BEd Exceptional Students and Elementary Education (ESEE)

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The Exceptional Students & Elementary Education (ESEE) program is one of a small number of truly merged elementary and special education programs in the nation. This program incorporates the principles of Culturally Responsive Teaching, Co-Teaching, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Response to Intervention (RtI), instructional technology, Evidence-Based Practices, and Data-Based Decision Making into every aspect of the curriculum.

Class Type, License, & Certification

TRADITIONAL PROGRAM (face-to-face): Candidates are in field settings or on campus during the regular school day. All courses are co-taught by pairs or teams of faculty. Upon program completion, qualified candidates will be recommended for initial teacher licensure in BOTH elementary (K-6) and special education (K-6). Graduates are prepared to teach in general education classes attended by diverse learners, special education classes attended by students with high-incidence disabilities, and inclusive classes attended by both students with and without disabilities at the elementary level.

Coursework (Two Year Overview)

Semester Courses
Fall (18 credits)
  • ESEE 310: Learner in the Environment I: Social & Cultural Contexts for Learning (3 credits)
  • ESEE 320: Assessment I: Foundations of Assessment ( 3 credits)
  • ESEE 330: Planning & Instruction: Introduction to Inclusive Teaching ( 3 credits)
  • ESEE 340: Planning & Inst. Literacy I: Teaching Reading in Inclusive Settings (K-3) ( 3 credits)
  • ESEE 350: Field Experience I: RTI Reading Intervention (4 credits)
  • ESEE 351: Field Experience: Rounds
Spring (19 credits)
  • ESEE 311: Learner in the Environment II: Classroom & Behavior Management (3 credits)
  • ESEE 321: Assessment II: Formal Assessment (3 credits)
  • ESEE 331: Planning & Instruction: Science (3 credits)
  • ESEE 332: Planning & Instruction: Math (3 credits)
  • ESEE 341: Planning & Inst. Literacy II: Teaching Reading in Inclusive Settings (4-6) (3 credits)
  • ESEE 352 : Field Experience II (4 credits)
Fall 2 (16 credits)
  • ESEE 312: Learner in the Environment III: Behavior Management Project (3 credits)
  • ESEE 333: Planning & Instruction: STEM (3 credits)
  • ESEE 334: Planning & Instruction: Integrating Social Studies & Performing Arts (3 credits)
  • ESEE 342: Planning & Inst. Literacy III: Writing & Visual Arts in Inclusive Classrooms (3 credits)
  • ESEE 353: Field Experience III (4 credits)
Spring 2 (12 credits)
  • ESEE 354: *Student Teaching (10 credits)
  • ESEE 355: Student Teaching Seminar (2 credits)

* Student teaching is full time Monday - Friday

Each semester, candidates will gain field experience in K-6 elementary and special education settings (may include inclusive settings). Candidates have three semesters of field experience and one final semester of student teaching. Coursework is closely linked with field experience and student teaching.


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