Curriculum

You will select a program emphasis in one or more of the following: special education - general curriculum (which includes emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, and intellectual disabilities), early childhood special education (ECSE), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), applied behavior analysis, and/or special education-adapted curriculum.

Total Hours: 36

Prerequisite/Initial Licensure (0-9 credits)

SPED 600 Survey of Special Education
(Prerequisite for students who lack background in special education. SPED 600 (or its equivalent) is required for all students seeking eligibility for the provisional license in special education.)

SPED 601 Designing Educational Interventions for Students with Disabilities Accessing the General Curriculum
(Not required for students in early childhood special education)

EDHD 602 Human Development
(Required for initial licensure for all specialization areas unless equivalent undergraduate or graduate coursework was previously taken.)

Core (15 credits)

EDCI 617 Foundations and Curriculum of American Education
SPED 620 Language Development/Instruction and Assistive Technology
SPED 625 Positive Behavioral Interventions
SPED 675 Collaboration in Special and General Education
SPED 680 Research Seminar in Special Education

Specialization, dependent upon endorsement goals (15-24 credits)

Special Education General Curriculum

SPED 605 Characteristics of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
SPED 606 Characteristics of Youth w/Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
SPED 616 Psychoeducational Assessment
SPED 635 Social, Functional, and Transition Programming
SPED 644 Academic Instruction for Students with Disabilities
RDNG 625 Survey of Effective Reading Methods
SPED 695 Advanced Applications in Special Education
or
SPED 696-697 Internships (3-6)
(For initial licensure in special education - general curriculum and for special education - adapted curriculum, internship experiences at two levels of schooling are required.)

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

SPED 605 Characteristics of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
SPED 651 Designing Comprehensive, Family-Centered Programs for Infants and Preschool Children with Disabilities
SPED 653 Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Interventions for Infants and Preschool Children with Disabilities
SPED 660 Assessment of Young Children with Developmental Delays
SPED 662 Medical and Therapeutic Interventions for Children with Disabilities
RDNG 625 Survey of Effective Reading Methods
(ECSE candidates must complete RDNG 625 unless prior equivalent coursework has been completed. 
SPED 695 Advanced Applications in Special Education
or
SPED 691 Internship in Early Intervention
and
SPED 692 Internship in Early Childhood Special Education
(For the ECSE endorsement, the licensure program includes internships in early intervention - birth-2 years - and early childhood - ages 3-5.)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Completion of SPED 670, 671, 672, and 694 constitutes completion of the Lynchburg College Certificate in ASD, a program of study recognized by the Virginia Autism Council. Note that no current VDOE endorsement that corresponds to the specialization in autism is available.

SPED 605 Characteristics of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
SPED 670 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
SPED 671 Instructional and Behavioral Assessment and Programming for Students with ASD
SPED 672 Medical and Sensory Aspects of ASD
SPED 694 Field Experience with Students with ASD

Special Education Adapted Curriculum

SPED 605 Characteristics of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
SPED 616 Psychoeducational Assessment
(ECSE and special education - adapted curriculum candidates must complete RDNG 625 and SPED 616 unless prior equivalent coursework has been completed.)
SPED 635 Social, Functional, and Transition Programming
SPED 665 Daily Living Skills for Students with Significant Disabilities
SPED 666 Designing and Implementing Adapted Curriculum for Students with Significant Disabilities
RDNG 625 Survey of Effective Reading Methods
SPED 670 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
SPED 671 Instructional and Behavioral Assessment and Programming for Students with ASD
SPED 672 Medical and Sensory Aspects of ASD
SPED 695 Advanced Applications in Special Education
or
SPED 698-699 Internships (3-6)
(For initial licensure in special education - general curriculum and for special education - adapted curriculum, internship experiences at two levels of schooling are required.)
or
SPED 694 Field Experience with Students with ASD

Applied Behavior Analysis

Completion of SPED 654, 655, 656, 657, 658, and 659 constitutes completion of the Lynchburg College Certificate in ABA. Note that no current VDOE endorsement that corresponds to the specialization in ABA is available.

SPED 605 Characteristics of Individuals with IDD
SPED 670 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
SPED 654 Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy
SPED 655 Applied Behavior Analysis: Empirical Bases
SPED 656 Applied Behavior Analysis: Assessments and Interventions
SPED 657 Applied Behavior Analysis: Applications
SPED 658 Applied Behavior Analysis: Verbal Behavior
SPED 659 Ethics and Professional Conduct for Behavior Analysis
SPED 690 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) requires completion of 750-1500 supervised hours, depending on the category of supervised experience (www.bacb.com) to sit for the BCBA examination. SPED 690 can be taken multiple times to meet this requirement.

The BACB has approved the ABA course sequence.

SPED 625 is not required for the ABA emphasis for the MEd in Special Education.