Department of Language, Literacy, & Special Populations

Interim Chair: Diana Nabors (936) 294-3950

Assistant Chair: Helen Berg

Website: Department of Language, Literacy, & Special Populations

Highlights

  • Close working relationship with faculty
  • Wide offering of field-based classes
  • Field experience in a variety of diverse settings
  • High pass rate on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES)
  • Courses taught on-campus and, at the University Center and online

Suggested Minors

  • Special Education can be designated as a minor for other degree programs
Special Education Minor Requirements
SPED 2301Introduction to Exceptionality3
SPED 3301Learn and Instruc Child W/Disa3
SPED 3302Emotional/Behavioral Disorders3
SPED 3303Supporting Social Success3
SPED 3304Stdy Lrng/Lrng Disabilities3
SPED 3305Assessment Practices in SPED3
Total Hours18
  • Early Childhood Education can be designated as a minor for other degree programs. This minor may be of interest to individuals who plan to work in various early childhood settings. This minor does not lead toward Texas Teacher Certification.
Early Childhood Education Minor Requirements
ECHE 3128Field Exp - Early Childhood Ed (taken twice, separate semesters, different placements)1
ECHE 3128Field Exp - Early Childhood Ed (taken twice, separate semesters, different placements)1
ECHE 3229Guidance Of Young Children2
ECHE 3243Curriculum For Early Childhood2
ECHE 3313Early Childhood Cognition3
ECHE 3315Developmentally Appropriate Creative Expression3
ECHE 3363Wrkng /W Families-Diverse Comm3
ECHE 4333Dev Appr Prog For Yng Children3
Total Hours18

Career Opportunities

  • Bilingual Education and Special Education are both high-need areas.
  • The state of Texas emphasizes the need for highly qualified teachers in these areas.

Program Specific Requirements

Required Field Experiences

Candidates for any teaching certificate participate in field experiences in the public schools. Requirements for these activities vary by course and are coordinated by the Field Experience office.

University students taking minors in the College of Education which do not lead toward Texas Teacher Certification (SPED Minor and ECHE Minor) will conduct field experiences in appropriate settings in schools or the community based on requirements of the individual course.  Students will apply to the Educator Preparation Program as a non-certification seeking student.

Admission to the Educator Preparation Program

Students seeking initial Teacher Certification will apply for admission to the Educator Preparation Program in their first Education class. Subsequent program specific requirements are explained below.

Admission to the Literacy Methods

All candidates for certification in grades EC-6 or 4-8, must participate in a one-semester Literacy Methods block, during the semester prior to the IDS Content Methods block. Application for placement in EC-6 or 4-8 Literacy Methods takes place one semester prior to anticipated enrollment in the Literacy Block. Each candidate’s eligibility for placement is evaluated by the Department of Language, Literacy and Special Populations (LLSP). Eligibility at this transition point in the program is based on criteria which include full admission to the Educator Preparation Program, completion of all 1000 and 2000 level coursework and evidence of appropriate dispositions.  Attention to prerequisites as shown in the course descriptions is essential to progress toward completion.  Candidates in the EC6 program must take TESL 3303 concurrently with Literacy Methods (READ 3370, READ 3371, READ 3372).  EC-6 students must complete BESL 3301 before Literacy Methods.

Admission to the Special Education Block

Candidates seeking special education certification must apply for the 6-hour Special Education Block (SPED 4301/SPED 4302).  Application for placement in the Special Education Block takes place one semester prior to anticipated enrollment. Each candidate’s eligibility for placement is evaluated by the Department of Language, Literacy and Special Populations (LLSP). This block of classes is usually taken the semester prior to IDS Content Methods. Prerequisites include SPED 2301, SPED 3302, and SPED 3304. Students are encouraged to take SPED block after Literacy Methods.

Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test

Candidates seeking certification in Bilingual Education must demonstrate Spanish language proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking on the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT).

Admission to Student Teaching

Student teaching is the culminating experience in a candidate’s preparation to become a teacher. Candidates should enroll in student teaching the final semester of their preparation program (http://www.shsu.edu/~edu_ofe/student_teaching/. For candidates who seek certification in Special Education or Bilingual Education, specific student teaching courses and placements are required. Candidates registered for nine hours during the student teaching semester are considered by SHSU to be full-time students.

Student Organizations

  • Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO)
  • Sam Houston Association for the Education of Young Children (SHAEYC)
  • Sam Houston Student Council for Exceptional Children (SHCEC)
  • Sam Houston Student Association for Project Sunshine

Scholarships

  • Alberto Sandoval Bilingual Education Scholarship
  • Bess Osburn Reading Scholarship
  • Counihan Family Endowment
  • Frances Elmer Scholarship for Special Education
  • Jessie Lewis Scholarship for Reading
  • Laverne Warner Early Childhood Scholarship
  • TEACH Grants available for Bilingual Education and Special Education
  • Woman's Club of Houston Early Education Scholarship

Internships

Internships in public schools are permitted only for candidates who already have a baccalaureate degree. Undergraduate teaching candidates participate in the student teaching block as the capstone of their professional program sequence.

