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BSE MS Elementary Special Education
Dual Degree

B.S.E., Elementary and Special Ed/M.S., Speech Language Pathology

The B.S.E. in Integrated Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education, with a Concentration in Speech-Language Pathology, joins undergraduate teacher preparation (B.S.E.) with a master's (M.S.) in speech-language pathology. If candidates maintain the dual degree requirements during the undergraduate portion of their program, they receive automatic admission into the graduate speech-language pathology program.

The Program

The B.S.E. in Integrated Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education, with a Concentration in Speech-Language Pathology, is a dual degree program. Candidates complete a four-year undergraduate teacher certification program (B.S.E.) and a two-year master's (M.S.) program. The undergraduate program consists of a full major from the College of Arts and Sciences, a full major from the College of Education and Human Services, a general education sequence, six preparatory courses in speech-language pathology, and school based clinical experiences and practice. The undergraduate portion of the program is a minimum of 141 credits. Please visit The Office of Clinical Experiences and Applied Research for more information about clinical experiences. 

Admission requirements include:

  • SAT score of 1180 or ACT score of 23, or a passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Battery
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above
  • Candidates seeking to transfer into the program must meet all of the admission and program requirements as well as not having exceeded 67 credits at the time they seek to enter

Program requirements include:

  • Maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above (each semester) in order to maintain guaranteed admission into the graduate speech program
  • Earning a C or higher in all education courses
  •  Earning a B or better in the speech preparatory courses
  • For those graduating in 2017 and beyond, a passing score on the state mandated performance assessment, edTPA

The program is aligned with the standards of the following national and professional associations:
Association for Childhood Education International
Council for Exceptional Children
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium



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