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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog (As of 10-03-17)
College of Charleston
  Dec 16, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog (As of 10-03-17)

Special Education, B.S.

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Credit Hours: 69

In addition to completing the requirements for this major, students must also complete the degree requirements specified in the Academic Regulations  section of this catalog.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult the Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements  for more information.


*EDFS 201  is prerequisite to all other education courses with a grade of C or better.

Optional Licensure Eligibility Requirements* for Special Education

Clinical Internship Requirements


*EDFS 440 : Students seeking recommendation for South Carolina licensure in emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, and/or mental disabilities must complete the program of study above and meet the admission, retention, and exit requirements of the program and the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance. Recommendation to the South Carolina Department of Education for licensure in South Carolina is contingent upon successful completion of Clinical Practice and achievement of passing scores on the necessary Praxis II test(s) for recommendation. Students who do not take Clinical Practice may earn a degree in Special Education but will not be recommended for licensure. See your faculty advisor for additional information.


  • Declare a major in education in using Program of Study Management in MyCharleston as soon as possible. You will be assigned a faculty advisor to work with you in planning your program.
  • You should apply for admission (this is NOT declaring your major) to the Teacher Education Program the semester you are enrolled in EDFS 201 Foundations of Education (3) . Requirements for admission:
    • Minimum overall GPA of 2.750 and 60 earned credit hours.
    • Passing scores on Praxis Core: Academic Skills for Educators designated by the South Carolina Department of Education OR qualifying SAT or ACT scores. Scores must be sent to the College of Charleston (Code R5113) and the SCDE (Code R8108).
    • Disposition forms from (a) a general education faculty member, (b) your EDFS 201  professor, and (c) someone who has observed you working with children.
    • If a student has transfer credit for a course that is equivalent to EDFS 201 , they must meet with the Teacher Education department chair and complete 1 hour of work.
    • A grade of C or higher in EDFS 201 Foundations of Education (3) .
  • Your admission process must be completed before taking EDFS 440 .

Coursework Meeting Major Requirements Excluded from the Major GPA Calculation

The following courses are excluded: ANTH 101 EDFS 440 , MATH 103 , MATH 104 , MATH 105 , MATH 111 , MATH 120 , MATH 207 , MATH 220 , MATH 229 , MATH 250 PSYC 103 , SOCY 101