B.S.Ed. in Grades 4-8 and Special Education: Science

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Program Description

The Science concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Grades 4-8 and Special Education degree builds expertise in teaching, special education and the sciences. The program prepares students to earn:

  • A license to teach special education in PreK through grade 8
  • Certification to teach in grades 4 through 8

Certification that includes Special Education may require an extra semester to complete.

Note:  This is a dual certification, not a dual degree.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Accreditation

This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Curriculum

The following sections include an eight-semester schedule of courses provided as a recommended framework for completing the certification programs in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
GEO/POS/ECO 102  Social Sciences Course 3
HIS 101  OR  HIS 102  U.S. History 3
MAT 120  Elementary Topics in Math I 3
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
   
Second Semester 18
BIO 103  Contemporary Issues in Biology  3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
HSC 115  Current Health Issues 3
MAT 130  Elementary Topics in Math II 3
Any Approved American/British Literature Course 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 18
EAS 100  Introduction to Earth Science 3
ELM 200  Introduction to Middle Level Education 3
MAT 181  College Algebra  3
Any Fine Arts Elective 3
Any Approved Ethics/Multicultural  3
Any Approved Science Elective 3
   
Fourth Semester 15
EDU 333  Educational Technology 3
ELM 220  Instruction and Assessment in Grades 4-8 3
PHS 120  Basic Physical Science 3
Any Approved Science Electives 6
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 18
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners 3
ELM 302  Language Arts Methods Assessment 3
ELM 331  Social Studies Methods Assessment 3
ESP 312  Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Educators 3
ESP 339  Special Education Field Experience I  3
ESP 403  Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching  3
   
Sixth Semester 18
ELM 301  Reading Methods Assessment 3
ELM 311  Math Methods Assessment 3
ELM 411  Field Experience Grades 4-8 3
ESP 407  Early Intervention Special Education 3
ESP 411  History, Theory, and Exceptionality 3
ESP 412  Evidence Based Practices 3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
ELM 321  Science Methods Assessment 3
ELM 360  Enviro/Ecology/Nature Study 3
ESP 349  Special Education Field Experience II 3
ESP 402  Life Skills Planning and Instruction 3
ESP 414  Advanced Evidence Based Practices for Elementary Inclusion 3
   
Eighth Semester 12
ELM 461  Student Teaching and School Law 6
ESP 461  Student Teaching and School Law 6
Total 130

Program Notes

  • All ELM and ESP courses require current clearances and minimum 2.5 GPA to register.
  • All courses required for certification must earn C or better.
  • Admission to Teacher Education required for enrollment in ESP 412, ELM 301, ELM 311, ELM 321, ELM 411, ESP 461 and ELM 461.
  • Pre-requisites for all 300 level ELM courses are ELM 200 and ELM 220.
  • ESP 210 and ESP 311 are pre-requisites for all ESP courses.
  • Bolded course titles indicate a block of courses that must be taken together. 

Approved British or American Literature Courses

  • ENG 107  Introduction to Fiction
  • ENG 125  The American West
  • ENG 127  Woman as Hero
  • ENG 148  Horror in Literature
  • ENG 150  Baseball in Literature
  • ENG 155  Black Literature
  • ENG 160  Introduction to British & American Literature
  • ENG 203  Great Books
  • ENG 301  English Literature I
  • ENG 302  English Literature II
  • ENG 337  Survey of American Literature I
  • ENG 338  Survey of American Literature II