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Special Education, B. A.
Distance Delivery

Bachelor of Arts in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The program focuses on the unique needs of: (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities. Candidates who complete the B.A. in Special Education program can receive an Alaska Teaching Certificate with an Endorsement in Special Education (Grades K-12) from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.
Courses are offered at the Juneau campus and through E-learning (online and via audio conference). The Elearning option allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their degrees.


Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements35
MATHS205Mathematics for Elem School Teachers I3
MATHS206Mathematics for Elem School Teachers II3
Select one from the following* (4 credits):
AKLS105Elementary Tlingit I4
AKLS107Elementary Haida I4
ASLS101Beginning American Sign Language I4
*Or any other language approved by the advisor
Select one from the following (3 credits):
PSYS245Child Development3
PSYS250Lifespan Development3
Select one from the following (3 credits):
ALSTS300Alaska Studies3
___S___Advisor-approved elective*3
*Must be Alaska Department of Education& Early Development approved course for Alaska Studies.
Select one from the following (3 credits):
ANTHS200Alaska Native Cultures3
ANTHS225Artistic Expressions and Oral Narratives of Alaska Natives3
ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS435Northwest Coast Cultures3
ANTHS458Alaska Native Economic and Political Development3
ANTHS475Alaska Native Social Change3
ARTS263Northwest Coast Native Art History and Culture1-3
ARTS282Beginning Northwest Coast Basketry1-3
ARTS285Beginning Northwest Coast Carving1-3
ENGLS365Literature of Alaska: Native and Non-Native Perspectives3
ENGLS370Native American Literature3
___S___Advisor-approved elective3
Select one from the following (3 credits):
EDS304Literature for Children and Young Adults3
ENGLS305Children’s Literature3
Major Requirements63
ECES420Developing Literacy in the Early Years3
EDS122Introduction to Education3
EDS222Orientation to the Teaching Profession3
EDS230Introduction to Educational Technology3
EDS302Foundations of Literacy and Language Development3
EDS333The Learner and the Learning Process3
EDS380Multicultural Education3
EDS448Elementary Classroom Management in K-8 Classrooms3
EDS452Student Teaching9
EDSES410Assessment of Students with Disabilities3
EDSES412Curriculum & Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSES422Curriculum & Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSES482Inclusive Classrooms for All Children3
EDSES483Language & Literacy: Assessment & Intervention3
EDSES484Collaboration & Partnerships: Families & Professionals3
EDSES485Transition Considerations for Secondary Students3
EDSES494Special Education Practicum3
EDSES492Special Education Seminar3
EDSES495Professional & Ethical Practice3


All education programs through the School of Education at University of Alaska Southeast are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, a performance-based teacher accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education recognized by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


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