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Bachelor of Science in Education in Special Education and Teaching

Bachelor of Science in Education
Virginia Commonwealth University

The purpose of the B.S.Ed. in Special Education and Teaching degree 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 will focus 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).


Overview
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Delivery Mode
Hybrid

Program Credit Requirements
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Applicable Admissions Agreements
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Institution Name Type Title
Wytheville Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Western Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Highlands Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Tidewater Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Thomas Nelson Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Southwest Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Southside Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Rappahannock Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Piedmont Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Paul D. Camp Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Patrick & Henry Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Northern Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
New River Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Mountain Empire Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Lord Fairfax Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
John Tyler Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Germanna Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Eastern Shore Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Danville Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Central Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University
Blue Ridge Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement - Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University

You can view the full text of these Agreements in the Resource Center

Key Program Guidance
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Number of Transfer Students
2127.0
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Percent of Transfer Students
VCU prefers transfer applicants with a cumulative college GPA of a 2.5 or higher who are in good standing with their ...see moreVCU prefers transfer applicants with a cumulative college GPA of a 2.5 or higher who are in good standing with their previous institution. Some degree programs like Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Engineering have more competitive GPA requirements. Admission to programs in VCU Arts is also based on an evaluation of additional application materials and may be more competitive. Transfer applicants with fewer than 30 earned semester hours will also be reviewed based on their high school GPA.
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year is determined by the student's first semester of attendance at VCU.
What is The Impact of Work I Have Already Completed?
Associate Transfer Degree Completion Students who earn an Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts & Sciences, Associate of Science, or General Education Certificate from the Virginia Community College System or Richard Bland College may be eligible to participate in the Guaranteed Admission Agreement. Students with one of these degrees may also be eligible to have the majority of their general education requirements waived.

Students who have earned an Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts & Sciences, or Associate of Science degree or the General Education Certificate before enrolling at VCU will have their General Education requirements waived.
Dual Enrollment - Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with HS Students who have earned an Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts & Sciences, or Associate of Science degree or the General Education Certificate before enrolling at VCU will have their General Education requirements waived.
Credit for Prior Learning http://bulletin.vcu.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-study/admission-university/additional-sources-of-credit/
Is This Degree Right For Me?
Is This College Right For Me? VCU is a large, research-driven institution nestled on two campuses in downtown Richmond, Virginia, offering a vast array of degree programs from arts to dental hygiene to engineering to education. VCU students have access to hundreds of student organizations, which is a great way to connect with others whether or not you choose to live in one of our many on-campus residence halls. Take advantage of VCU's location with access to the James River and its park system, internship and job opportunities, community engagement, and interstates to travel to the beach, the mountains, and Washington, D.C..
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

Course Recommendations: Courses equivalent to VCU SEDP 200 Characteristics of Individuals With Disabilities; EDUS 202 Diversity, Democracy and Ethics; SEDP 201 Teaching Individuals With Mild and Moderate Disabilities; and UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument.

A 2.8 GPA is required for admission to teacher preparation.

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Virginia Commonwealth University within your first year via College Connect
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions https://www.vcu.edu/admissions/apply/transfer/
Did You Know That...
  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Virginia Commonwealth University
Transfer Statistics
Number of Transfer Students 2127
Percent of Accepted Transfer Students

VCU prefers transfer applicants with a cumulative college GPA of a 2.5 or higher who are in good standing with their previous institution. Some degree programs like Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Engineering have more competitive GPA requirements. Admission to programs in VCU Arts is also based on an evaluation of additional application materials and may be more competitive. Transfer applicants with fewer than 30 earned semester hours will also be reviewed based on their high school GPA.

Do More With Your Degree
Program Successes & Highlights Highlights of Special Education and Teaching:
  • Develops high-quality educators with expertise in inclusive public K-12 school environments
  • Molds students into professionals who advocate for students to have access to the general curriculum in inclusive education settings.
  • Eligible for license to teach in K-12th grade special education classrooms in Virginia upon successful completion of program
  • Fulfill mission to mold critically reflective practitioners
Graduation Statistics for Major
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Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This Section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please check with the individual institutions for detailed advice.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate in Arts & Sciences Degree in Theatre ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Science, Major in Special EducationBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Social Sciences - Teacher Preparation SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Old Dominion UniversitySpecial Education-BSBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences in EducationAssociateAssociate of Arts & Sciences2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Paul D. Camp Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences in Education AssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeAssociate in Arts & Sciences Degree in EducationAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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O*Net Code Name Description Parent
25-2059.01Adapted Physical Education SpecialistsProvide individualized physical education instruction or services to children, youth, or adults with exceptional physical needs due to gross motor developmental delays or other impairments.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-2059.00Special Education Teachers, All OtherAll special education teachers not listed separately.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-2056.00Special Education Teachers, Elementary SchoolTeach academic, social, and life skills to elementary school students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-2055.00Special Education Teachers, KindergartenTeach academic, social, and life skills to kindergarten students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-2057.00Special Education Teachers, Middle SchoolTeach academic, social, and life skills to middle school students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-2051.00Special Education Teachers, PreschoolTeach academic, social, and life skills to preschool-aged students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-2058.00Special Education Teachers, Secondary SchoolTeach academic, social, and life skills to secondary school students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-9043.00Teaching Assistants, Special EducationAssist a preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school teacher to provide academic, social, or life skills to students who have learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Serve in a position for which a teacher has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations