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Completion of the minor in special education will prepare students to have a better understanding of the social, emotional, and learning characteristics of individuals with mental retardation, autism, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, brain injuries, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and multiple disabilities. In addition, students taking this minor will develop a thorough understanding of PL 105-17, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which addresses the rights of individuals and parents regarding inclusion in the regular classroom, delivery of services in inclusive settings, and transition planning.

The minor is an 18-credit program with 3 required and 15 elective credits. The required credits are met through enrollment in EDEX 111. This course will provide essential information regarding IDEA (PL 105-17) as well as an overview of the field of special education, thus allowing the minor candidate to select a more focused area of concentration.

This minor would be of interest to sociology, psychology, speech pathology, child development and family relations, criminology, and secondary education majors who are interested in interacting or working with individuals with disabilities. This minor can also provide a foundation of study for the pursuit of teacher certification in special education at the postbaccalaureate or graduate levels. To be accepted into the minor, a student must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

For more information, see the Undergraduate Catalog.

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    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
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