Special Education Minor

This minor provides undergraduate students with the opportunity for concentrated work in instructional practices to support the achievement of students with special education needs in general education classrooms. Students will observe effective teachers at work, and learn strategies for creating a positive classroom environment that will promote student growth and achievement, effective instructional practices for students with special education needs, and techniques for assessing the academic progress of students. The targeted instructional practices have been demonstrated to be effective both with students with and those without special education needs. The targeted instructional practices have been demonstrated to be effective both with and without students with special education needs.

The minor in Special Education responds to the growing need to provide appropriate instructional services to students with special education needs in general education classrooms.

Completion of the Special Education (SPLED) minor is evidence to an employer that you have taken additional coursework to help prepare you to work with students with disabilities.

As a SPLED minor, you will gain additional preparation in the areas of:

* the use of assistive technology to aid in reading, writing, and communication activities;
* teaching valued skills to students with autism;
* supporting speech and language development for students with disabilities and other areas related to working with children with disabilities (depending on your course selections).