Union Institute and University

Exceptional Student Education

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General Education Courses

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Minimum Credit in the Major – 48 Credit Hours

Note: All education courses are variable credit and may be taken for either three or four credits. A modified syllabus reflecting the three-credit amount of work will be approved by the chair and provided to the student.

Professional Preparation Courses in Education

3 – 4 credits each

EDU 317 Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Education
EDU 330 Classroom Management
EDU 331 Foundations and Practices in Teaching Reading (also serves as the reading requirement for ESE majors)
EDU 334 Educational Assessment
EDU 335 Effective Instructional Practices

Major Core Courses in the Major

3 – 4 credits each

ESE 321 Foundations of Exceptional Student Education (Completion of this course is a prerequisite for all other courses having the ESE prefix.)
ESE 322 Assessment of Exceptional Students
ESE 327 Language Development and Learning
ESE 331 Educational Management of Exceptional Students
ESE 333 Teaching Personal and Social Skills to ESE
ESE 336 Transition Planning
ESE 337 Terrorism and Extremism
ESE 338 Family, School, and Community Collaboration
ESE 339 Instructional Practices in Special Education

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Electives in the Major

3 – 4 credits each
Although Union Institute & University education majors do not require ESOL courses as part of the major
requirements, it is strongly recommended that ESOL courses be included in a student’s degree plan whenever students have credits available to meet the total hours in the major.

EDU 336 Integrating Educational Technology Across the Curriculum
EDU/ECS 450 Practicum in an Early Childhood Setting (1-4 cr.)
ESOL 321 Cross-Cultural Communication
ESOL 322 Applied Linguistics
ESE 100/200/300/400 Independent Studies (1-4 cr.). Each may be taken up to two times.
ESE 190/290/390/490 Special Topics (1-4 cr.). Each may be taken up to two times.

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Additional elective learning may be accepted when appropriate to the major. Acceptable elective learning may include: prior learning that meets program criteria for acceptance; general education courses (beyond those required by the program) and courses offered through other majors, following published syllabi; and/or individually designed courses developed by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor and submitted using the learning agreement form. All additional electives must be endorsed by the faculty advisor and the dean and documented in the approved degree plan prior to registration.

Culminating Graduation Requirement

As part of course work in the major, every student will complete a culminating graduation requirement (CGR). Students meet the capstone requirement for the Bachelor of Science major in Exceptional Student Education by satisfactorily completing one of the following:

Student Teaching (12 credits total) which consists of

EDU 496 Capstone Workshop: Student Teaching Seminar (3 credits)
EDU 499 Capstone (CGR) Learning Experience: Student Teaching (9 credits)


Capstone Course (3-4 credits)

EDU 497 Contemporary Perspectives on Classroom Organization

Note: Upper-level prior learning examinations and certified learning credits are accepted toward education major course requirements.