(Major Code: 49012) (SIMS Code: 331929)
The emphasis is designed primarily for students who wish to teach special education in K-12 classrooms for students with extensive support needs (K-age 22). This program integrates the study of interdisciplinary liberal arts courses with professional preparation courses and field experiences. Successful completion of this emphasis results in both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Arts and Sciences and a preliminary teaching credential. This program includes subject matter in the arts, English, humanities, mathematics, pedagogy, science, social sciences, and student teaching. The program can be completed in four years or eight semesters. The program requirement for the ITEP program is 132 units which includes one unit required to meet the international experience requirement. [Students are required to fulfill the international experience requirement; as such, students may participate in faculty-led travel abroad opportunities during winter break or summer. In addition, students will enroll in ED 450 for one unit; this course supports international experience.] Furthermore, by completing the program, students will satisfy general education requirements, graduation requirements, major requirements (impaction criteria), and Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) requirements. They will also complete requirements as set forth by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
All candidates for a degree in applied arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of the catalog on “Graduation Requirements.” To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major and emphasis described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).
The SPED-ESN-ITEP emphasis is designed to combine the degree and credential into a 132-unit, eight-semester, four-year Integrated Teacher Education Program. The program is designed to qualify the student for an undergraduate degree and a preliminary teaching credential. A minor is not required with this major.
Certification of subject matter competency by the Liberal Studies program requires completion of all preparation for the major and major courses with grades of C or better. (If a course is repeated, the highest grade will count.)