Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Special Education: Learning and Behavior Disorders and Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science (5003)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/ste

Program Coordinator

Janet L. Tassell, janet.tassell@wku.edu, (270) 745-5306

The Special Education: Learning and Behavior and Elementary Education dual certification program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and the Kentucky Teaching Certificates for Learning and Behavior Disorders (P-12) and Elementary Education (P-5). The program requires completion of a general education component, related studies component, and professional education component.

Program Requirements (88 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Core Courses
PSY 310Educational Psychology: Development and Learning3
EDU 250Discover Teaching: Introduction to Teacher Education3
EDU 260Classroom Assessment3
EDU 350Student Diversity and Differentiation3
EDU 360Behavior and Classroom Management in Education3
Total Hours15
Related Studies Courses
MATH 205Number Systems and Number Theory for Teachers3
MATH 206Fundamentals of Geometry for Teachers3
MATH 308Rational Numbers and Data Analysis for Teachers3
MUS 314Comprehensive Arts Education for the Elementary Teacher3
PE 354Physical Education for Elementary Schools3
Select one of the following courses:3
Geography of Kentucky
The United States to 1865
The United States Since 1865
LTCY 320Foundations of Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
LTCY 420Literacy Methods in the Elementary Grades3
ELED 345Foundations of Elementary Teaching3
ELED 405Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School3
ELED 406Teaching Science in the Elementary School3
ELED 407Materials and Methods in Social Studies3
SPED 335Foundations of Special Education3
SPED 340LBD Elementary Instructional Methods3
SPED 345LBD Secondary Methods: Language Arts3
SPED 346Learning and Behavioral Disorders Secondary Methods- Math3
SPED 350Assessment in Special Education3
SPED 400Behavior Management Strategies in Special Education3
SPED 425LBD Language Interventions: Strategies and Materials4
SPED 480Data-driven Decisions in Special Education3
EDU 489Student Teaching Seminar2
SPED 490Student Teaching: Exceptional Education5
ELED 490Student Teaching5
Total Hours73

A passing score on the PRAXIS CASE and a 2.75 GPA are required prior to enrollment in ELED 345 and SPED 400. Student teaching occurs during the final semester of the program. Within the professional education sequence, students are required to meet state requirements for fieldwork experience in addition to course work. This laboratory work will be in field experiences away from the main university campus.

Special Education: Learning and Behavior Disorders and Elementary Education candidates may receive academic advising in the School of Teacher Education, GRH 1005 (270) 745-5414. Refer to the School of Teacher Education website (http://www.wku.edu/ste) for additional information.

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
EDU 2503EDU 2603
ENG 1003PSY 3103
HIST 101 or HIST 1023ENG 2003
COMM 1453MATH 2053
MATH 112 or MATH 1163BIOL 113
BIOL 114
Colonnade: Arts & Humanities3 
 18 16
Second Year
EDU 3603LTCY 3203
EDU 3503SPED 3353
ENG 3003ELED 3453
MATH 2063MATH 3083
Colonnade: Social & Behavioral Sciences3Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences3
GEOG 352, HIST 240, or HIST 2413Colonnade: Connections (Local to Global)3
 18 18
Third Year
SPED 3403ELED 4053
ELED 4073ELED 4063
LTCY 4203SPED 4803
SPED 3503SPED 4254
Colonnade: Connections (Systems)3MUS 3143
Colonnade: Connections (Social & Cultural)3Possible MAE Course*
Possible MAE Course* 
 18 16
Fourth Year
SPED 3453EDU 4893
SPED 4003SPED 490 (middle or high school LBD setting)5
SPED 3463ELED 490 (ELED classroom with at least one active IEP)5
PE 3543Possible MAE Course*
Possible MAE Course* 
 12 13
Total Hours 129

Candidates can take up to 12 graduate hours towards their master's degree with permission. See your advisor.