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Lake Superior State University

Elementary Education: Special Education-Learning Disabilities: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


Teachers for students with learning disabilities are in high demand both in Michigan and across the country. Combining this specialty with an elementary certificate will prepare our graduates for a wide variety of teaching assignments working with students who will really benefit from the quality education experiences you can provide.

The major in Elementary Education: Special Education- Learning Disabilities offers you the opportunity to become a certified special education teacher in a public or charter school. As an elementary teacher, the graduate will be a Highly Qualified teacher under No Child Left Behind when they are teaching in self contained classrooms grades K-8. Based on completing an academic minor in a teaching field the graduate will be qualified to teach that field in grades 6-8. As an elementary teacher with a special education endorsement to work with students who have learning disabilities the graduate will be qualified to work as a special education teacher. The program requires the same training as an elementary teacher with an academic major in learning disabilities. A teaching minor is required.



Degree Requirements


Must be admitted to School of Education prior to registering for EDSE301

(Minimum grade per course B- including transfer credit)

Special Education Major (32 credits)

  • EDSE301 Introduction to Special Education 3
  • EDSE302 Communication and Community 3
  • EDSE320 Introduction to Learning Disabilities 4
  • EDSE401 Issues and Trends Impacting Learning Disabilities & Special Ed 3
  • EDSE403 Assessment and Diagnosis 3
  • EDSE404 Instruction and Technology for Learning Disabilities-Preschool to Empl 4
  • EDSE480 Student Teaching Seminar: Special Education 1
  • EDSE492 Internship/Supervised Student Teaching: Learning Disabilities 8
  • PSYC301 Exceptional Child and Adolescent 3

Professional Education Requirements (41 credits)

  • EDUC150 Reflections on Learning and Teaching 3
  • EDUC250 Student Diversity & Schools 3
  • EDUC301 Learning Theory and Teaching Practice 4
  • EDUC330 Reading in the Elementary Classroom 3
  • EDUC410 Corrective Reading in the Classroom 3
  • EDUC411 Elementary Language Arts and Methods Across the Curriculum 3
  • EDUC420 Math Methods for Elementary Teachers 2
  • EDUC421 Science Methods for Elementary Teachers 2
  • EDUC422 Social Studies Methods for Elementary Teachers 2
  • EDUC423 Arts Methods for Classroom Teachers 2
  • EDUC424 Health/Physical Education Methods for Classroom Teachers 2
  • EDUC480 Internship in Teaching: Seminar 1
  • EDUC492 Internship/Advanced Methods: (subject) 8
  • EDUC602 Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Practice I 3

Elementary Planned Program (51 credits)

  • MATH103 Number Systems & Problem Solving 4
  • MATH104 Geometry & Measurement 4
  • BIOL107 Field Biology 3
  • NSCI110 Chemistry in Society 4
  • NSCI101 Conceptual Physics 4
  • NSCI102 Introduction to Geology 4
  • POLI110 Introduction to American Government and Politics 4
  • GEOG201 World Regional Geography 4
  • PSYC265 Child Adolescent Psychology 3

Select one history sequence:

  • HIST101 World Civilization I 4
    and
  • HIST102 World Civilization II 4
    or
  • HIST131 United States History I 4
    and
  • HIST132 United States History II 4
  • ENGL222 English Grammar 3
  • ENGL335 Children’s Literature Classroom 3

Choose one literature class from the following:

  • ENGL180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
  • ENGL235 Survey of Native Literature of North America 3
  • ENGL236 Literature and Culture 3

Education Cognates (4 credits)

  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • One credit from courses in: ARTS, DANC, MUSC, THEA, or NATV240 1

General Education Requirements

  • COMM101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • Humanities Elective 3-4
  • Natural Science Elective [met in elementary planned program] 4
  • Natural Science Elective [met in elementary planned program] 4
  • Social Science Elective [met in elementary planned program] 3-4
  • Social Science Elective [met in elementary planned program] 3-4
  • MATH110 Elective [met by MATH207 in education cognates] 3-5
  • Diversity Elective [met by EDUC250 in professional education sequence] 3-4

Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.