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2021-2022

Special Education and Teaching, Bachelor of Science in Education

VCU

Community college:
General Education Certificate (Northern Virginia Community College)
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Program description

The purpose of the B.S.Ed. in Special Education and Teaching is to prepare students to serve as initially licensed special education teachers in K-12 schools as well as to serve as educators and leaders in schools and community-based settings.


The program focuses on providing students with the tools they need to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and adults with disabilities. Students will garner the knowledge and skills to become licensed special education teachers who work with children with high incidence disabilities, including individuals with learning disabilities, emotional disturbance and mild to moderate intellectual disability. Students will be able to recognize a child’s educational and social problems, to formulate effective and personalized/individualized instruction, and to consult with parents, teachers and administrators to incorporate accommodations and transitions across the child’s educational program. Students also will be prepared to teach reading and language, mathematics, and other core content areas, as well as be able to apply classroom and behavior management and social skills to students with diverse abilities and backgrounds.


Graduates will be prepared to work in public and private elementary, middle and high schools across Virginia, with particular focus in urban and high-need areas. Graduates will be capable of working with diverse learners and adapting instructional programs based on the needs of their students and clients. Successful completion of the program will result in licensure in special education/general education curriculum (K-12).

Career opportunities

Graduates typically work in public or private school systems, child care centers, and youth service organizations. Teaching in public schools requires licensure. Be sure to explore the certification requirements in the state you want to teach in as they can differ across states. Graduates can also find work with programs such as Richmond Teacher Residency, Americorps, PeaceCorps, Fulbright Student Program, City Year, America Reads, or The Literacy Lab. Learn more and explore potential career pathways at https://www.teach.org/.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Childcare Worker
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • PreSchool or Child Care Center Director
  • PreSchool Teacher
  • Recreation Worker
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of the General Education Certificate
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Highest level of math required
  • Quantitative Foundations requirement only
Science required
  • Natural Sciences requirement only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • Advancement to Teacher Preparation requires 2.8 cumulative GPA and acceptance to Clinical Internship (Student Teaching) requires 3.0+ cumulative GPA.

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Special Education and Teaching, Bachelor of Science in Education

Northern Virginia Community College (General Education Certificate)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend diversity-focused events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity
  • Attend VCU's annual intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
Experience Year 2

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity
  • Attend VCU's annual intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Special Education and Teaching, Bachelor of Science in Education

Northern Virginia Community College (General Education Certificate)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
Transfer to VCU after completing the one-year General Education Certificate (The certificate will fulfill VCU's general education requirements)
SDV SDV 100 - College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning MATH 131 3 General education
Humanities/Fine Arts Select 1: ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I OR ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II OR MUS 121 Music Appreciation I OR PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy I OR REL 231 Religions of the World I VCU equivalent 3 General education
Science Select 1: BIO 101 General Biology I OR CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I OR GOL 105 Physical Geology OR PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I OR PHY 150 Elements of Astronomy VCU equivalent 4 General education
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSYC 101 3 General education
CST Select 1: CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking OR CST 110 Introduction to Communication OR CST 126 Interpersonal Communication SPCH 3 Elective
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education
History Select 1: HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I OR HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II OR HIS 111 History of World Civilization I OR HIS 112 History of World Civilization II OR HIS 121 United States History I OR HIS 122 United States History II HIST 3 General education
Humanities/Fine Arts Select 1: CST 151 Film Appreciation I OR ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I OR ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II OR ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I OR ENG 244 Survey of English Literature II OR ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I OR ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II VCU equivalent 3 General education
General Education elective PSY 230 Developmental Psychology PSYC 304 3 Elective
Northern Virginia credits transferred to VCU 32
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
EDUS 202 Diversity, Democracy and Ethics 4 Major
EDUS 301 Human Development and Learning 3 Major
SEDP 200 Characteristics of Individuals With Disabilities 3 Major
SEDP 201 Teaching Individuals With Mild and Moderate Disabilities 3 Major
SEDP 203 Special Education Law 3 Major
SEDP 216 Families and Professional Partnerships 3 Major
SEDP 282 Multicultural Perspectives in Education 3 Major
SEDP 330 Survey of Special Education 3 Major
SEDP 402 Exceptionality and Technology: Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology 3 Major
SEDP 405 Collaborative Practices and Co-teaching in Inclusive Schools 3 Major
SEDP 415 Action Research in Education and Special Education: Capstone Project 3 Major
SEDP 420 Special Education Leadership for Inclusive Schools 3 Major
SEDP 495 Universal Design for Learning and Transition 3 Major
CLED 405 A Survey of Career Counseling 3 Major
SEDP 311 Secondary Education and Transition Planning 3 Major
SEDP 315 Classroom Management and Behavior Support for Students With Disabilities 3 Major
SEDP 320 Development and Implementation of Positive Behavior Support Plans 3 Major
SEDP 378 Teaching Math to Students With Disabilities 3 Major
SEDP 379 Assessment Practices in Autism and Developmental Disabilities 3 Major
SEDP 380 Teaching Reading to Students With Disabilities 3 Major
SEDP 389 IEP and Due Process in Special Education 3 Major
SEDP 401 Assessment in Diverse Settings 3 Major
SEDP 404 Methods in Teaching Science and Social Studies for Students With Disabilities 3 Major
SEDP 460 Specialized Reading and Writing Interventions for Students With Disabilities 3 Major
SEDP 461 Specialized Math Interventions for Students With High Incidence Disabilities 3 Major
TEDU 410 Building a Community of Learners: Classroom Management 3 Major
TEDU 510 Instructional Technology in PK-12 Environments 2 Major
SEDP 250 Special Education Elementary Supervision 2 Major
SEDP 350 Special Education Middle School Supervision 2 Major
SEDP 450 Special Education High School Supervision 2 Major
SEDP 499 Student Teaching 6 Major
Credits completed at VCU 93
Bachelor's degree total 125