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Exceptional Student Education: Grades K-12

Teaching the next generation

The Warner Exceptional Student Education major prepares compassionate advocates and skilled educators to make a positive impact in the lives of students with diverse learning needs. Gain deep insights into inclusive practices, specialized instructional strategies, and individualized support systems. Through rigorous coursework, practical experiences, and collaborative partnerships, develop the knowledge and skills to create inclusive and equitable learning environments. Make a difference in the lives of exceptional learners, championing their rights, strengths, and potential to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Students who satisfactorily complete the prescribed program satisfy the State of Florida requirements for teacher certification.

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General Education Core Requirement for Bachelor of Arts/Science

Information taken from the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog. Please refer to the most recent catalog for further information, found here.

Written and Oral Communication

  • ENG 1010 – Composition I (3 credit hrs.)
  • ENG 1020 – Compostion II (3 credit hrs.)
  • COM 2010 – Oral Communication (3 credit hrs.)

Cultural and Historal Perspectives

Choose from two (2) of the four (4) disciplines:

  • Fine Arts (FAS 2005, 2006, or 2043)
  • Literature
  • Biblical Literature, Theology, or BST 2000 – Beginning Bibilical Interpretation
  • Any History (HIS) Course

Mathematics and Science

  • Choose nine (9) credit hours, comprised of at least one (1) natural science course and at least one (1) mathematics course at MAT 1030 or above.

Social Sciences

Choose six (6) credits from:

  • COM 2020 – Media Literacy (3 credit hrs.)
  • ECO 2001 – Principles of Economics: Macro (3 credit hrs.)
  • ECO 2012 – Contemporary Economics (3 credit hrs.)
  • EDU/PSY 2010 – Life-Span Development (3 credit hrs.)
  • GEO 2013 – World Geography (3 credit hrs.)
  • POS 2010 – American Government and Politics (3 credit hrs.)
  • PSY 2000 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hrs.)
  • SOC 2000 – Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 2050 – Human Behavior and the Social Enviornment (3 credit hrs.)
  • SWK 2053 – Social Problems (3 credit hrs.)
  • UNV 2100 – Strategy and Critical Thinking (3 credit hrs.)

Biblical Studies

Required for freshman and transfer students with fewer than 60 credit hours:

  • BST 1010 – Christian Life: Faith and Practice (3 credit hrs.)
  • BST 2020 – Understanding the New Testament (3 credit hrs.)
  • BST 3005 – Understanding the Old Testament (3 credit hrs.)

Required for trasnfer students with 60 or more credit hours:

  • BST 2020 – Understanding the New Testament (3 credit hrs.)

Personal Development and Worldview

  • BST 4095 – Senior Seminar to Theology and Vocation (3 credit hrs.)
  • UNV 1100 – Introduction to the Christian Liberal Arts University (1 credit hr.)
Teacher Education Foundational Core and Professional Semester

Foundational Core

  • EDU 2000 – Foundations of Education (3 credit hrs.)
  • EDU 2005 – Intro to the Education Major (0 credit hrs.)
  • EDU 2010 – Life-Span Development (3 credit hrs.)
  • EDU 2030 – Teacher Education Professional Development (taken every semester) (0 credit hrs.)
  • EDU 3000 – Instructional Technology (3 credit hrs.)
  • EDU 3010 – Curriculum Design & Instructional Strategies (3 credit hrs.)
  • EDU 3020 – Affirming Diversity (3 credit hrs.)
  • EDX 3000 – Foundations of Exceptional Student Education (3 credit hrs.)
  • EDX/U 3050 – Asseessment and Evalutaion (3 credit hrs.)
  • EDU 4070 – Comprehensive Strategies for ESOL (3 credit hrs.)
  • EDX/U 4055 Classroom and Behavior Management (3 credit hrs.)

Professional Semester

  • EDU 4085 – Teacher Education Internship (10 credit hrs.)
  • EDU 4001 – Literacy Practicum OR an upper division elective (3 credit hrs.)
Requirements for Exceptional Student Education: Grades K-12

This major is a Florida state-approved program for certification purposes.

In addition to the Foundational Core, the following courses are required:

    • EDE 3020 – Foundations of Early Literacy and Math (3 credit hrs.)
    • EDE 3070 – Methods and Assessment of Reading I (3 credit hrs.)
    • EDE 4000 – Methods and Assessment of Reading II (3 credit hrs.)
    • EDE 4040 – Math for the Elementary School – Intermediate (3 credit hrs.)
    • EDU 3040 – Literacy Across the Curriculum (3 credit hrs.)
    • EDX 3025 – Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports (3 credit hrs.)
    • EDX 3030 – Speech & Language Development & Disabilities (3 credit hrs.)
    • EDX 3060 – Critical Teaching Strategies for ESE Students (3 credit hrs.)
    • EDX 4011 – Instructional Strategies for Students with Intellectual & Learning Disabilties (3 credit hrs.)
    • EDX 4020 – Instructional Strategies for Students with Austism and Emotional Disabilities (3 credit hrs.)
    • EDX 4040 – Social-Personal Skills Transition Planning ESE

    Optional Major Electives:

    • EDU 3075 – Behavior Analysis Practicum (0-1 credit hrs.)
    • EDX 3035 – Writing the IEP (1 credit hr.)
    • EDE 4035 – FTCE Content Review or
    • EDE 4039 – Math for Elementary – Primary (3 credit hrs.)

    Our Faculty

    Dr. Laurie Boulden

    Dr. Laurie Boulden

    Associate Professor of Education

    Laurie is a Philadelphia transplant via Oklahoma. She earned her bachelor and master degrees at NSU and OSU, respectively.

    Laurie is an aspiring writer; see more on her Amazon page. Current favorite verse is Proverbs 31:31.

    Niki Chitwood

    Niki Chitwood

    Instructor of Education

    Niki is a Wisconsin native who is passionate about the Lord, her family, and building relationships. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Trinity International University and her masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from American College of Education.
    She enjoys being active, adventuring with her 2 young kid and husband, playing games and sports, the beach, and reading.
    A verse that has been integral in her life is: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
    Dr. Lori Hutto

    Dr. Lori Hutto

    Chair, Professor of Education

    Dr. Hutto received bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Student Education and her Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Warner. Her PhD is in Special Education Curriculum from Northcentral University.

    Her hobbies are hiking at Bok Tower and volunteering with our local K-12 school partners. One of her favorite Bible verses and motto in life is Ephesians 5:2.

    But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

    1 Peter 2:9

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    Warner University is a distinctly Christian university that strives to make a Christian liberal arts education accesible to all. We are committed to guiding individuals toward Christ-like character and intellectual maturity while equipping them to serve. We are located in beautiful Lake Wales, Florida, which is nearly the exact center of the Florida peninsula. We are just a short drive away from rapidly growing cities such as Lakeland and Winter Haven. At Warner we offer a variety of in-person and online degree plans. Choose Warner and answer God’s call, receiving an education that helps you pursue your dreams and grow closer to Christ.