The program is entirely customized with examples, strategies, and assignments for any teacher to gain and sharpen instructional skills for special education students. The courses that make up the program curriculum are designed to prepare and strengthen the teacher by providing the most current research-based and proven educational strategies and knowledge for meeting special education needs. The curriculum encompasses learning theory, educational foundations, brain theory, best practices, curriculum development, standards, and assessment.
Program Prerequisites and Requirements
- Eligible participants must be graduate-level teachers (instructional specialists, administrators, or any other school staff member assigned teaching duties or with access to educational facilities and programs) with current access to classrooms and a school (from grades preK-12, any content area).
- Participants must have regular access to a computer with reliable internet connectivity.
- The Introduction to Graduate Studies – Site Orientation must be completed prior to the start of the first course.
- Develop and implement an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
- Develop meaningful accommodations to maximize access to curriculum
- Understand and apply modifications to content, methods, and pacing of curriculum
- Design and implement developmentally appropriate strategies that foster, nurture, and develop skills in students that are within, and outside of, the normal range of child development
- Design and implement strategies to meet the special educational needs of students in the resource classroom
9 Credit Hours
Special Needs Certificate
EDC550 Child and Adolescent Development
EDC570 Special Needs Students
EDC578 English Language Learners with Special Needs