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Degree Pathway for the Bachelor of Arts in Education, Disability Studies for Educational and Community Organizations Option, 2020

Sample Degree Pathway for Education - Disability Studies for Educational and Community Organizations Option

For students who entered fall 2020 and beyond.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ENGL.1010 /
College Writing I /
First Year Seminar in Honors: Text in the City (CW)
HIST.1050Western Civilization I (AH), (DCA)3
LIFE.1010 /
Life Science I /
Global Environmental Studies (SCL)
LIFE.1030L /
Life Science I Lab /
Global Environmental Studies Lab (SCL)
PSYC.1010Introduction to Psychological Science (SS)3
EDUC.1100Introduction to Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms3

Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ENGL.1020College Writing II (CW)3
HIST.1110United States History to18773
MATH.1070Elementary Math for Teaching: Numbers and Operations (MATH)3
PSYC.2600Child and Adolescent Development (SS)3
EDUC.1600Technology and Digital Literacy in the Classroom3

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HIST.1080World Civilizations Since 1500 (DCA)3
CHEM.1010Applied Chemistry for Non-Scientists (SCL)3
ENGL.2xxxLanguage Focus3
EDUC.2000Foundations of Reading3
EDUC.2100Introduction to Moderate Disabilities3

Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MATH.2270Elementary Math for Teaching: Geometry and Measurement (STEM)3
HIST.1120United States History since 18773
ENGL.2980Children's Literature (AH)3
EDUC.2500Teaching Elementary Social Studies in the Inclusive13
EDUC.3200Methods of Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities13

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDUC.3500Language and Writing Development3
ENGL.2/3/4xxxLiterature Focus3
MATH.1080Elementary Math for Teaching: Algebra and Data Analysis3
EDUC.3600Teaching Science through Inquiry in the Inclusive (IL), (WOC)3
xxxx.xxxxArts and Humanities Perspective (AH)3

Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ENGL.2xxxLanguage Focus3
EDUC.4100Pre-practicum (AIL)12
EDUC.3400Mathematics and Problem Solving in the Inclusive E (CTPS), (QL)3
EDUC.2200Education Assessment of Students with Moderate D13
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Perspective (SS)3

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ENGL.2580Disability in Literature (SRE)23
EDUC.xxxxEducation Minor Elective3
PSYC.2550Community Psychology3
PSYC.3630Introduction to Disability Studies3
xxxx.3/4xxxFree Elective3

Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDUC.xxxxEducation Minor Elective3
PSYC.3620Psychology of Developmental Disabilities3
PSYC.4820 /
Dvptl Disabilities Fieldwork: Service Provision /
Dvptl Disabilities Fieldwork: Leadership & Advoc
SOCI.2250Sociology of Disability3

Total Minimum Credits = 120.

1Expect to do an additional 10-15 hours over semester visiting schools in both semesters.

2Alternative SRE course can be taken with the approval of advisor

The BA Ed. degree Disability Studies for Educational and Community Organizations Option pathway shows the courses that are required to complete the degree. The semester in which some courses are offered, may differ and accommodations will be made. Courses with higher numbers (3000 and above) are generally taken in the junior and senior years. The education courses are highly field based and often require additional hours of field work in schools to better prepare you for your career.


  • All EDUC courses are required.
  • All courses with prefixes MATH, ENGL, HIST, PSYC are required. If a course is not available in a timely fashion, exceptions may be made providing a course which meets similar subject matter knowledge is taken. This change can only be made with approval of the program coordinator.
  • CHEM.1010 may be replaced by other physical science course with a lab such as PHYS.1210 / PHYS.1210L
  • The three MATH courses (1070, 2270, 1080) may be taken in any sequence.
  • The third Social Science elective may not be in Psychology.

Field Experience

Many courses have field experiences in local schools and community organizations which may require completion of hours beyond course meeting times. When required, you may have to submit materials for criminal background checks and must provide fingerprints. Program coordinators will supply information on these processes.

In order to work in schools and communities during field experiences, the student must exhibit professional dispositions and behaviors. The student, at all times must exhibit good judgment, personal integrity and exemplary behavior. Students must demonstrate that they understand their professional responsibilities and have the integrity to work in schools and community organizations where they will be responsible for the education and welfare of minors. Further, they must know how to engage in collaborative and collegial professional work with fellow educators and staff.

Breadth of Knowledge

The UMass Lowell Core includes requirements designed to familiarize students with multiple perspectives regarding diverse areas of knowledge and modes of inquiry outside of their major discipline. Students gain insights into these perspectives by taking courses outside of their major discipline. The BA Ed. degree is structured for students to meet this requirement. See Breadth of Knowledge (BOK) for more information.

No more than two BOK courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum policy for further details. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements.

Current UMass Lowell students should be using their Advisement Report in SIS. If you need assistance, please contact your adviser.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment.

See the catalog policy for details.