2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in English: Secondary/Special Education 7-12

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in English: Secondary/Special Education 7-12 degree is designed for individuals interested in teaching middle and high school English in special education settings. The program develops students' knowledge of teaching and special education as well as literature, grammar and writing. This undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania.

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)


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).


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 17
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT XXX  Math Course 3
PSY 100  Introduction to Psychology 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
GEN ED: Health and Wellness Course 3
GEN ED: Natural Science with Lab 3 or 4
Second Semester 18
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
ESP 311  Assessment and PBS 3
MAT XXX  Math Course 3
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
SEC 210  Introduction to Secondary Education 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 18
ENG 106/107/108 3
ENG 301  English Literature I 3
ENG 345  English Grammar and Usage 3
SEC 220  Standards-Based Education in Secondary Education 3
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies Secondary Ed 3
GEN ED: Fine Arts Course 3
Fourth Semester 18
ENG 206  World Literature to 1600 3
ENG 308  Research in Writing 3
ENG 346  History of English Language 3
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society 3
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 3
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 18
ENG 347  Introduction to Linguistics 3
ESP 312  ABA for Special Education 3
ESP 339  Special Education Field Experience I 3
ESP 403  Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration 3
Sixth Semester 18
ENG 338  Survey of American Literature II 3
ESP 406  Transition Planning and Instruction
ESP 411  Special Education History, Theory and Excpt. 3
ESP 413  EBP for Secondary Education 3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 18
ENG 352  Studies in Writing 3
ENG 425  Shakespeare 3
ESP 349  Special Education Field Experience II 3
ESP 402  Life Skills: Planning and Instruction 3
ESP 418  Advanced EBP for Secondary Ed 3
SEC 392  Teaching of English 3
Eighth Semester 15
ESP 461  Student Teaching
SEC 460  Professional Practices 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching  6
Total 140

Program Notes

  • Student teaching will consist of a split placement between Special and Secondary Education. In addition, field experience will be completed for both certification areas.
  • All required courses need a grade of "C" or higher.