Degree plan

GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)

01. ENG 101

02. ENG 102

GEC 02. Natural Science and Mathematics (11 hours minimum)

Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)

01. Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111/L
  • AST 112/L
  • BSC 103/L****
  • BSC 110/L****
  • BSC 111/L****
  • BSC 250/L
  • BSC 251/L
  • CHE 104/L
  • CHE 106/L
  • CHE 107/L
  • GHY 104/L
  • GHY 105/L
  • GLY 101/L
  • GLY 103/L
  • MAR 151/L
  • PHY 103/L
  • PHY 111/L
  • PHY 112/L
  • PHY 201/L
  • PHY 202/L
  • PSC 190/L

Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

02. Select 1 course:

  • MAT 100***
  • MAT 101*
  • Higher-level MAT course

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)

01. ENG 203

02. Select 2 courses, 1 History required:

  • HIS 101*
  • HIS 102*
  • PHI 151
  • PHI 171
  • REL 131

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)

01. Select 1 course:

  • ART 130
  • DAN 130
  • MUS 165
  • THE 100

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)

01. Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101
  • COH 100*
  • ECO 101
  • GHY 101*
  • PS 101
  • PSY 110*
  • SOC 101

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement

01. Successful completion of the BTLE or 1C3 certification

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (Major Area)

01. SPE 442/L (WI)

ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites

GEC 08. Speaking-Intensive Requirement (3 hours)

01. Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 (SI)
  • CMS 305 (SI)
  • CMS 320 (SI)
  • CMS 330 (SI)

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)

01. SPE 480 (Capstone)

02. SPE 482 (Capstone)

ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites

*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

****GEC restrictions apply. View a full description of the GEC.

GEC 06 - GEC 09 courses are specific to the major.


PROGRAM CURRICULUM

DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (63 hours)

01. CISE 403

02. IT 365

03. SPE 121

04. SPE 400

05. SPE 402

06. SPE 404

07. SPE 430

08. SPE 498

09. SPE 470

Co-requisite Clinical Experience

10. SPE 401/L

11. SPE 410/L

12. SPE 411/L

13. SPE 431/L

14. SPE 442/L (WI)

15. SPE 451/L

Student Teaching

16. SPE 480 (Capstone)

17. SPE 482 (Capstone)

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (9-24 hours)

01. Select 1 course:

  • CD 350
  • PSY 270

02. COH 100*

03. Select 1 course:

  • ENG 330
  • ENG 333 (WI)
  • approved ENG elective

04. GHY 101*

05. HIS 101*

06. HIS 102*

07. MAT 101*

08. PSY 110*

DEG 03. Electives (12 hours)

01. Choose electives as needed with advisor's approval. It is highly recommended that candidates select electives that will lead towards subject-area supplemental endorsements. The total number of elective hours for awarding the degree is 12.

Additional Information:

Electives that will lead towards subject-area supplemental endorsements:

  • English (ENG 101, ENG 102; ENG 203; ENG 330 +9 hours ENG beyond program requirements)
  • Social Studies (HIS 101 and HIS 102; GHY 101; PSY 110) + 9 hours beyond program requirements)
  • Foreign Language (21 hours beyond program requirements) Mathematics (MAT 101 +19 hours beyond program requirements)
  • General Science (13 hours beyond program requirements)
  • Physical Education (21 hours beyond program requirements)

Candidates are encouraged to take courses 10-12 during the semesters in which they are enrolled in clinical experiences.

Candidates must be admitted to the Professional Education Program prior to enrolling in clinical experiences (Gold Card). Certain courses are restricted. See page 245 for details. Teacher candidates seeking licensure must complete a minimum of 2 semesters of clinical experiences prior to teacher candidacy. All courses must be completed before student teaching.

DEG 01 Prerequisites

Pre-requisites for all DEG01 courses: SPE 121, 400, 402, and 430

  • SPE 470 (prerequisites: SPE 121, 400, 402, 430)
  • CISE 403 (prerequisites: SPE 121, 400, 402, 430, and 1 semester clinical experience)
  • SPE 401/L (co-requisite SPE 442/L and SPE 41I/L)
  • SPE 410/L (co-requisite SPE 431/L and SPE 451/L)
  • SPE 411/L (co-requisite SPE 442/L and SPE 401/L)
  • SPE 431/L (co-requisite SPE 451/L and SPE 410/L)
  • SPE 442/L (WI) (co-requisite SPE 401/L and SPE 411/L)
  • SPE 451/L (co-requisite SPE 431/L and SPE 410/L)

HOURS TO DEGREE

122 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Special Education (K-12 Licensure). At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The last 25 percent of course work must be earned from Southern Miss. The student must earn at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss.