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- Our students meet requirements for highly qualified status as a special educator as defined under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
- Our students exceed the state’s minimum requirement for field hours before student teaching.
- By passing the PRAXIS tests for elementary education, students may add an endorsement to the special education certification to teach in elementary education.
- Our program is accredited by the NCATE and the International CEC.
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 practical applications 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.