Special Education, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science: Major in Special Education

department: Special Education

interim head of department: Michaelene Ostrosky

department office: 288 Education Building

1310 South Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-0260

department website: https://education.illinois.edu/sped

department faculty: Special Education Faculty

overview of college admissions & requirements:  https://education.illinois.edu/programs/undergrad/programs-degrees/sped-lbs-ug

college website: https://education.illinois.edu/

Curriculum Preparatory for Learning and Behavior Specialist I in Special Education

This program is designed to prepare special education teachers for students ages 3-21. An applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (A = 4.0), a minimum of 50 hours of prior experience with individuals with disabilities1, and sophomore or higher standing upon enrollment in the program. A minimum of 1252 semester hours of credit is required for graduation. To proceed to the five semester professional education sequence, students must have completed all degree requirements outside of the professional education coursework.

Students pursuing teacher licensure programs in the College of Education (COE) must meet requirements in a series of sequential gateways. Included in the gateway requirements are successful completion of specified coursework, achievement of appropriate grade point averages, requirements for clinical experiences, and appropriate tests for the licensure area. Meeting all Gateway requirements leads to degree and licensure completion. 

In order to be recommended for licensure, candidates are required to maintain University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, cumulative, content area, and professional education grade-point averages of 2.5 (A = 4.0). Candidates in teaching licensure programs must maintain a C or better in ALL content and professional education coursework. Candidates should consult their advisor or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages. For teacher education licensure requirements applicable to all curricula, see the Council on Teacher Education.

Licensure requirements are subject to change without notice as a result of new mandates from the Illinois State Board of Education or the Illinois General Assembly.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science: Major in Special Education

Degree Requirements

Orientation Seminar
EDUC 101Education Orientation Seminar1
Composition I4-6
Advanced composition. Students are encouraged to select a course that will also meet a requirement in another general education area. 30-4
Language other than English
Three years of one language other than English in high school or completion of the third semester of college-level language0-12
SPED 117The Culture of Disability3
Humanities/Arts elective 33
Cultural Studies 39
One Western/Comparative Culture(s)
One US Minority Culture(s)
One Non-Western Culture(s)
Natural Sciences and Technology 3
Life and/or Physical Sciences6
Social/Behavioral Sciences
Select one of the following:4
Intro Psych
Intro Experimental Psych
KIN 262Motor Develop, Growth & Form3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Quantitative Reasoning I (MATH 103 is recommended)3-4
Quantitative Reasoning I or II 33
Elective courses (if needed to complete the 125 hour graduate requirement)2-8
Professional Education Requirements
EDUC 201
EDUC 202
Identity and Difference in Education
and Social Justice, School and Society (or program-approved equivalent courses)
Select one of the following:3
Child Psych
Educational Psychology
Intro to Human Development
or other approved course
SHS 320Development of Spoken Language3
EDPR 250School & Community Experiences (LBS)4
EDPR 420Ed Prac Students with Sp Needs (LBE)6
EDPR 420Ed Prac Students with Sp Needs (LBS)6
EDPR 420Ed Prac Students with Sp Needs (LBT)6
CI 431Teaching Elementary Mathematics4
CI 475Teaching Elementary Reading and Language Arts I4
Special Education Core Requirements
SPED 317Characteristics & Eligibility3
SPED 424Foundations of Assessment3
SPED 426Collaboration and Teaming3
SPED 431Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities2
SPED 438Collaborating with Families3
SPED 440Instructional Strategies I4
SPED 441Instructional Strategies II4
SPED 444Career Development and Transition3
SPED 446Curriculum Development I4
SPED 447Curriculum Development II4
SPED 448Curriculum Development III4
SPED 461Alternative and Augmentative Communication and Literacy3
SPED 470Learning Environments I3
SPED 471Learning Environments II3
Total Hours125

TOTAL minimum hours include general education and professional education credits.4