This degree and certification program prepares currently certified teachers to become special education teachers. Students have the option of earning an endorsement, certification, and/or a masters degree.
This program has two summer practicums: one in low incidence disabilities education and one in high incidence disabilities education. In Illinois, special education certification is cross-category and cross-severity. Our students are exposed to a broad spectrum of theories and strategies in the classroom and also through hands-on experience working with the entire spectrum of learners.
Here, you’ll gain a well-rounded, in-depth, understanding of issues and strategies for teaching students with a wide variety of disabilities, pre-K through age 21. We’ll also prepare you to be a leader in addressing current mandates and foster student academic, social, and emotional learning.
The Special Education program promotes collaborative relationships with parents, community, and educators. Clinical experiences are provided during the summer session to better meet the needs of practicing educators.
Masters of Education-M.Ed. requires 11 courses plus two summer field based practicums(52 quarter hours)
Masters of Arts-M.A requires 12 courses including a masters thesis, plus two summer field based practicums (56 quarter hours)
Prerequisites (additional coursework may be required) Since special education teachers are expected to teach varied subject matter from grades K-12 and help students meet Illinois learning standards in all subjects, applicants must have a solid foundation of college coursework in the general education areas of literature, mathematics, sciences and social science.