Minor Requirements — Special Education

These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2017-2018 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.

The minor in special education is designed to meet two broad goals:
1. To prepare regular education teachers to meet the needs of children with special needs in their classrooms, and
2. To begin the process of candidates becoming certified in LBS I at the master's level by offering undergraduates the opportunity to take classes that would result in advanced standing in the Aurora University Master of Arts in Special Education (M.A.S.E.).

Therefore, this minor will enable regular education teachers to enter the workforce with additional knowledge for the inclusive classroom. The minor will also allow undergraduates the potential to achieve advanced standing for a graduate degree (MASE), which would carry an LBS I endorsement, complementary to their elementary or secondary classroom licensure and endorsement achieved with the BA/BS. To become endorsed in LBS I at the undergraduate level, a candidate must major in special education; an endorsement for a restricted range of grades is possible, but it may not be possible if the candidate wishes to graduate in four years.

Academic Standards
Candidates should be aware that graduate school standards maintain that a grade of "C" or lower as being unacceptable academic performance. Graduate school expectations will apply to any undergraduate who elects to pursue this minor and who then plans to apply for advanced standing for a M.A.S.E. degree at a later date Coursework completed in the undergraduate courses that does not meet the standards of the graduate school may need to be repeated at the master's level at the discretion of the graduate school admission committee for special education.

Minor Requirements: Minimum of 20 semester hours
Required Courses, totaling four semester hours:

SPED2120 Characteristics and Identification of Disabilities and the Law (4)

Candidates may take any of the remaining SPED courses totaling a minimum of 16 hours. Candidates should note that other initial licensure programs have special education requirements that are stipulated. The following coursework may be advantageous as they, with SPED 2120, comprise the ISBE Endorsement:
SPED3355 Educational Research Through a Cognitive Development Lens (4)
SPED3750 Prosocial Skills and Challenging Behaviors (4)
SPED3815 Strategies and Assistive Technology for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities (4)
SPED3820 or 5610 Psychological/Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities (4)
SPED4620 Collaboration Models for Inclusion (4)

Note: Some SPED courses require acceptance into the School of Education and Human Performance Licensure Program and/or passage of the TAP/SAT/ACT.