Forest Grove Education & Learning Major - Special Education

The Education and Learning major is a joint offering of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. It is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the psychological, social, philosophical, and curricular foundations of education. This major builds a strong foundation for careers working with children and in various educational programs, including classroom teaching. The major (as well as many other majors at Pacific) also is a good choice for those who want to complete a liberal arts degree as an undergraduate and then secure an Oregon Initial Teaching License as part of a master's program (see our MAT Fifth-Year program for an example). A minor in a complementary subject area is strongly recommended for those who choose this route. Students not interested in obtaining a teaching license will take the Education and Learning major through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students wishing to obtain the Oregon Initial Teaching License to teach Special Education through their undergraduate programs may do so with the Education and Learning major, as well. Those interested in licensure should complete the College of Arts & Sciences core requirements. In addition they must complete the required special education courses (an additional 30 credits) together with the Education and Learning major requirements. Student teaching is the capstone experience.

Students who are considering a teaching career should consult with the Special Education Program Director and take the introductory education course, EDUC 260 Foundations of Education, by their sophomore year.

Curriculum

Required Courses for Education & Learning Major Credit Hrs
Introduction to Psychology
Psy 150 Introduction to Psychology
4
Philosophical Foundations
Phil 100 or
Phil 202
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics and Society
4
4
Social Foundations: one of the following courses
Anth 101 Introduction to Anthropology
4
Soc 102 Social Problems
4
PolS 140 Conflict and Controversy in American Politics
4
PolS 180 The United States in World Affairs
4
Human Development: one of the following courses
Psy 180 Lifespan Human Development
4
Psy 240 Child Development
4
Education: all of the following courses
EDUC-260 Foundations of Education
2
EDUC-300 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
4
EDUC-308 Learning Communities I: Personal Awareness
2
EDUC-361 Foundations of Human Development & Psychology
4
EDUC-370 School and Society
2
EDUC-420 Language Acquisition in Children
2
EDUC-428 Teaching Reading through Child and Adolescent Literature
2
Required Capstone Experience: one of the following options
SPED-475 Student Teaching
12
OR
EDUC-496 and
EDUC-497
Integrating Seminar I:  Research Design

Integrating Seminar II:  Research Project
2
4
Professional Courses for Early Childhood and Elementary School Authorizations
EDUC-309 Learning Communities II:  Diversity
2
EDUC-397 Field Experience
1
EDUC-411 Educating Diverse Learners in the Inclusive Classroom
2
EDUC-431 General Methods
2
EDUC-436 Technology Across the Curriculum
2
EDUC-476 Learning Communities III: Reflection & Practice
2
SPED-300 Foundations and Legal Aspects of Special Education
2
SPED-305 Exceptionalities
2
SPED-310 Classroom and Behavior Management for Special Educators
4
SPED-320 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education: Academic
2
SPED-325 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education: Functional
2
SPED-330 Integrated Curriculum and Methods for Students with Disabilities: Academic
2
SPED-332 Integrated Curriculum and Methods for Students with Disabilities: Language Arts
2
SPED-335 Integrated Curriculum and Methods for Students with Disabilities: Functional
4
SPED-341 Assistive Technology
1

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Contact

Contact Person: Diana Watkins, Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
Email: teach@pacificu.edu
Phone: 503-352-1435

Contact Person: Christine Macfarlane, Director of Special Education
Email: macfarlane@pacificu.edu
Phone: 503-352-1440