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 (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 478 (Capstone)

Must be taken Senior Year; 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 (42 hours)

01. SPE 121
02. SPE 400
03. SPE 402
04. SPE 405
05. SPE 430
06. SPE 420
07. SPE 421
08. SPE 422
09. SPE 498
10. SPE 404
11. SPE 401+
12. SPE 442+
13. SPE 470
14. SPE 478 (Capstone) (3 hours)

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (40 hours)

01. Select 1 course:

  • CD 350
  • PSY 270

02. COH 100*
03. Select 1 course:

  • ENG 301
  • ENG 330
  • ENG 333 (WI)

04. Choose program-related electives from the following as needed with adviser's approval:

  • CD 352/L
  • CD 378
  • CD 451/L
  • CD 477
  • HPR 200
  • HPR 322
  • HPR 323
  • HPR 350
  • HPR 351
  • IDS 351
  • IT 453,
  • HPR 411
  • HPR 450
  • PSY 210
  • PSY 313
  • PSY 330
  • PSY 374
  • PSY 385
  • PSY 432
  • PSY 436
  • SPE 431
  • SPE 460
  • SPE 461
  • SPE 492
  • SPE 497
  • THY 401
  • TOE 441
  • TOE 442
  • TOE 443
  • TOE 444
  • TOE 445
  • TOE 446
  • TOE 452
  • TOE 453

+ Please note that this plan of study does not lead to licensure in any area, including Special Education. Students wishing to teach in school settings should follow the Special Education (Licensure) BS plan of study. Students changing plans from non-licensure to licensure may be required to retake courses that have co-requisite clinical experiences in the licensure plan of study.

Up to 12 hours of 1000 level or higher coursework with the following prefixes may be transferred in from community colleges to meet the elective requirement:

CDT (Early Childhood Education Technology), EDU (Education), EPY (Educational Psychology), HCA (Nurse Assistant), HPR (Health, Physical Education & Recreation), HUS (Human Services), IDT (Interpreter Training), OTA (Occupational Therapy Assistant), PTA (Physical Therapy Assistant Technology), PSY (Psychology). Other courses may ONLY be counted as approved electives if they specifically apply to working with individuals with exceptionalities.                         

Prerequisite information:

  • PSY 270 requires PSY 110 as a prerequisite
  • SPE 470 requires SPE 121, 400, 402, 430 as prerequisites

HOURS TO DEGREE

120 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Special Education (Non-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.