What is Special Education Major?

Taking care of persons with special needs shows an aspect of community and civilizational development since it progresses with a human being to his utmost abilities and enables him to respect these developments.

People vary in the sense of their needs, abilities, tendencies. On one hand, this variance results in differences in creativity, contributions and outcomes, while displaying disproportionality in their need for care and education on the other hand.

This being said, Special Education comprises a number of educational programs and activities consistent with providing care for and teaching a specific group of special needs students. The purpose is to stimulate their mental and physical abilities as much as possible, and to help them reach self-actualization and adapt with their surroundings, keeping in mind that these environments must be least restrictive for their abilities.

Workers in the field of Special Education usually enjoy deep human relationships with special needs persons, and are ready to face challenges resulting from the nature of work with this category of students. Nevertheless, the emotional and physical requirements of this career entitles workers to enjoy patience, tolerance, motivation, understanding needs of students and acceptance of their differences.

Special Education is becoming an essential request for a great number of schools who adopt the principle of integration, early care and intervention centers and families of special needs children. It aims at providing them with the appropriate care based on recent studies and researches.

Expected Outcomes

Students of this specialty shall acquire necessary knowledge, skills and orientations to work in the field of Special Education through educational and practical programs that detect and recognize special needs, intervention and teaching strategies, measurement and evaluation, in addition to comprehensive developmental programs.

By the end of their studies, students shall be able to:

  • Adapt the academic curriculum in accordance with the learners’ requirements.
  • Detect and recognize special needs relevant to the characteristics of each of the categories of Special Education.
  • Use special teaching strategies taking into consideration the special needs of each student.
  • Design training programs to qualify and guide families of persons with special needs.
  • Participate in the process of measurement and evaluation in the field of Special Education by applying scanning tests and tools developed for the use of the teacher.
  • Set an individual educational plan based on their understanding for the elements of the diagnosis report, interpreting it and analyzing its outcomes.
  • Adapt, adjust and match classroom programs and environments to teach designated subjects.
  • Apply the basic principles of early intervention within intervention centers and school environments.
  • Apply educational programs specified for children of pervasive developmental disorders, learning disabilities, behavioral and emotional disorders, and talented students.
  • Communicate orally and in writing in various contexts related to the profession of education.
  • Design and implement learning positions in line with provided outcomes.
  • Evaluate the learning process and measure the achievement of required competencies.
  • Utilize technology and employ it in a manner consistent with the needs of learners.
  • Use skills of creative thinking and independent self-learning skills.

Fields of work

Graduates of Special Education can work in schools that adopt integration, private schools, care centers for children with special needs, early intervention centers and associations working in the field of talented or disabled childcare.

Graduation Requirements

The emotional and physical requirements for this profession entails the presence of different values including patience, endurance, motivation of children, understanding their special needs and accepting differences.

The program was designed in accordance with a comprehensive academic plan based on both theoretical and practical levels. It includes courses of 97 credits distributed over 6 semesters (fall and spring) in each academic year. These are:

University Requirements 12 Credits
Core Courses 42 Credits
Concentration Courses 31 Credits
General Elective Courses 6 Credits
Department Elective Courses 6 Credits
Total Number of Credits 97 Credits

Study program and Credits

University Requirements (12 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite Credit Hours
ENGL 201 English Communication Skills I 3 credits
ENGL 202 English Communication Skills II ENGL 201 3 credits
ARAB 201 Arabic Communication Skills I 3 credits
ARAB 202 Arabic Communication Skills II ARAB 201 3 credits

 

Core Courses (42 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite Credit Hours
EDUC 210 Psychology of Development 3 credits
EDUC 211 Health Education 3 credits
EDUC 212 Theories of Learning 3 credits
EDUC 310 Introduction to Educational Sociology 3 credits
EDUC 311 Action Research 3 credits
EDUC 312 Instructional Procedures EDUC 212

EDUC 315

3 credits
EDUC 313 Learning Difficulties 3 credits
EDUC 314 Citizenship Education 3 credits
EDUC 315 Measurement and Classroom evaluation EDUC 212 3 credits
EDUC 316 Educational Technology I 3 credits
EDUC 317 Statistics in Education EDUC 311 3 credits
EDUC 416 Educational Technology II EDUC 316 3 credits
EDUC 490 Practicum I 3 credits
EDUC 491 Practicum II EDUC 490 3 credits

 

 Concentration Courses (31 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite Credit Hours
EDSP 317 Assessment and special Education EDUC 315

EDUC 313

EDUC 212

4 credits
EDSP 318 Strategies For teaching Students with Disabilities, and Curriculum Adaption in Inclusive Classrooms (part 1) EDUC 312

EDUC 313

EDUC 212

3 credits
EDSP 418 Strategies For teaching Students with Disabilities, and Curriculum Adaption in Inclusive Classrooms (part 2) EDSP 318 3 credits
EDSP 419 Early Childhood Special Education EDUC 313 4 credits
EDSP 420 Early Intervention and guidance for caregivers of students with learning Disability EDUC 313 4 credits
EDSP 421 Intellectual Disability and pervasive Developmental Disorders EDUC 313 4 credits
EDSP 422 Behavior and Emotional Disorders-Behavior Modification Techniques EDUC 313 4 credits
EDSP 423 Gifted Children-Screening Assessment, and Teaching Strategies EDUC 313 4 credits
EDSP 491 Project 70 Credits

EDUC 311

EDUC 317

CO EDUC 491

1 credit

 

Registration Requirements

  • Obtaining official Lebanese BACC II degree or any equivalent document.
  • Conducting a placement test in Arabic Language and one of two foreign languages (English or French).
  • Passing the academic orientation stage that determines the suitability of a student’s abilities and qualifications in accordance with the field of study.