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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, Emphasis in Special Education Extensive Support Needs Integrated Teacher Education Program (SPED-ESN-ITEP), B.A. in Applied Arts and Sciences

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(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.)

Lower Division Core

(43 units)

Refer to requirements listed in the major. This emphasis will replace areas II.C. and III. with the following

II.C. Humanities (9 units)

  1. Literature: English 220 (3 units).
  2. Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre 100 (3 units).
  3. History: History 100 (3 units).

III. Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

  1. Teacher Education 170 [or Child and Family Development 170] (3 units).

Preparation for the Major

(57 units)

Complete 43 units of lower division core plus the courses listed below. These courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better and may not be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC).

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Complete RWS 280  or RWS 281  [or LING 281 ] with a grade of C (2.0) or better before taking ECL 306W  and earn a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

International Experience

In recognition of the increasing globalization in all sectors of world society, the Liberal Studies International Experience has been established. Students participate in designated, pre-approved study abroad experiences in a different country. Options include a variety of short term and semester formats designed to meet the needs of different students, including those with family and work responsibilities. The purpose of the experience is to increase student awareness of cross-cultural and global issues - issues that are critical to their development as future teachers and citizens in a complex, rapidly changing world. All liberal studies majors are required to participate in an international experience approved by the program director.

To meet the international experience requirement, majors must complete one of the following:

  1. A CSU Study Abroad Program;
  2. An SDSU Exchange Program;
  3. An SDSU Study Abroad Program;
  4. An SDSU Study Travel Program;


Major Including Required Focus and Option

(75 units)

Upper Division Core

(42 units)

Emphasis ITEP

(33 units)


Students must pass the Liberal Studies Mathematics Proficiency Assessment prior to enrolling in MATH 312  and MATH 313 .

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