Chair: Diana Kay Nabors

Burcu Ates, PHD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Texas AM University; MA, Michigan State University; BA, Middle East Technical Univ

Helen Berg, PHD, Associate Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Univ of Colorado; MED, Lesley College; BS, Univ of N Carolina-Greensboro

William Hollis Blackwell III, PHD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Boston University; EDM, Harvard University; BA, Colgate University

Amanda Beth Bosch, PHD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Univ of Florida; MS, North Dakota State University; BA, Univ of Nevada-Reno

Leonard G. Breen, EDD, Associate Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, EDD, Univ of Oregon; MED, Univ of Oregon; BS, Western Oregon St

Benita Rutanya Brooks, PHD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Univ of Nevada-Las Vegas; MA, Murray State University; BA, Johnson C Smith Univ

William John Calderhead, PHD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Univ of Oregon; MED, Univ of Maryland-College Park; MA, University of Virginia - SFS; BS, Univ of Maryland-College Park; BA, The Johns Hopkins University

Corinna O Cole, PHD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Texas AM University; MED, Sam Houston State University; BA, Sam Houston State University

Alma Linda Contreras-Vanegas, PHD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Texas AM University; MED, Texas AM University; BA, Texas AM University

Donna Lynn Cox, PHD, Associate Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Texas Tech University; MA, Univ of Texas-Permian Basin; BS, Texas Tech University

Jaime Betancourt Duran, PHD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Texas AM University; MED, Univ of Texas-Pan American; BA, Univ of Texas-Pan American

Patricia Marie Durham, PHD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Texas AM-Corpus Christi; MS, Texas AM-Corpus Christi; BS, Texas Tech University

Hannah R Gerber, PHD, Associate Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Univ of Alabama-Tuscaloosa; MS, Florida State University; BA, Florida State University

Lory E Haas, EDD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, EDD, Sam Houston State University; MED, Sam Houston State University; BAT, Sam Houston State University

Carlene Marie Henderson, EDD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, EDD, Argosy University; MS, National University; BA, National University

Elizabeth Ann Lasley, PHD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Texas Woman's University; MS, Illinois State University; BS, Illinois State University

Joyce Kay McCauley, PHD, Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Texas Woman's University; MED, Univ of Guam; BA, Univ of South Florida

Tyrone Kevin McGowan, PHD, Assistant Professor of Language, Literacy & Special Populations, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, George Mason University; MED, Cambridge College; BS, Howard University

Melinda Sue Miller, PHD, Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Texas AM University; MED, Sam Houston State University; BSED, Univ of Texas At Austin

Vickie Jean Mitchell, EDD, Associate Professor of Education and Garrett Endowed Chair, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, EDD, Texas AM University; MA, Louisiana Tech University; BA, Northwestern St Un of Louisana

Diana Kay Nabors, EDD, Professor of Education and Acting Chair, LLSP, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, EDD, Univ of Houston-Main; MED, Sam Houston State University; BS, Univ of Houston-Main

Mary Ann Petron, PHD, Associate Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Univ of Texas At Austin; MA, Northwestern University; BSED, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison

Jolene Buxton Reed, PHD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Univ of New Mexico; MA, Univ of New Mexico; BS, Brigham Young University

Nancy Stockall, PHD, Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Kent State University; MED, Kent State University; BSED, Kent State University

Philip R Swicegood, EDD, Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, EDD, Univ of Alabama-Tuscaloosa; MA, Univ of Alabama-Tuscaloosa; BA, Auburn University

Baburhan Uzum, PHD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Michigan State University; MA, Middle East Technical Univ; BA, Middle East Technical Univ

Kristina K Vargo, PHD, Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Southern Illinois U-Carbondale; MS, Southern Illinois U-Carbondale; BS, Univ of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Nancy K Votteler, EDD, Associate Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, EDD, Univ of Houston-Main; MS, Univ of Houston-Clear Lake; BS, Univ of Houston-Main

Chase Jonathan Young, PHD, Associate Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Univ of North Texas; MS, Walden University; BA, Metropolitan St Univ of Denver

Interim Faculty

Jannah Walters Nerren, PHD, Associate Dean of Education; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, PHD, Capella University; MED, Stephen F Austin University; BS, Stephen F Austin University

Prasopsuk Yabsantiya Pinto, EDD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, EDD, Sam Houston State University; MS, Texas AM-Kingsville; BED, Chulalongkorn University

Rebekah Pankhurst Smith, MA, Lecturer of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, MA, Sam Houston State University; BSHE, Univ of Texas At Austin

Tara Diane Wilson, MED, Lecturer of Education, Department of Language/Literacy/Special Pop, MED, Sam Houston State University; BS, Sam Houston State University