Degree plan


General Education Curriculum


GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)


  • ENG 101 - Composition One 3 hrs.
  • ENG 102 - Composition Two 3 hrs.

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


Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)

Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111 - General Astronomy I 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 111L - General Astronomy I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • AST 112 - General Astronomy II 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 112L - General Astronomy II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 103 - Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊ AND
  • BSC 103L - Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr ◊

  • BSC 110 - Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 110L - Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 111 - Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 111L - Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 250L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 251L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 104 - Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 104L - Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 106 - General Chemistry I 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 106L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 107 - General Chemistry II 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 107L - General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 104 - Weather and Climate 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 104L - Weather and Climate Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 105 - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 105L - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 101 - Physical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 101L - Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 103 - Historical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 103L - Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • MAR 151 - Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. AND
  • MAR 151L - Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 103 - Introductory Physics 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 103L - Introductory Physics Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 111 - General Physics I 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 111L - General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 112 - General Physics II 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 112L - General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 201 - General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 201L - General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 202 - General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 202L - General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PSC 190 - Living in a Material World 3 hrs. AND
  • PSC 190L - Lab for Living in a Material World 1 hr.
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

  • MAT 100 - Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 - College Algebra 3 hrs. *
  • Higher-level MAT course

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)


  • ENG 203 - World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required:

  • HIS 101 - World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs. *
  • HIS 102 - World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs. *
  • PHI 151 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • PHI 171 - Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 - Comparative Religion 3 hrs.

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 - Art Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 130 - Dance Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • MUS 165 - The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.
  • THE 100 - Theatrical Expressions 3 hrs.

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • COH 100 - Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs. *
  • ECO 101 - Basic Economics 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 - World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs. *
  • PS 101 - American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 hrs. *
  • SOC 101 - Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement (Major Area)


  • IT 365 - Computer Applications in Education 3 hrs.

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (Major Area)


  • SPE 442 - Transition/Life Skills: Individuals with Disabilities 3 hrs. (WI) AND
  • SPE 442L - Practicum: Transition/Life Skills 1hr. (WI)
  • ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

GEC 08. Speaking Intensive Requirement (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 - Oral Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 305 - Interpersonal Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 320 - Business and Professional Speaking 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 330 - Small-Group Communication 3 hrs. (SI)

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)


  • SPE 480 - Student Teaching: Mild/Moderate Disabilities/Lower Grades 6 hrs. (Capstone)
  • SPE 482 - Student Teaching Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Upper Grades 6 hrs. (Capstone)
  • Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

Note:


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

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

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

◊ GEC restrictions apply; see here .

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

For full description of the GEC, see here .

Program Curriculum


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


Must earn a minimum grade of "C" Certain courses are restricted. Gold Card required.

  • IT 365 - Computer Applications in Education 3 hrs.
  • SPE 121 - Introduction to Disability 3 hrs.
  • SPE 400 - Psychology & Education of Exceptional Children 3 hrs.
  • SPE 402 - Teaching Students with Diverse Needs 3 hrs.
  • SPE 430 - Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3 hrs.
  • SPE 498 - Families of Individuals with Disabilities 3 hrs.
  • SPE 404 - Language and Literacy: Students with Disabilities 3 hrs.
  • SPE 470 - Legal Aspects of Special Education 3 hrs.
  • CISE 403 - Educational Evaluation of Exceptional Children 3 hrs.
Co-requisite Clinical Experience

  • SPE 401 - Systematic Interventions for Challenging Behaviors 3 hrs. AND
  • SPE 401L - Practicum Interventions for Challenging Behaviors 1 hr.

  • SPE 410 - Literacy for Students with Disabilities 3 hrs. AND
  • SPE 410L - Practicum: Literacy for Students w/Disabilities 1 hr.

  • SPE 411 - Mathematics for Students with Disabilities 3 hrs. AND
  • SPE 411L - Practicum: Math for Students with Disabilities 1 hr.

  • SPE 431 - Teaching Academics to Students with Disabilities 3 hrs. AND
  • SPE 431L - Practicum: Teaching Academics 1 hr.

  • SPE 442 - Transition/Life Skills: Individuals with Disabilities 3 hrs. AND (WI)
  • SPE 442L - Practicum: Transition/Life Skills 1hr. (WI)

  • SPE 451 - Classroom and School Management Systems/Strategies 3 hrs. AND
  • SPE 451L - Practicum for Classroom Management 1 hr.
Student Teaching

  • SPE 480 - Student Teaching: Mild/Moderate Disabilities/Lower Grades 6 hrs. (Capstone)
  • SPE 482 - Student Teaching Mild/Moderate Disabilities: Upper Grades 6 hrs. (Capstone)

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (9-24 hours)


  • COH 100 - Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs. *
  • GHY 101 - World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs. *
  • HIS 101 - World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs. *
  • HIS 102 - World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs. *
  • MAT 101 - College Algebra 3 hrs. *
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 hrs. *
Select 1 course:

  • CD 350 - Child Development 3 hrs.

  • PSY 270 - Child Psychology 3 hrs.
Select 1 course:

  • ENG 330 - Writing and Education 3 hrs.
  • ENG 333 - Technical Writing 3 hrs.
  • Approved ENG elective

DEG 03. Electives (12 hours)


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.

  • English (9 hours beyond program requirements)
  • Social Studies (9 hours beyond program requirements)
  • Foreign Language (21 hours beyond program requirements)
  • Mathematics (19 hours beyond program requirements)
  • General Science (13 hours beyond program requirements)
  • Physical Education (21 hours beyond program requirements)

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 student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements  for more information.

Note:


Praxis II and PLT tests scores must be reported to Southern Miss PRIOR to graduation.