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Pre-Service Special Education (PSE)

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Content Area Prerequisites

A transcript evaluation will be completed upon admission to the program. If deficiencies exist, they must be completed prior to student teaching.

  • College coursework in Writing
  • College coursework in Fine Arts or Literature
  • College coursework in Mathematics
  • College coursework in Science
  • College coursework in American Government or U.S. History
  • College coursework in Social Science

Course Requirements

Courses requirements: 48 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 402INSTRUCTION AND DIFFERENTIATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 403CLASSROOM AND BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 405TEACHING LITERACY TO EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS4
SER 409TEACHING STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES4
SER 410TEACHING MATHEMATICS TO EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS4
SER 417PRACTICUM IN SPECIAL EDUCATION II2
SER 418PRACTICUM IN SPECIAL EDUCATION III2
SER 419TEACHING LITERACY LAB4
SER 421FORMAL ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 440SURVEY OF EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS: PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATION4
BBE 411FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER EDUCATION4
SCG 401ADVANCED LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT4
Select one of the following:4
SCG 408
EDUCATION AND SOCIETY
SCG 409
SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
SCG 411
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

Student Teaching Requirements

Student Teaching is the culminating clinical experience in the student's program. All students in teacher preparation programs must meet the following requirements before applying for student teaching:

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of all Content Area Prerequisites, and all courses requirements
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better
  • Meet all other program requirements  (e.g., residency requirements)
  • Meet designated program standards
  • Pass the required Illinois licensure content area tests (see below)

Clinical Requirements

  • Completion of all required field experiences
  • Three satisfactory evaluations in field experiences
  • Three satisfactory faculty recommendations
  • Attendance at mandatory meeting for student teaching
  • Application for student teaching, resume, transcripts, and writing sample (check deadlines)
  • Review and approval by Student Teaching Committee of the College of Education.
  • Student Teaching Timeline and Deadlines
  • Attend a Mandatory Meeting approximately 1 year prior to expected quarter of student teaching.
  • Submit application for student teaching after attending Mandatory Meeting, approximately 1 year prior to student teaching.

Academic requirements (above) due one quarter before expected quarter of student teaching.

Clinical requirements (above) are completed as course requirements.

Individual school districts may have additional requirements (application, training, background check, etc.)

Student Teaching: 10 quarter hours required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures listed in the college core section.

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 470STUDENT TEACHING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (grade of B- or better required)6
SER 471STUDENT TEACHING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION SEMINAR (grade of C or better required)4

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.

Special Education students must complete the following tests:

  • LBS1 Content Area Test (test #155) – assesses knowledge of working with students with disabilities and special needs. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • Special Education General Curriculum Test (test #163) – assesses knowledge of reading & literacy, mathematics, natural science, and social science. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply) .
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

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