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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Special Education

Office of Student Services
1204 Benjamin Bldg, 301-405-2364

NOTE:  The Minor in Special Education is under review.  For further information, please contact the Office of Student Services, 1204 Benjamin Bldg, 301-405-2364 or ed-advising@umd.edu .

The minor in Special Education provides opportunities for undergraduates to enroll in a sequence of education courses to determine if working with students with disabilities is a viable career option.  For individuals interested in pursuing this career option, a one-year M.Ed. program, leading to certification as a special educator, is also available.18 credits are required for this minor.

  • Two courses (6 credits) may overlap with a student's major.
  • Individuals pursuing the minor must select one of three age-based specializations:  Early Childhood, Elementary, or Secondary Special Education.
  • The minor incorporates coursework to meet the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) reading requirements that are part of the special education teacher certification requirements.
  • A cumulative 2.75 GPA and junior status (60 credits) is required for enrollment in all professional education courses (i.e., all courses required for the minor except EDSP210/470).
  • All courses for the minor must be passed with a grade of "C-" or better. 
  • No more than two courses (6 credits) may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland.

Core Courses required for the Minor:

EDSP210/470 Introduction to Special Education
EDSP413 Behavior & Classroom Management in Special Education
EDSP415 Assessment in Special Education
EDSP416 Reading & Writing Instruction in Special Education I 

Additional Courses Required for Early Childhood Special Education:

EDHD425                   Language Development & Reading Acquisition
EDSP423                   Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education

Additional Courses Required for Elementary Special Education:

EDHD425                  Language Development & Reading Acquisition
EDSP485                  Assessment & Instruction in Mathematics in Special Education

Additional Courses Required for Secondary Special Education:

EDHD426 or
Cognition & Motivation in Reading: Reading in Content Areas or Reading in the Secondary School
EDSP485 Assessment & Instruction in Mathematics in Special Education

Minor and M.Ed. Teacher Certification Program
For individuals interested in pursuing special education teacher certification, a one year M.Ed. program is available after completing the 18-hour minor in special education and an undergraduate degree. To be admitted to this M.Ed. Special Education program, program applicants must apply to the graduate school (www.gradschool.umd.edu) during their senior year and pass the Praxis CORE test at scores established by the Maryland State Department of Education ( www.education.umd.edu/studentinfo/teacher_education/praxisinfo.html ). All teacher candidates at the University of Maryland must pass Praxis II prior to the teaching internship.  

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