B.A. Special Education Courses

WGU offers degrees, not classes. As a competency-based online university, progress through your degree program is determined by demonstrating your competence through carefully designed assessments and completion of a professional portfolio, capstone, or both. As a student in this program, you will complete the courses listed below in order to graduate. These courses are required, though you may be able to clear some of these requirements through a course-by-course transcript analysis. (Learn more about transferring credits.) Each course contains a study guide and recommended learning resources for you to use. Your assigned mentor will help guide you through the process.

For ease of understanding, WGU has assigned competency units to each of its courses as indicated below. A competency unit is equivalent to a semester credit hour of learning. WGU terms are six months in length. During a typical term, students will be expected to complete at least 12 to 13 competency units. Grades are assigned on a Pass/Not Pass basis; a “Pass” at WGU is equivalent to a letter grade of “B" or better.

Speak to an Enrollment Counselor for more information about these courses.

As a graduation requirement, all students in the B.A. Special Education (K-12) program must pass the Praxis II Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications exam (test code 0543) at their own expense.

CourseCompetency Units
Health, Fitness and Wellness4
Foundations of College Mathematics3
Communications Foundations2
Fundamentals of Foundational Perspectives of Education3
English Composition I3
U.S. Government and Constitution3
English Composition II3
Mathematics for Elementary Educators I3
Mathematics for Elementary Educators II3
Mathematics for Elementary Educators III3
Elements of Effective Communication3
Cultural Studies and Diversity3
Literature, Arts and the Humanities2
Literature, Arts and the Humanities: Analysis and Interpretation2
Integrated Natural Science4
Integrated Natural Science Applications4
Themes in U.S. and World History1
Applications in U.S. and World History1
Fundamentals of Educational Psychology3
General Education Social Science: Analysis and Applications2
General Education Social Science1
Reasoning and Problem Solving3
Fundamentals of Diversity, Inclusion, and Exceptional Learners3
Introduction to Special Education, Law and Legal Issues4
Classroom Management, Engagement, and Motivation3
Educational Assessment3
Introduction to Pre-Clinical Experiences3
Psychoeducational Assessment Practices and IEP Development/Implementation4
Introduction to Instructional Planning and Presentation3
Elementary Reading and Literacy Methods2
Application of Elementary Reading and Literacy Methods1
Children's Literature3
Language Arts Instruction and Intervention2
Application of Language Arts Instruction and Intervention1
Behavioral Management and Intervention4
Elementary Mathematics Methods2
Application of Elementary Mathematics Methods1
Instructional Planning and Presentation2
Application of Instructional Planning and Presentation in Elementary and Special Education1
Elementary Science Methods2
Application of Elementary Science Methods1
Elementary Social Studies Methods2
Application of Elementary Social Studies Methods1
Elementary Visual and Performing Arts Methods2
Application of Elementary Visual and Performing Arts Methods1
Elementary Physical Education and Health Methods2
Application of Elementary Physical Education and Health Methods1
Instructional Models and Design, Supervision and Culturally Response Teaching3
Pre-Clinical Experiences in Elementary and Special Education3
Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Elementary and Special Education, Obs 1 and 23
Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Elementary and Special Education, Obs 3 and Midterm3
Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Elementary and Special Education, Obs 4 and 53
Supervised Demonstration Teaching in Elementary and Special Education, Obs 6 and Final3
Teacher Work Sample in Elementary and Special Education2
Professional Portfolio1
Cohort Seminar in Special Education3