Minor in Special Education

The purpose of the minor is to provide undergraduate students with an overview of the field of special education. An interdisciplinary program of required and elective courses ensures that students are exposed to a variety of experiences pertaining to disability in our society. Competencies attained by students completing this minor are of both a theoretical and practical nature and stimulate student interest in occupations serving individuals with disabilities. Service learning interactions with individuals with disabilities are designed to inspire students for a career in special education.

Declaring the Minor

  • Students can officially add the minor in Special Education by completing and submitting a Declaration of Minor Form along with a set of unofficial transcripts to the Department of Special Education. Students are encouraged to meet with a program advisor or Department staff member for assistance or questions.

Required Courses (9 units)

Course # Course Name Units
SPED 330 Introduction to Disability 3
SPED 630 Inclusive Education: Empowerment and Equity in Diverse Schools 3
SPED 675 Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities 3

Elective Course: Choose two courses below: 6 units

Course # Course Name Units
SPED 310 Exploring Visual Impairments 3
SPED 370 Young Children Disabled or At Risk, and their Families 3
SPED 620 The Science of Early Intervention 3
SPED 655 Basic Orientation and Mobility for Learners with Visual Impairments 3
SPED 662 Education of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children 3
SPED 671 Positive Behavior Support for Young Children 3
SPED 672 Inclusive Learning Environments for Young Children 3
SPED 688 American Sign Language I 3
SPED 689 American Sign Language II 3
SPED 691 Autism in the Contemporary World 3
HIST 484 Disability and Culture in the U.S. (meets UD-C; Arts and/or Humanities requirments) 3
  Total for Minor Program: 15 units

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