Academic Catalog

Learning Disabilities, Bachelor of Science in Special Education

The Bachelor of Science in Special Education/Learning Disabilities prepares future teachers to serve the needs of special education students with learning disabilities in both regular and special education classrooms. Preparation for teaching students with learning disabilities emphasizes appropriate services, curricula, assessment, and instruction required by students with special needs to facilitate their participation in the K-12 general education curriculum. Technology, collaborative and consultation skills, applications of research, and parent consultation skills are stressed throughout the program. Practicum experiences begin the first semester of the professional program and continue throughout the program in K-12 school settings. 

General Education Courses
I. Communication
ENGL U101Composition I3
ENGL U102Composition II3
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
MATH U121College Algebra3
MATH U231Basic Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
Natural Science (w/ lab):
Select one of the following:4
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Botany and Society
and Botany and Society Laboratory
Chemistry and Society
and Chemistry and Society Lab.
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab.
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Lab
Introduction to Physical Science
and Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory
Math, Logic, and/or Natural Sciences:
Select any Natural Sciences course listed above or:3
Foundations of Human Physiology.
Genetics and Society
Human Biology and Society
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Environmental Science
Natural Disasters
Geology of the Southeast
Psychological Statistics
III. Information Technology
Information Technology:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Introduction to Computer Science
Intro to Digital Studies
Survey of Information Technology
Introduction to Digital Safety
Strategies for Information Discovery
Intro to Music Technology
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States from 1865
Fine Arts, Humanities, and/or History:
Select one of the following:3
African American Culture
American Studies, 17th - 19th Century
American Studies, 20th Century
Introduction to Creative Writing
Interpreting Popular Culture
Business Writing
Understanding English Grammar
Masterpieces of World Literature
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of American Literature II
Survey of British Literature I
Survey of British Literature II
African American Literature
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Contemporary Moral Issues
Comparative Religion
Introduction to Southern Studies
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select one of the following: 13
American Sign Language I
Introductory French I
Introductory German I
Introductory Spanish I
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
POLI U101American National Government3
PSYC U101Introduction to Psychology3
VII. General Education Electives
Select any approved general education course or courses0
Professional Education
EDFO U200Teacher Education Colloquium0
EDFO U210Foundations of Education3
EDFO U341Introduction to Exceptional Learners/ Special Education3
EDLD U410Methods of Teaching Students with LD3
EDLD U412Characteristics of Students with LD3
EDLD U411Practicum in Learning Disabilities I1
EDCI U300Resources and Technology in Teaching3
EDLD U414Individualized Curriculum for Students with Disabilities3
EDLD U415Reading Disorders and Reading Methods3
EDRE U442Literacy I: Learning to Read and Write3
EDRE U443Literacy II: Reading and Writing to Learn3
EDLD U440Practicum in the Instruction of Students with Disabilities II2
EDLD U445Language Disorders and Language Arts Methods2
EDLD U425Practicum in Reading and Language1
EDLD U446Math Disabilities and Math Methods3
EDLD U449Issues and Trends in Exceptionalities3
EDLD U483Assessment of Students with Disabilities3
EDLD U485Behavior Management in Special Education3
EDLD U470Directed Teaching of Students with Learning Disabilities12
PSYC U302Developmental Psychology3
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Psychology of Learning and Memory
Cognitive Psychology
Sensation and Perception
Social Psychology
Psychological Disorders
Psychology of the Exceptional Individual
Introduction to Child Maltreatment
Teaching Science in the Elementary School 2
Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School 2
Supporting Courses
EDRE U384Children's Literature3
or ENGL U485 Adolescent Literature
MATH U232Basic Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
MATH U233Geometry and Measurement3
Select one additional arts and humanities course not repeating the discipline selected from the general education requirement:3
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Total Hours121

The minimum acceptable level of competency is completion of the 101 level of a language. Students who place into the 102 or higher level of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have additional hours in general education electives, if hours are required by their degree program.


Required for add-on Elementary Education certification.

Final responsibility for satisfying degree requirements as outlined in the USC Upstate Academic Catalog rests with the student.