Disabilities Services


This major is designed for students who are interested in work related to disabilities and want to become leaders in community-based organizations working with people with disabilities, while at the same time promoting the service, care, and education of children, adolescents, and life-long learners.

Career Opportunities

Students in Disabilities Services have the opportunity to become Disabilities Service Consultants or Transition Specialists (e.g., Easter Seals).

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The Bachelor of Arts in Community Education degree program with Disabilities Services major at West Liberty University will be a 120 credit hour course of study.

The coursework includes:

  • 63 credit hours of general studies courses
  • 36 credit hours common core requirements
  • 21 credit hours of major studies

Included in the 36 credit hours of common core requirements are 4 credit hours of internship/international community experience in the Community Arts major.

Common Core Courses (36 Credit Hours)

  • EDUC 201 Human Development (3 hrs)
  • SPED 241  Exceptionalities and Diversities (3 hrs)
  • EDUC 301  Educational Psychology (3 hrs)
  • ENT 350 Entrepreneurship and Law (3 hrs)
  • CEP 411 Formal & Non-Formal Education Models (3 hrs)
  • CEP 421  Promoting Creativity & the Arts (3 hrs)
  • CEP 422  Outdoor Learning Spaces (2 hrs)
  • CEP 433  Program Design & Implementation (3 hrs)
  • CEP 442  Community Empowerment & Engagement (3 hrs)
  • CEP 443  Fundraising & Grant Writing (3 hrs)
  • CEP 463  Rethinking 21st Century Education (3 hrs)
  • CEP 493  Internship/ International Community Experience (4 hrs)

Major Studies (21 Credit Hours)

  • SPED 341 Policies and Procedures in SPED* (3 hrs)
  • SPED 343 Assistive and Adaptive Technology for Students with Exceptionalities* (3 hrs)
  • SPED 348 Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment for Students with Behavior Needs*# (3 hrs)
  • SPED 440 Transition Services for Students with Exceptionalities* (3 hrs)
  • SPED 355 Curriculum and Methods and Assessment for Students with Academic Needs*# (3 hrs)
  • SPED 391 Current Issues and Trends in Special Education* (3 hrs)

Select 1 of the Following from List Below

  • SPED 345 Occupational and Recreational Training High Incidence Disabilities* (3 hrs)
  • SPED 353 Education for the Gifted I (3 hrs)
  • SPED 401 Autism I (3 hrs)
  • SPED 478 Special Topics (3 hrs)

*  indicates that SPED 241 Exceptionalities and Diversities is a pre-requisite.
# indicates that SPED 341 Policies and Procedures in SPED is a pre-requisite.

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West Liberty University’s Bachelor of Arts in Community Education Program follows the 120 credit hour model for a bachelor’s degree and is designed for completion in three academic years. Despite the intention of this program to be an accelerated three-year program, students who wish to expand their studies to four years have the option to do so, by not taking summer classes but adding a fourth year of Fall IV and/or Spring IV classes.

Community Education’s Disabilities Services Partnership

  • Easter Seals, Wheeling, WV
  • REM, Wheeling, WV

For more information, please contact:

Director of Community Education
Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas
West Liberty University
105 Shotwell Hall
208 University Drive
Campus Union Box 162
West Liberty, WV 26074
Office: 304-336-8561
Fax: 304-336-8627
[email protected]