Stephen F. Austin State University

Distance Education Degree Completion

Special Education Distance Education Degree Completion Program Certification

Major Requirements for All-Level Special Education

Students are certified to teach grades pre-K through 12th grade special education upon completion of degree and meeting additional certification requirements.
Core Curriculum (42 Hours)

A. Core Curriculum, as seen below (42 hours)

Early Childhood-Grade 6 Core Subjects Certification

B. Interdisciplinary Academic Major (51 hours)


HMS 203 - Human Growth and Development: Infancy - Adolescence Credit(s): 3
ELE 301 - Teaching Science in EC-6 Credit(s): 3 (2 hours each)
ELE 302 - Teaching Social Studies in EC-6 Credit(s): 3 (2 hours each)
ELE 303 - Teaching Mathematics in EC-6 Credit(s): 3 (2 hours each)

Reading:

RDG 320 - Language and Literacy I Credit(s): 3
RDG 322 - Language and Literacy II Credit(s): 3

Special Education:

SPE 432 - Educational Appraisal of Exceptional Children Credit(s): 3
SPE 434 - Functional Living Skills Credit(s): 3
SPE 438 - Instruction for Persons with Disabilities Credit(s): 3
SPE 439 - Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis Credit(s): 3
SPE 461 - Practicum in Special Education Credit(s): 3
SPE 464 - Early Childhood Special Education Credit(s): 3
SPE 460 - Children with Behavioral Disorders Credit(s): 3
SPE 465 - Educational Programming for Students with Autism Credit(s): 3

Math:

MTH 128 - Intermediate Mathematics for Elementary Teachers Credit(s): 3
MTH 129 - Concepts and Applications Credit(s): 3
MTH 138 - College Algebra Credit(s): 3

MTH 143 - Finite Mathematics Credit(s): 3
or
MTH 220 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics Credit(s): 3

Science:

Four hours from different science areas (six hours)

Recommended:
CHE 302 - Fundamental Applications of Chemistry Credit(s): 4
GOL 406 - Earth Science Activities Credit(s): 4

PHY 410 - Experimental Techniques of Physics Credit(s): 4
or
BIO 301 - Biology for Teachers (Gr. 4-8) Credit(s): 4
two credits of science from core science (labs)

C. Pre-professional Teacher Education:

SPE 329 - Survey of Exceptionalities Credit(s): 3
SPE 466 - Assistive Technology Credit(s): 3

D. Professional Teacher Education:

SED 370 - Sociocultural and Historic Perspectives in American Education Credit(s): 3
SED 372 - Disciplinary Literacy Credit(s): 3
SED 443 - Education in a Global Society Credit(s): 3
SED 450 - Assessment for Diverse and Contemporary Classrooms Credit(s): 2
SED 450L - Assessment for Contemporary Classrooms Lab Credit(s): 1

SPE 443 - Student Teaching in Special Education Credit(s): 2-12 (12 hours)

E. Electives to equal 120 hours

(one additional science, if needed, for three different sciences)

Special Education Distance Education Degree Completion Program

Candidates who have at least 45 hours of coursework with 2.75 GPA may apply for this online certification program.

Requirements for admission include:

  1. self-discipline and technological skills
  2. a GPA of 2.75 in approved 45 hours of specified courses
  3. prior or current experiences with children and access to a special education classroom for field experience
  4. and commitment to four trips to Nacogdoches, Texas, one per semester.

Priorities for admission include individuals currently serving as paraprofessionals in special education classrooms; and individuals living 60 miles or more from campus or having other circumstances limiting the ability for on-campus instruction, including, but not limited to:

For information and an application, go to sfasu.edu/sfaonline/362.asp.