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).

Courses


IMG_6303The Bachelor of Arts in Community Education degree program with Disabilities Services major at West Liberty University requires minimum total 120 credit hours course of study.

The coursework includes:

  • General Studies: 51 – 53 credit hours
  • Common Core: 43 credit hours
  • Major: 24 credit hours major courses + 1 – 3 credit hours electives

Common Core Courses (43 Credit Hours)

  • CEP 411 Formal & Non-Formal Education Models (3 hrs)
  • CEP 421  Promoting Creativity & the Arts (3 hrs)
  • CEP 422  Outdoor Learning Spaces (3 hrs)
  • CEP 433  Program Design & Implementation (3 hrs)
  • CEP 442  Community Empowerment & Engagement (3 hrs)
  • CEP 443  Fundraising & Grant Writing (3 hrs)
  • CEP 452  Reggio Emilia & Other Approaches (3 hrs)
  • CEP 463  Leadership in Community Education (3 hrs)
  • CEP 473 Community & School-Based Programming (3 hrs)
  • CEP 493  Internship/International Community Experience* (4 hrs)
  • EDUC 201 Human Development (3hrs)
  • EDUC 205 Integrated Arts for Elementary Teachers (3 hrs)
  • ENT 350 Entrepreneurship Law and Ethics (3 hrs)
  • SPED 241 Exceptionalities and Diversities (3 hrs)

Out of the 120 credit hour program, students need to take 40 hours of upper-level (300-level and up) courses

Major Courses (24 Credit Hours Major Courses + 1 – 3 Credit Hours Electives)

  • CEP 492 Practicum I (3 hrs – on-campus)
  • CEP 482 Practicum II (3 hrs – off-campus)
  • SPED 341 Policies and Procedures in SPED* (3 hrs)
  • SPED 348 Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment for Students with Behavior Needs* (3 hrs)
  • SPED 352 Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment for Students with Functional Needs  (3 hrs)
  • SPED 401 Autism I (3 hrs – required: fall; summer)
  • SPED 402 Autism II (3 hrs – required: fall; summer)

Select 3 classes (9 hrs) from the following:

  • SPED 478 Special Topics (3 hrs)
  • EED 301 Designing Effective Learning Environments ( 3 hrs)
  • HE 320 Mental Health and Drug Use and Abuse (3 hrs)
  • HE 360 Community and Environmental Health (3 hrs)
  • SWK 401 Family and Child Welfare (3 hrs)
  • Elective(s) (9 hrs – any upper (300 – 400) level SPED electives to total 120 hours)

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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

Questions


For more information, please contact:

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