Special Education, B.A.

The Special Education program is for future teachers who wish to teach special education students from the ages of birth to 21. Successful completion of the program enables students to apply for licensure by entitlement in Illinois for the Professional Educator License endorsed for LBS I (preK to age 21).

Special Admissions Requirements:

Admission to the Special Education program is a two step process. Students must first be admitted to National Louis University.

Applicants to the Special Education program must:

  • Pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ISBE approved alternative
  • Have completed all General Education courses and Foundational courses (except LIBR 200)
  • Have completed all General Education and Foundational courses (except LIBR 200, which may be completed after admission) Students who receive a “D” or “F” in a Foundational course must petition the Academic Policies Committee if they to receive permission to retake the course. Foundational courses may not be repeated without the permission of the committee.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or better at National Louis University, with a grade of “C” or better in each course required for the degree
  • Submit an application requesting Practicum III placement 

Program Details:

  • Requires 180 QH, including 61 QH of General Education, for completion 
  • 63 QH of coursework must be completed at NLU
  • Credit by examination is accepted for general education and elective credit
  • The Professional Education Sequence must be taken at NLU
  • A grade of “C” or better in all courses in the program is required
  • Completion of a minimum of 100 clock hours of preclinical experience (practica) is required prior to student teaching
  • Requires student teaching

Required Courses

Communications

LAE 101English Composition I

5

LAE 102English Composition II

5

LAT 210Effective Speaking

5

Humanities

LAE 307Literature for Children

5

Fine Arts

Choose 4 QH of introductory coursework that includes content for the appreciation of art, and/or music, and/or drama. The courses listed below meet that description, though others may be accepted.

LAA 101Art Appreciation I

2

LAA 102Art Appreciation II

3

LAA 110Introduction to Art

2

LAA 200Arts in Chicago

5

LAT 220Introduction to Theatre

5

LAU 110Introduction to Music

2

LAU 220Music as Social Experience

5

Quantitative Reasoning

LAM 112Math Content for Teachers I

5

LAM 213Math Content for Teachers II

5

Physical and Life Sciences

LAN 110General Biology

5

LAN 150Survey of Physical Science

5

Note: One course must have a lab.

Social Sciences

LAS 120Introduction to American Politics

5

or

LAS 200U.S. History and Culture: 1492-1828

5

or

LAS 201U.S. History and Culture: 1828-1898

5

or

LAS 203U.S. History and Culture: 1898-Present

5

and

LAS 300Contemporary World Cultures

5

or

LAS 110Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

5

or

LAS 302Asian History and Culture

5

or

LAS 303Sub-Saharan African Cultures

5

or

LAS 304Middle and South American Cultures

5

Notes: Another U.S. History course may be accepted. LAS 300 is preferred. Another non-western social science course may be accepted.

Behavioral Science

LAP 100General Psychology

5

Library

LIBR 200Digital Information Literacy

2

Additional General Education Requirements - 10QH

LAN 300Ecology and Conservation

3 OR 5

or

LAN 303Botany

5

or

LAN 304Human Physiology

5

or

LAN 306Microbes--Global Perspectives

5

or

LAN 325Human Genetics

5

or

LAN 422Biological Evolution

5

and

LAM 101Thinking Mathematically

5

or

LAM 110College Mathematics: Application of Mathematical Ideas

5

Notes: For students who achieve the required COMPASS score, the requirement for LAM 101 or LAM 110 is waived and the students may select appropriate electives with advisor approval. Other science courses may be accepted in lieu of the science courses above. If selected, LAN 300 must be taken for 5 quarter hours.

Undergraduate Core - 16 QH

SPE 210History and Philosophy of Education

3

EPS 300Educational Psychology: Theory in Classroom Practice

5

SPE 300Survey of Exceptional Children and Adolescents

5

TIE 300Introduction to Technology in the Classroom

3

Professional Sequence - 63 QH

SPE 305Practicum I: Inclusive Education and the Role of the Special Education Teacher

4

SPE 310Foundations of Special and Inclusive Education

4

SPE 315Assessment in Special Education

4

SPE 320Methods for Social Emotional Support

4

SPE 325Language Development: The Role of Language in Learning

4

SPE 330Assistive and Instructional Technology

4

SPE 335Mathematics and Inclusive Education

4

SPE 400Collaboration and School-Family Partnerships

4

SPE 405Practicum II: Advanced Practicum in Inclusive Education

5

SPE 410Literacy in Inclusive Education I

4

SPE 411Literacy in Inclusive Education II

4

SPE 415Instructional Planning and Instruction for Inclusive Education I

4

SPE 416Instructional Planning and Instruction for Inclusive Education II

4

SPE 470Practicum III: Student Teaching

10

Electives - 30 QH

Choose elective courses to total 180 QH with advisor approval

Special Education Student Teaching Enrollment Requirements

Admission to and continuance in student teaching are contingent on the following actions.

Candidates must:

  • Be accepted into the National College of Education
  • File, by the designated deadline, the application form for student teaching
  • Submit to their advisor a report of a TB test taken within 90 days of the student teaching placement, results of criminal background check and acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter status form
  • Turn in a signed log of all the pre-clinical hours specified in their pre-clinical hours required for the program
  • Pass the LBSI (155) and Special Education General Curriculum (163) Content Tests prior to student teaching
  • Complete all of their licensure courses except for SPE 470 (Student Teaching)
  • Pass all methods courses at National Louis University with a grade no lower than a B
  • Participate in faculty assessment and receive approval of his or her portfolio (Livetext)
  • Provide evidence of emotional stability, adequate personality adjustment and competency as indicated by licensure coursework and departmental assessments