B.S.E. in Special Education

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a program to prepare candidates for initial teacher licensure in Special Education. Graduates of the B.S.E. in Special Education will be prepared to teach students with disabilities from kindergarten to 12th grade.

General Requirements

  1. Students must pass Praxis Core by meeting or exceeding the Arkansas Department of Education cut-off scores. This test should be taken after the student has completed 30 credit hours and upon completion of ENGL 1013, ENGL 1023, and MATH 1203. Enrollment for the fall semester in the junior year is not permitted unless all three parts of Praxis I are passed.
  2. All CIED courses must have a grade of B or higher. All SPED courses must have a B or higher prior to the student teaching semesters. No teaching methods courses may be taken by as self-paced (correspondence) courses.
  3. Students must complete and successfully pass the background check before beginning field experiences in the schools in the fall semester of the sophomore year and each semester thereafter. Please note that Arkansas requires all teacher license applicants to successfully complete a criminal background check.
  4. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher by the end of the spring semester junior year. If the GPA requirement is not met, students are not admitted to the Internship courses in the fall and spring semester of the senior year.
  5. Students must have taken Praxis II exams:
    1. Principles of Teaching and Learning and
    2. Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications to be admitted to the fall semester, senior year. Additional Praxis Exams may be required by the Arkansas Licensure.
  6. Graduation requirements include the following:
    1. Students must complete the 2 semesters of Teaching Internship with a B or higher;
    2. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
    3. Students must pass the required Praxis II Examinations by meeting or exceeding the Arkansas Department of Education cut-off scores.