Special Education, B.A.
Contact: Jill Burkert, Ph.D.
The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The program focuses on the unique needs of:
- children and youth with disabilities;
- Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and
- Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities.
Candidates who complete the B.A. in Special Education program can receive an Alaska Teaching Certificate with an Endorsement in Special Education (Grades K-12) from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.
Courses are offered at the Juneau campus and through e-Learning (online and via audio conference). The e-Learning option allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their degrees.
Applicants will be admitted into the Bachelor of Arts in Special Education program after completing all UAS general admission requirements and the following:
- Background check.
Admission to Senior Year Practicum and Student Teaching
In addition to the admissions requirements above, students must complete the following to be admitted into the senior year:
- Minimum GPA of 2.75
- Successful completion of all pre-senior year courses with grades of C 2.00 (not C-) or better
- Application for student teaching, including fingerprinting and background check
- Praxis Core/CASE exam scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification. The Praxis Core exam assesses basic knowledge in reading, writing, and math.
- Letter of recommendation from someone other than an education professor speaking to the student’s potential as a certified teacher.
- Satisfactory completion of all courses
- GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Praxis II exam (Elementary Content Knowledge 5018), with scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification.
|Minimum Credit Hours||120|
|General Education Requirements||35|
|General Education Requirements|
|Complete all General Education Requirements.||35|
|MATH S211||Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I||3|
|MATH S212||Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II||3|
|Select one of the following: 1||4|
|Beginning Tlingit I|
|Beginning Haida I|
|Beginning American Sign Language I|
|PSY S245||Child Development||3|
|or PSY S250||Lifespan Development|
|Select one of the following:||3|
Advisor approved elective 2
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Alaska Native Cultures|
|Artistic Expressions and Oral Narratives of Alaska Natives|
|Northwest Coast Cultures|
|Alaska Native Economic and Political Development|
|Alaska Native Social Change|
|Northwest Coast Native Art History and Culture|
|Beginning Northwest Coast Basketry|
|Beginning Northwest Coast Carving|
|Literature of Alaska: Native and Non-Native Perspectives|
|Native American Literature|
Advisor approved elective
|ED S304||Literature for Children and Young Adults||3|
|or ENGL S305||Children's Literature|
|ECE S420||Developing Literacy in the Early Years||3|
|ED S122||Introduction to Education (or advisor approved elective)||3|
|ED S222||Orientation to the Teaching Profession||3|
|ED S230||Introduction to Educational Technology||3|
|ED S302||Foundations of Literacy and Language Development||3|
|ED S333||The Learner and the Learning Process||3|
|ED S380||Multicultural Education||3|
|ED S448||Classroom Management in K-8 Classrooms||3|
|ED S452||Student Teaching||9|
|EDSE S410||Assessing Students With Disabilities||3|
|EDSE S412||Curriculum and Strategies: Low incidence||3|
|EDSE S422||Curriculum and Strategies: High Incidence||3|
|EDSE S482||Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities||3|
|EDSE S483||Language and Literacy: Assessment and Intervention||3|
|EDSE S484||Collaboration and Partnerships: Families and Professionals||3|
|EDSE S485||Transition Planning for Secondary Students||3|
|EDSE S492||Seminar: Special Education||3|
|EDSE S494||(Special Education Practicum)||3|
|EDSE S495||Professional and Ethical Practice||3|
Or any other language approved by the advisor
Must be Alaska Department of Education & Early Development approved course for Alaska Studies.