Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Slippery Rock University

Special Education Transition Programming, Bachelor of Science (BS)

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Major Requirements60

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 210Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Additional Rock Studies 2 Requirements (12 credits)
MATH 310Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II 23
PE 243Educational Movement in Health & Wellness 23
SOWK 105Human Diversity3
SPED 121Overview of Special Education 23
Total Hours42

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject


Indicates coursework required for the ELEC Major as per PA Dept. of Education Certification Policy.

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Foundation Courses
SPED 121Overview of Special Education 13
SPED 122Low Incidence Disabilities 13
SPED 230Early Intervention Practices for Students with Disabilities 13
ELEC 200Child Development Typical 13
PE 227Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity3
Core Professional Courses
SPED 220The Nature and Needs of Autism Spectrum Disorders 13
SPED 341Transition Across the Lifespan 13
SPED 342Building Community Partnerships 13
SPED 343Americans with Disabilities 13
PE 353Adapted Physical Activity and Health Through the Lifespan3
PE 485Fundraising/Grant Writing in Adapted Physical Activity 13
Professional Semester Block
These courses are taken together during the semester before internship:
SPED 245Technology in Special Education 13
SPED 346Assessment in Transition Planning 13
SPED 347Management & Leadership 13
SPED 410Transition Practicum 13
PE 460Program Design in Adapted Physical Activity 13
SPED 450Transition Internship 112
Total Hours60

Course counts for 50% Major requirement and Major GPA


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty research and student leadership development
  4. Career education and development
  5. Internships/Field Experiences
  6. Student teaching (required)

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Special Education Transition Programming - BS (1793)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 10.28.2021
UCC 2.5.2019 

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
SPED 121 Overview of Special Education 3
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirements 6
Civil Discourse - Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
SPED 122 Low Incidence Disabilities 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirements 9
Second Year
ELEC 200 Child Development Typical 3
GERO 265 Aging and the Older Person 3
SPED 230 Early Intervention Practices for Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 343 Americans with Disabilities 3
Elective 3
PE 227 Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity 3
NLPA 220 Introduction to Nonprofit Management 3
SPED 341 Transition Across the Lifespan 3
Elective 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirements 3
Third Year
Elective 3
PE 485 Fundraising/Grant Writing in Adapted Physical Activity 3
PE 353 Adapted Physical Activity and Health Through the Lifespan 3
SPED 342 Building Community Partnerships 3
Global Community-Non-US Global 3
Elective 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
NLPA 120 Civic Engagement and Community Decision-Making 3
SPED 220 The Nature and Needs of Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirements 3
Fourth Year
PE 460 Program Design in Adapted Physical Activity 3
SPED 245 Technology in Special Education 3
SPED 346 Assessment in Transition Planning 3
SPED 347 Management & Leadership 3
SPED 410 Transition Practicum 3
SPED 450 Transition Internship 12
Elective 3
 Total Hours**120

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 1793
Concentration Code:
Revised date: 08/2018