Special Education


Minor in Special Education
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)


Audrey Bartholomew


Minor Description

This minor will help prepare students to support individuals of all abilities through hands on experiences and up to date knowledge and instruction from the field of special education. Students will gain information on a wide variety of disabilities including high and low incidence disabilities.  Students will be required to complete field work hours in a classroom or other relevant setting in some courses and will be expected to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned to their real world settings. Courses cover a wide breadth of knowledge including disabilities in the general education classroom, psychology, disability studies, and hands on strategies to teach skills.

Curricular Requirements

Students must complete 6 courses for a total of 18 credits. Four of these courses are required and students have an option for the remaining two courses. Students may count any of these courses to fulfill a Core requirement for both Core credit and also credit in the Special Education minor.  Students are allowed to count a maximum of two (2) required courses for their major towards completion of this minor.

Required Courses (Total of 12 Credits) Credits
SPE 220 - Exceptionality in the Classroom 3
SPE 315 - Supporting Students with Autism 3
HWOS 432 - Disability Studies and Inclusive Communities 3
EDU 405 - Inclusive Methods and Data-Based Decision Making 3
Two of the following (6 credits) 6
ASL 101 - Introduction to American Sign Language  
EDU 485 - Elementary Practicum  
EDU 465 - Educational Studies Internship  
EDU 217 - Literacy for Diverse Learners  
PSY 105 - Introduction to Psychology  
Total Credits 18

Transfer Credit

Courses completed at another accredited college can be transferred to this degree program. Transferred courses must be reasonably close in scope and content to the required courses offered at UNE in order to count as exact equivalents. Otherwise, they may transfer as general electives. All courses completed must be no older than five years. Other restrictions apply. See Undergraduate Admissions also.


Financial Information


Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2020-2021 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication May 1, 2020.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.