessments and Interventions3 crs.
ELM 301 Reading Methods, Assessments and Interventions3 crs.
ELM 411 Field Experience Grades 4 to 6        3 crs.
ESP 412 Evidence-based Practices 3 crs.
General Education OR Concentration Courses3 crs.
Ethics/Multiculturalism Course  3 crs.

Seventh Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
ELM 321 Science Methods, Assessments and Interventions3 crs.
EDU 350 Supporting English Language Learners in the Classroom    3 crs.
ESP 412 Evidence-based Practices3 crs.
General Education OR Concentration Courses6 crs.

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


Note: Prerequisites for all ELM 300-level courses are ELM 200 and 220.

Note: Prerequisite for ESP 412 and 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 for admission to Teacher Education after earning 48 credits and before earning 65 credits.  Refer to the Student Handbook for details.