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Special Education

Bachelor of Arts, Department of Education

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Department Overview

The Education Department programs are built upon the framework of “Educators as Builders of Community.” The programs call for future teachers and administrators to perceive their roles in education as developers of community. The learning community is within classrooms and schools, as well as outside their walls. Not only do education graduates work toward building community with students, families, and members of the local community, but they see a purpose of education to be the development of individuals who assume responsibility for building a healthy community locally, nationally, and globally. Grounded in a Benedictine, liberal arts tradition, the program advocates that the goals and means of the educative process are complementary and seek the pursuit of human dignity and social responsibility.

Degree Objectives

  • To build learning communities where students and teachers make meaningful choices, communicate and collaborate with others, think critically and conceptually, and act justly;
  • To model decision making processes that are inquiry-based, equitable, and reflect the values of Benedictine communities.
  • To actively involve the community as a partner in the educational process.


Matthew Ramsey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and co-Chair
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  • Christi Adams, Ed.D.
    Associate Professor, co-Chair
  • Dianna Henderson, Ed.D.
  • Maureen Huppe, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Matthew J. Ramsey, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor and co-Chair
  • Piper Wentz, M.A.
    Assistant Professor and Director of Elementary Education

Freshmen Year

ENGL-1010English Composition3
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
Foreign Language4
PSYC-1000General Psychology (Person and Community)3
EDUC-2200Introduction to Education2
EDUC-2201Introduction to Ed Field Experience1
GNST-1000BC Experience1
EXSCFitness course (Health)1
ENGL-1020Intro. to Literature (Aesthetic Foundation)3
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
Foreign Language4
Faith Foundation3
Life Science (Natural World)4

Sophomore Year

EDUC-2220Psychoeducational Development3
EDUC-2222Psychology of Individuals With Exceptionalities3
HIST-1100World Civilization to 1500 (Historical Foundation)3
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
EDUC-2214Integrated Art & Music Methods3
EDUC-2226Characteristics of Indv. With Exceptionalities3
Faith Foundation3
Fine Arts (Aesthetic Foundation)3
Physical Science (Natural World)4
HIST-1300U.S. History to 1865 (Historical Foundation)3
SOCI-1000 or SOCI-3250General Sociology or Sociology of Race & Ethnic Relations3

Junior Year

EDUC-3320Curriculum for Ind. With Exceptionalities3
EDUC-3301Social Studies Methods2
EDUC-3303Science & Health Methods/Media2
EDUC-3307Building Community Through Integrated Social Studies & Sciences1
EDUC-3312School as Community3
EDUC-3313School as Community Diversity Field Experience1
MATH-1110Math for Elem. Teachers I (Mathematical Reasoning)4
EXSC-3302Elementary Physical Education Curriculum2
MATH-1120Math for Elem. Teachers II (Mathematical Reasoning)3
EDUC-3319Integrated Language Arts Methods5
EDUC-3317Integrated Language Arts Practicum1
EDUC-4451Philosophy of Education3
EDUC-3314Math Methods & Assessment3
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1

Senior Year

EDUC-4455Differentiated Instruction3
EDUC-4462Classroom Management2
EDUC-4470Seminar for Student Teaching1
EDUC-4492Supervised Student Teaching10
EDUC-CNTXCore Cont Area Exam, Elemcr
EDUC-PLTXPLT Licensure Examcr
EDUC-3322Building School, Family & Community Partnerships for Indv. With Excep.2
EDUC-3324Methods/Materials for Indv. With Excep.3
EDUC-3326Assessment of Indv. With Excep.3
EDUC-4491Supervised Student Teaching of Indv. With Excep.10
EDUC-4471Special Ed. Student Teach Seminar1
EDUC-SPEDXCore Knowledge & Adaptive Content Examcr
EDUC-COMPSenior Comprehensivecr

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education
  • Minor in Education