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- By passing the PRAXIS tests for elementary education, students may add an endorsement to the special education certification to teach in elementary education.
- Our students exceed the state’s minimum requirement for field hours before student teaching.
- Our program is accredited by the NCATE and the International CEC.
- Our students meet requirements for highly qualified status as a special educator as defined under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
A major in special education prepares you to be a professional who works with students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades pre-K through 12. Our program focuses on research-validated instructional and assessment practices. You’ll have field-based experiences from your first classes through your senior year. Field experiences will provide you with opportunities to work with children and adolescents who have learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders and intellectual disabilities. These experiences occur across various placement settings, including both elementary and middle/high school levels, which allows you to apply your knowledge and skills in real-life situations. In the last year of the program, the practical experiences culminate in a two-semester sequence of field-based training under the mentorship of school and University supervisors.