Department of Special Education

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMdS in Education and Human Services) 

The Education and Human Services Multidisciplinary Studies degree program (EDHS/MDS) in the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) is designed to provide undergraduates with a broad understanding of their chosen education and human service area and a set of skills to make them employable after graduation in careers in education and other services. It is not intended to lead to professional licensure as a teacher or counselor. Some students may organize the major in preparation for graduate work in specific disciplines.

The EDHS Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies is comprised of three minors. Two minors must be from within the College of Education and Human Services; the third minor is not limited to any particular college or school. The current minors in the College include:

  • Child Development and Family Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Early Intervention
  • Family and Youth
  • Human Services
  • Infants and Toddlers
  • Special Education

The EDHS/MDS program provides a list of career tracks illustrating how the minors can be combined to provide students with knowledge, skills, and experiences that will enhance their qualifications for specific careers in education or human services occupations. However, a student may also propose a combination of minors but they must demonstrate how the three chosen fields of study work together toward his/her educational and/or career goals. For example, a student may choose the areas of Family and Youth, Human Services, and Business Administration with the goal of a career in the administrative side of an agency that serves a diverse client base.  

EDHS/MDS students take EDHS 100, the Introduction to Human Services course their first semester followed by EDHS 200, Professional Inquiry, after the completion of English 102 and finally, EDHS 498, the Capstone, incorporating their three disciplines into a senior project, presentation, and paper during their final semester.

Students who earn a degree in the Education and Human Services Multidisciplinary Studies program in the College of Education and Human Services must complete University requirements, College requirements for their specific degree program, and their three minor requirements.

Admissions 

Admission to the program is possible after completion of 29 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.  

Students may not declare the MDS degree before completing twenty-nine credit hours. 

Once students are admitted to the MDS program, they will be assigned an advisor who will work with them to declare their three minors.

Degree Requirements for Multidisciplinary Studies in Education/Human Services (BMDS)

Students who earn a degree in the Education and Human Services Multidisciplinary Studies program in the College of Education and Human Services must complete University requirements, College requirements for their specific degree program, and their three minor requirements.

General Education Curriculum

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEC requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select. Each student will work with an assigned advisor to plan an individual program of student based upon the specific minors selected.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
GENERAL EDUCATION FOUNDATIONS CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF1)
3-6
or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing
GEF 2A/B Science and Technology4-6
GEF 3 Mathematics & Quantitative Skills3
GEF 4 Society & Connections3
GEF 5 Human Inquiry & The Past3
GEF 6 The Arts & Creativity3
GEF 7 Global Studies & Diversity3
GEF 8 Focus Coursework (choose any three additional GEF courses)9
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 required
EDHS 100Orientation to Multidisciplinary Studies in Education and Human Services1
EDHS 200Professional Inquiry in Education and Human Services3
EDHS 489Capstone Project: Multidisciplinary Studies in Education and Human Services (fulfills Writing and Communication Skills requirement)3
A minimum grade of C- in all minor courses required
CEHS MINOR 115-19
CEHS MINOR 215-18
CEHS MINOR 3 OR MINOR OUTSIDE OF CEHS15-18
ELECTIVES (number of electives may vary depending on GEF overlap with minors selected) *36-21
Total Hours120
*

 A minimum of 30 hours of coursework for the degree must be at the 300 level or higher.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 1911ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3Minor 1 Course 23
GEF 5 3GEF 4 3
GEF 7 3GEF 6 3
Minor 1 Course 13General Elective3
General Elective3EDHS 1001
 16 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 121 or higher (GEF 3)3Minor 2 Course 23
GEF 24Minor 2 Course 33
Minor 1 Course 33GEF 83
Minor 2 Course 13General Elective3
Minor 3 Course 13General Elective3
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EDHS 200 or equivalent3Minor 3 Course 43
Minor 1 Course 43Minor 2 Course 43
Minor 3 Course 33Minor 1 Course 53
Minor 3 Course 43GEF 8 3
GEF 83General Elective or Minor Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Minor 1 Course 53EDHS 489 Capstone Project3
Minor 2 Course 53Minor 3 Course 53
Minor 3 Course 43General Elective3
General Elective or Minor Course 3General Elective3
General Elective or Minor Course3 
 15 12
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals

Multidisciplinary Studies in Education/Human Services

This program has been designed so that program graduates can accomplish the following learning goals:

  • Develop knowledge and skills related to content in three minor areas in education and human services and related fields of study.
  • Integrate content from minor areas to study a problem of practice in education and human services.
  • Prepare and present professional products that identify, discuss and propose solutions for a problem of practice in education and human services.
  • Identify career options and pathways to future careers related to education and human services.