In the newly designed program students will complete the requirements to be recommended for the initial license as Special Education Generalist or added endorsement (for students already holding a valid teaching license in another area).
Students in the Department of Special Education Initial Licensure or Added Endorsement Programs are provided the experiences and academic support to learn how to meet the needs of all students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Students will be taught to focus on student strengths in order to support academic and social progress in inclusive environments. Coursework and practicum placements will be linked by assignments. These carefully planned assignments will allow students to practice their skills and develop techniques and materials that will lead to their successful development at teachers.
The initial licensure and added endorsement program is a cohort model program that begins one time per year each fall. The program requires students to take each class in the semester as indicated on the initial licensure or added endorsement program planning form. Students must commit to completing these courses in sequence.
Students have the option of taking two courses in the summer (SPED 5001 or SPED 5000) as unclassified students before they start the program.
The initial licensure and added endorsement program both require a significant amount of time spent working in the field. Applicants who anticipate problems in completing the 800 clock hour field experience courses of the program (4 week practicum, internship, an student teaching) should speak with a faculty member immediately and consider other options for their graduate study if the concern cannot be resolved. For additional information about course sequencing, please see the advising sheets.
Please see the Department of Special Education Handbook for details (link forthcoming)
Selection of a university and graduate program of study is an important decision. Therefore, prospective students are required to meet and consult with a departmental faculty advisor as part of the application process. Students should schedule an appointment to discuss career goals and special circumstances with a member of the faculty as soon as possible by calling 719-255-4996 or email@example.com. This meeting will also serve as an admissions interview for the program.
The Department of Special Education begin their academic program each year beginning in June. Students are chosen during the spring semester for admission the following summer. Up to nine hours of approved coursework may be completed as an Unclassified Student or as a transfer student prior to admission. Successful completion of Unclassified Student or Transfer Student coursework does not ensure admission to the program. Consult with a faculty member about courses you wish to take as an unclassified student or to transfer, as certain rules apply to these courses.
To be considered for admission to the Special Education program, prospective students must complete the following procedures:
Application deadline: Rolling Admission
All applicants must submit a copy of their background check with their application. This is required because many school sites require the background check prior to accepting a student for field work.
To obtain information and directions on the fingerprinting and background check visit the Student Resources Pageand click Fingerprint/Background Check Instructions.
PLACE Special Education Generalist Test
Option available only for students who already hold a license in another area. With special educaiton faculty advisor approval applicants may transfer some credit hours of previous course work to their endoresement program. The number of hours qualifying for transfer will be decided upon transcript review. Similarly, students may have up to nine semester hours waived if they provide evidence that they have completed comparable coursework as part of a previous degree. In order for faculty advisor to make a decision about transferring or waiving credits, students must submit syllabi and course descriptions.
Graduate students wishing to continue past their licensure requirements to earn a Masters Degree may do so by taking three additional courses .These courses may be taken at the same time as the licensure program or after completion of the licsnure program. the course must be completed in the order below. LEAD 5700 and SPED 5091 may be taken concurrently.
Additional Courses to Complete the MA:
With special education faculty advisor approval students who are interested in earning a Masters degree without licensure may transfer up to nine semester hours of previous coursework. Students in the Masters degree without licensure program may not waive any credits, as the program requires a minimum of 33 semester hours.
Note: The difference between a transferred credit and a waived credit is as follows: transferred credits count towards the total credit hours earned in one of the above programs, whereas waived credits do not count toward total credit hours earned.