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Special Education Advisor

Danie Schneider

Program application available in January of each year (due in March) for the following fall semester.

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Advisement Overview

School of Education, Health and Human Behavior Student Services assists prospective and current students in pursuing a major in one of the programs offered within the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior. Student Services staff will work with students from their early stages of major exploration through graduation, helping with general program information, course registration, application to teacher education, field experiences, graduation requirements and teacher licensure.

Advisement Process

Initial Contact with Student Services

  1. After one semester of college work, call Student Services at (618) 650‑3940 and fill out an evaluation form for Special Education. The Special Education Student Services advisor will review your academic information and send you a customized academic plan.
    • Please send a copy of all your previous college course work unless you are an SIUE student or newly admitted to SIUE.
    • Transfer students should be aware of the General Education Waiver
  2. One you receive your customized academic plan, please review it and schedule a first appointment. Your plan will include personalized copies of the following forms: Program Sheet, General Information and Guidelines, ICTS Registration Information

    First Appointments in Student Services: First appointments are designed for you to meet your advisor, discuss the program requirements, review your program sheet, and provide an opportunity to ask your advisor specific questions. For your first appointment, you should bring the following documents:
    • Your program sheet pdf
    • A list of questions you may have for your advisor

Declaring a Special Education Major

Until you are declared as an education major, advising will officially take place in Academic Counseling and Advisement ( If you have any questions before you are declared, you are welcome to e-mail or schedule an appointment with an Student Services advisor. Registration of general education courses will occur with an advisor in Academic Advising. Once admitted to SIUE, you will receive an identification number and PIN so you may register online for courses.

Students must have met the following requirements in order to declare.

  1. Passed SPE 200 (or its equivalent) with a B or higher;
  2. Completed the five “skills” courses (ENG 101;ENG 102; SPC 103 or 105; PHIL or MATH 106; and STAT 107 or CS or CMIS 108) with a C or higher;
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (all post-secondary institutions attended); and in “good standing” status at SIUE (if in attendance);
  4. Passed the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (test code 400). If scores are not on file, students must provide a copy to Academic Advising when declaring;
  5. 42 semester hours completed

Please note: Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative SIUE and 2.5 combined GPA (all post-secondary institutions) while completing all course work with a minimum grade of C in order to remain an Education major.

Once you have declared your major, you will register for your classes with your Student Services advisor. Each student will receive a Program Sheet and it is the student’s responsibility to keep the Program Sheet pdf updated and bring it to each advising appointment.

Declared Special Education Majors

Declared majors who are not admitted into the Special Education program may take the following classes: EPFR 315, EPFR 320, SPPA 290 and their Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) class. Students must be a junior to register for an IS class.

Retention Policy

Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and have a C or higher in their special education and professional education classes to remain in the program. If a student falls to get a C their courses or their professional GPA drops below 3.0, the student must reapply to the program. If accepted, the student must establish a plan with Faculty to enter a new cohort.

Anthony M. Denkyirah, Ph.D.,
2003, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Linda L. Forbringer, Ph.D.,
2003, St. Louis University

Wendy W. Fuchs, Ph.D.,
2008, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Susanne James, Ph.D.,
2011, University of Kansas

Stacie M. Kirk, Ph.D.,
2006, University of Kansas

Craig A. Miner, Ph.D.,
1994, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Mary K. Weishaar, Ph.D.,
1984, St. Louis University

Phil M. Weishaar, Ph.D.,
1984, St. Louis University

Field Supervisor
Vickie Beavers
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