Elementary Education: PK-4 and Special Education

About the Concentration

Bachelor of Science Degree: 188.0 quarter credits

This certification option within the BS in Elementary Education enables teachers to work with children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1 through 4 (ages 3-9) across subject areas, with the addition of being specialized to work with students at risk for disabilities or with disabilities. As with the Elementary PK-4 certification, the program covers required competencies such as child development, language development, early literacy and math foundations for preschool years, early intervention, integration of the arts for the developing child, and family and community partnerships.

Improvements in the diagnosis of learning disabilities at earlier ages have resulted in an increase in the number of students requiring special education. This program is designed to provide the information necessary to: understand the complexities of the disabled learner's needs; modify a curriculum appropriately; provide remedial instruction; use technology to address the learner's needs/progress; manage instruction for students with special needs in the inclusive classroom; as well as additional approaches to assessment and special education teaching techniques.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, visit the School of Education website.

Degree Requirements

General Education/Content Requirements
BIO 100Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
BIO 101Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.0
COM 111Principles of Communication3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
HIST 276The History of Philadelphia3.0
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.0
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.0
MATH 183Mathematical Analysis III3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
NFS 100Nutrition, Foods, and Health2.0
PHYS 151Applied Physics3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 320 [WI] Educational Psychology3.0
PSY 330Cognitive Psychology3.0
SOC 335Sociology of Education I3.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience2.0
English (Literature) Elective: select course between ENGL 200-3293.0
Free Electives3.0
Pedagogy Requirements
EDUC 101Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar3.0
EDUC 120Child Development I: Typical Development3.0
EDUC 121Child Development II: Atypical Development3.0
EDEX 142Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment3.0
EDUC 205Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
EDUC 236Early Literacy I3.0
EDEX 244Inclusionary Practices for Exceptional Students3.0
EDEX 246Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-83.0
EDUC 265Instructing English Language Learners3.0
EDUC 305Junior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 306Assessment of Young Children I3.0
EDUC 308Creating a Positive Classroom Climate3.0
EDUC 312Educational Policy, Law & Advocacy3.0
EDUC 314Science Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 316Teaching in Urban Contexts 3.0
EDUC 324Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
EDUC 326 [WI] Language Arts Processes3.0
EDUC 335Engaging the Learner3.0
EDUC 336Early Literacy II3.0
EDUC 338Expressive Arts for PK-43.0
EDUC 355Social Studies Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 405Senior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 411Family and Community Partnerships3.0
MTED 417Mathematics Methods and Content: Early Childhood3.0
MTED 418Mathematics Methods and Content3.0
Special Education Core Courses
EDEX 347Special Education Processes PreK-83.0
EDEX 348Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities3.0
EDEX 349High Incident Disabilities3.0
EDEX 350Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities3.0
EDEX 351Pervasive Developmental Disorders3.0
EDEX 352Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement3.0
EDEX 353Special Education: Methods & Practices PreK-83.0
Student Teaching Experience
EDUC 409Student Teaching Seminar I9.0
EDEX 414Special Education Field Placement Seminar9.0
Total Credits183.0


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Elementary PK-4 and Special Education Concentration: Plan of Study

 

4 YR UG Co-op

Term 1Credits
EDUC 101Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 120Child Development I: Typical Development3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
BIO 100Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
COM 111Principles of Communication3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 121Child Development II: Atypical Development3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
EDEX 142Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 314Science Teaching Methods3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
MATH 183Mathematical Analysis III3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
NFS 100Nutrition, Foods, and Health2.0
BIO 101Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
EDEX 244Inclusionary Practices for Exceptional Students3.0
EDUC 205Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 236Early Literacy I3.0
ENGL 200 through ENGL 3293.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
EDUC 265Instructing English Language Learners3.0
EDUC 326 [WI] Language Arts Processes3.0
HIST 276The History of Philadelphia3.0
PHYS 151Applied Physics3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 6
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
EDEX 246Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-83.0
EDEX 347Special Education Processes PreK-83.0
EDEX 349High Incident Disabilities3.0
EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.0
EDEX 352Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement3.0
EDUC 305Junior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 324Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
PSY 320 [WI] Educational Psychology3.0
SOC 335Sociology of Education I3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
EDEX 348Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities3.0
EDUC 306Assessment of Young Children I3.0
EDUC 316Teaching in Urban Contexts 3.0
EDUC 335Engaging the Learner3.0
EDUC 355Social Studies Teaching Methods3.0
MTED 418Mathematics Methods and Content3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 9
EDEX 351Pervasive Developmental Disorders3.0
EDUC 336Early Literacy II3.0
EDUC 338Expressive Arts for PK-43.0
MTED 417Mathematics Methods and Content: Early Childhood3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
EDUC 308Creating a Positive Classroom Climate3.0
EDUC 409Student Teaching Seminar I9.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 11
EDEX 350Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities3.0
EDEX 414Special Education Field Placement Seminar9.0
EDUC 411Family and Community Partnerships3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
EDEX 353Special Education: Methods & Practices PreK-83.0
EDUC 312Educational Policy, Law & Advocacy3.0
EDUC 405Senior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
PSY 330Cognitive Psychology3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 183.0


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