Bachelor of Arts, Special Education (K-12 Generalist)

Bachelor of Arts, Special Education (K-12 Generalist)

Objective: To prepare candidates to teach in special education grades K-12 and to meet Special Education Generalist certification requirements.

Administrator: Chair, Department of Education


Requirements: 64 credits in professional education; 39 other credits, most of which also meet general education requirements.

Professional Education Courses:

*EDUC1100. Introduction to Teaching (1)
EDUC2250. Cultural Diversity in Education (2)
EDUC2750. Technology in the Classroom (3)
*EDUC2960. Field Experience (1)
EDUC3000. Mathematics Lab for Elementary Teachers (2)
EDUC3150. Education of Exceptional Children (3)
EDUC3240. Classroom Management in Elementary Schools (3)
*EDUC3250. Fundamentals of Reading (3)
*EDUC3260. Content Literacy in Elementary Classrooms (3)
EDUC3310. Teaching English Language Learners (1)
EDUC3330. Teaching Art in the Elementary School (3)
*EDUC3480. Designing and Implementing Effective Individualized Programs (3)
*EDUC3760. Diagnosis and Remediation: Mild to Moderate (2)
*EDUC3770. Diagnosis and Remediation: Severe to Profound (2)
*EDUC3870. Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3)
*EDUC3920. Foundations of Education (2)
*EDUC4280. Positive Behavioral Supports (2)
*EDUC4300. Community and Family Facilitation (2)
*EDUC4460. Assessment and Intervention in Reading (3)
*EDUC4540. Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom (4)
*EDUC4550. Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom (4)
*EDUC4580. Methods for Special Education (2)
*EDUC4740. Student Teaching in Special Education (10-12)

*Courses must be taken at Northwest Nazarene University

Other Required Courses:


ENGL1030. University Writing and Research (3)
ENGL3015. Topics in Writing and Literature (3)
        Or: any ENGL course with a W designation (3)
ENGL3740. Children's Literature (3)


MATH2010. Fundamentals of Math Structures I (3)
MATH2020. Fundamentals of Math Structures II (3)


PSYC1550. Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSYC2100. Lifespan Development (3)
PSYC2110. Educational Psychology (3)


2 science electives in different areas, including one lab (7)

Social Science

Non-U.S. History Elective (3)
U.S. History Elective (3)


COMM1210. Introduction to Public Speaking (2)

Program Certification Requirements:

To be recommended for an Idaho Standard Exceptional Child Special Education Generalist (K-12) certificate through the Idaho State Department of Education, a candidate must meet the following standards:

1. Complete all requirements for a baccalaureate degree.
2. Complete requirements of the teacher education program in effect at the time of admission to teacher education and any additional requirements if required by changes in the standards of state regulatory agencies.
3. Complete all education courses and content courses in the special education major with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
4. Maintain a 2.75 or better cumulative GPA.
5. Pass the PRAXIS II elementary content test (#0014).
6. Pass the PRAXIS II Special Education test: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (#0543).
7. Pass the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (ICLA).
8. Receive a favorable vote of the Teacher Education Council for recommendation for certification.

Completing an Idaho approved teacher education program will enable a candidate to be recommended for certification in other states.  Deviations from the teaching major or certification requirements must be authorized by the Department Chair.