2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Special Education

The 128 credit-hour minimum is achievable by using specific courses that meet both general education requirements and the Special Education major curriculum requirements. We recommend students work with their academic advisor.

The Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree leads to the state of Illinois Professional Educator License in Special Education: Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS I) with the Middle Grades Literacy Endorsement. Special Education majors must complete all requirements of the College of Education to be eligible for licensure.

Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) are general education courses Concordia-Chicago agrees to accept in lieu of comparable, lower-division general education requirements. For more information regarding IAI transfer credit, please see the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s iTransfer website at www.itransfer.org.

University Requirements 

COL-1995Vocation and College Success1

General Education Requirements

Communication (9 Hours)

Required Courses
ENG-1100English Composition3
COM-1100Speech Communication3
ENG-2000Writing About Literature3

Humanities (9 Hours)

Humanities: Select one form the following3
History of the American People to 1877
History of the American People since 1877
Fine Arts: Select one from the following3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Two-Dimensional Basic Studio
Three-Dimensional Basic Studio
Western Art: Pre-History through Renaissance
Western Art: Post Renaissance through Contemporary
Non-Western Art 1
Introduction to Film Studies
Global Documentary 1
Exploration of Music
Survey of Western Music
Music of World Cultures 1
History of Jazz
Introduction to Theater
Select one Humanities or Fine Arts from the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Two-Dimensional Basic Studio
Three-Dimensional Basic Studio
Non-Western Art
Western Art: Pre-History through Renaissance
Western Art: Post Renaissance through Contemporary
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Introduction to Film Studies
Global Documentary
Literature for Children, Adolescents & Young Adults
Non-Western Literature
Society and Literature
U.S. Latina/o Literature(s)
Greek & Roman Mythology
African American Literature
Classical World Literature
Modern World Literature
German for Reading I
German for Reading II
Greek I
Greek II
Hebrew I
Hebrew II
Survey of Early Modern Europe, 1350-1815
Survey of Modern Europe Since 1815
History of the American People to 1877
History of the American People since 1877
Survey of World History to 1350 1
Survey of the World Since 1350 1
U.S. Women's History
African American History
Hispanic and Latino American History
Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations
A History of Illinois
Arts and Ideas (incoming freshmen, transfer students exempt)
Intro to American Cultural Studies
Latin I
Latin II
Exploration of Music
Survey of Western Music
Music of World Cultures
History of Jazz
Primer in Philosophy
Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Logic
Social and Political Philosophy
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Introduction to Theater

Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 Hours)

Required Courses
EDUC-2020Human and Cognitive Development (May also be applied to Special Education major)3
PSY-2125Child and Adolescent Psychology3
Select one additional course from the following:3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1
Foundations of Economics
Geography of North America
World Geography: Culture Patterns 1
The Developing World 1
Introduction to Global Cultural Studies
Engaging Diversity: U.S. Perspectives
American Government and Politics
Social and Political Philosophy
International Relations
Introduction to Comparative Politics
General Psychology
The Mind and the Brain
Developmental Psychology: Life Span
Social Psychology
People and Society (transfer students exempt)
Introduction to Sociology
Marriage and the Family
Sociology of Gender/Sexualities
Race, Ethnicity, & Racisms in the U.S.
Social Inequality: Class, Status and Power

Physical and Life Science (7-8 Hours)

At least one science course must include a lab.

Life Science3-4
Select one from the following:
Biology in the World Today
Medical Terminology
Fundamentals of Microbiology
Physical Science3-4
Select one from the following:
Elements of Earth Science
Consumer Chemistry
Chemistry in the World Today
Health Science Applications in Chemistry
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Concepts in Chemistry and Biology
This is a list of courses with a lab:
Biology in the World Today
Fundamentals of Microbiology
Consumer Chemistry
Physics of Things We Use
Concepts in Chemistry and Biology
Concepts in Physics and Earth Science
Energy and Our Environment
Introduction to Sustainability

Mathematics (3 Hours)

MAT-1412Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers: Geometry, Statistics, Functions3

University Requirements

Theology – Public Teacher Education (6 Hours)

Biblical Course
THY-1100The Bible (B)3
Introduction to the Old Testament (B)
Introduction to the New Testament (B)
Theological Course
THY-1210Introduction to Christianity (S)3

Theology – Lutheran Teacher Education (21 Hours)

Required Methods Course
EDUC-4900Lutheran Teacher: Vocation and Methods3
Theology Minor (2.75 GPA Required)
Required Courses
THY-2010Introduction to the Old Testament (B) 23
THY-2500Martin Luther's Small and Large Catechisms (S) 13
THY-3105Introduction to the New Testament (B)3
THY-3320Survey of Church History (H)3
Select 2 courses from the list below6
The Augsburg Confession and its Apology (S)
The Ancient Creeds, the Smalcald Articles, and the Treaties (S)
The Formula of Concord (S)