Note: As of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

This bachelor's degree is designed to prepare both educators for the classroom and individuals working in a special education context outside of the classroom with the specialized skills and content knowledge needed to support the needs of individuals with disabilities. Students may focus their program on a specific area in the field by completing a teacher licensure concentration (i.e., Teaching Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum K-12, Teaching Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum K-12, Teaching Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments PK-12) or a non-licensure sequence to fulfill the requirements for the BSEd in Special Education degree program.

Note: As of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Admissions

Students with an interest in majoring in Special Education will initially be accepted into the Special Education, BSEd, without concentration. Students must submit passing scores for all Commonwealth of Virginia mandated tests for the licensure area to enroll in the concentrations.

Policies

Students in the concentrations must maintain at least a 2.25 GPA in their major coursework and successfully complete:

  • Emergency First Aid, CPR and AED certification or training. 

Students enrolled in the General K-12 Licensure Concentration must also complete:

  • Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education

Students enrolled in the Blindness and Visual Impairments PK-12 Licensure Concentration must also complete:

  • Praxis II: Braille Proficiency
  • Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education

Banner Code: E1-BSED-EDSE

Note: As of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

Foundation Requirements:
Written Communication3
Composition (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology and Computing3
Exploration Requirements:
Arts3
Global Understanding3
Literature3
Natural Science7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Integration Requirement:
Written Communication3
Advanced Composition (Mason Core)
Writing Intensive (fulfilled by major requirements)
Synthesis/Capstone (fulfilled by major requirements)
Total Credits37

Program Core Requirements

EDUC 200Introduction to Education: Teaching, Learning and Schools 3
EDUC 302Human Growth and Development3
or PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)
EDSE 201Introduction to Special Education3
EDSE 251Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Supports3
EDSE 351Technology Integration for Specialized Instruction3
EDSE 352Assessment3
EDSE 353Individualized Behavior Supports3
EDSE 354Consultation and Collaboration3
EDSE 381Exploratory Field Experience in Special Education3
EDSE 451Transition and Self-Determination3
EDSE 452Intersectionality and Disability3
EDSE 481Internship: Professional Services 112
or EDSE 482 Internship: General
or EDSE 483 Internship: Adapted (Severe Disabilities)
or EDSE 484 Internship: Blindness and Visual Impairments
Total Credits45

BSEd in Special Education without Concentration

Students who do not select an optional concentration must complete the special education core and select at least 15 credits from the special education offerings below (NOTE: A minimum of 45 upper-level credits in the major is required):

Select 15 credits from the following:15
Disability in American Culture
Disability in a Global Society
Characteristics of Students with Disabilities: High-incidence
Characteristics of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments
Language Acquisition and Reading Development
Characteristics of Students with Severe Disabilities
Communication with Severe Disabilities
Deaf History
Braille Code
Medical and Educational Implications of Blindness and Visual Impairments
Orientation and Mobility for Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments
Teaching Methods for Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments
Curriculum and Assessment of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments
Braille Reading and Writing
Deaf Culture
Instructional Strategies for Reading and Writing
Instructional Strategies for Math
Curriculum and Methods in Severe Disabilities
Foundations of Language and Literacy for Individuals with Severe Disabilities
Interdisciplinary Approach for Children with Sensory and Motor Disabilities
Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments
Internship: Professional Services (credits included in Major Requirements)
Total Credits15

Electives

Select an additional 23 credits from any courses.23
Total Credits23

Concentration in General K-12 Licensure (GLIC)

EDSE 241Characteristics of Students with Disabilities: High-incidence3
EDSE 341Language Acquisition and Reading Development3
EDSE 441Instructional Strategies for Reading and Writing3
EDSE 443Instructional Strategies for Math3
EDSE 445Clinical Practice and Seminar I: General2
EDSE 446Clinical Practice and Seminar 2: General2
EDSE 482Internship: General (credits included in Major Requirements)12
Total Credits28

Electives

Select an additional 22 credits from any courses.22
Total Credits22

 Concentration in Adapted K-12 Licensure (ALIC)

EDSE 361Characteristics of Students with Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 362Communication with Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 463Curriculum and Methods in Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 465Clinical Practice and Seminar 1: Adapted (Severe Disabilities) 2
EDSE 466Clinical Practice and Seminar 2: Adapted (Severe Disabilities) 2
EDSE 467Foundations of Language and Literacy for Individuals with Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 469Interdisciplinary Approach for Children with Sensory and Motor Disabilities3
EDSE 483Internship: Adapted (Severe Disabilities) (credits included in Major Requirements)12
Total Credits31

Electives

Select an additional 19 credits from any courses.19
Total Credits19

 Concentration in Blindness and Visual Impairments PK-12 Licensure (BVI)

EDSE 311Characteristics of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments3
EDSE 341Language Acquisition and Reading Development3
EDSE 412Braille Code3
EDSE 413Medical and Educational Implications of Blindness and Visual Impairments3
EDSE 414Orientation and Mobility for Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments2
EDSE 417Teaching Methods for Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments3
EDSE 418Curriculum and Assessment of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments3
EDSE 419Braille Reading and Writing3
EDAT 422Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments3
EDSE 484Internship: Blindness and Visual Impairments (credits included in Major Requirements)12
Total Credits38

Electives 

Select an additional 12 credits from any course.12
Total Credits12