BEd Merged; Exceptional Students and Elementary Education (ESEE)

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This 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: Courses are delivered face-to-face. Candidates are in field settings or on campus from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm, Mondays - Fridays. All methods courses are co-taught by pairs or teams of faculty. Upon program completion, qualified candidates will be recommended for initial teacher licensure BOTH Elementary (K-6) and Special Education (K-6).

Coursework Total Credits: 84

Licensure Track Prerequisites
(15 credits)
SPED 304: Foundations of Inclusive Schooling              

EDEF 310: Education in American Society

EDEP 311: Psychological Foundations

ITE 360/EDEF 360: Introduction to Multicultural Education

Licensure Track Core Courses
(72 credits)
The following courses are block scheduled for cohorts:         


Fall 1

ESEE 310: Learner in the Environment I: Social and Cultural Contexts for Learning

ESEE 320: Assessment I: Foundations of Assessment

ESEE 330: Planning and Instruction: Introduction to Inclusive Teaching

ESEE 340: Planning and Instruction Literacy I: Teaching Reading in Inclusive Settings, K-3

ESEE 350: Field Experience I: RTI Reading Intervention (4 credits)

ESEE 351: Field Experience: Rounds (2 credits)


Spring 1

ESEE 311: Learner in the Environment II: Classroom and Behavior Management

ESEE 321: Assessment II: Formal Assessment

ESEE 331: Planning and Instruction: Integrating Science and Technology

ESEE 332: Planning and Instruction: Math

ESEE 341: Planning and Instruction Literacy II: Teaching Reading in Inclusive Settings, 4-6

ESEE 352: Field Experience II (6 credits)


Fall 2

ESEE 312: Learner in the Environment III: Behavior Management Project

ESEE 333: Planning and Instruction: STEM (4 credits)

ESEE 334: Planning and Instruction: Integrating Social Studies and Performing Arts (4 credits)

ESEE 342: Planning and Instruction Literacy III: Writing and Visual Arts in Inclusive Classrooms (4 credits)

ESEE 353: Field Experience III (6 credits)


Spring 2

ESEE 354: Student Teaching (10 credits)

ESEE 355: Student Teaching Seminar (2 credits)


Field Work 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.


Graduates are well suited to teach in inclusive elementary classrooms and work with students with and without disabilities. They are prepared to teach in diverse elementary classrooms as well as in special education settings with children identified with high incidence disabilities.

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