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Special Education Endorsement

The multi-categorical special education endorsement will prepare teachers to teach students with specific learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disabilities, and intellectual disabilities by creating teachers who are knowledgeable of learners with exceptionalities and their diverse needs. Teachers will also be prepared by using knowledge that they have learned in coursework and connecting that knowledge to authentic real-world experiences. Finally, the endorsement program will be offered in a cohort style and this will enhance the teachers’ ability to collaborate with professionals and families which is a vital part of the special education profession.

Students taking the five courses to receive their Special Education Endorsement will be required to have already received their initial licensure in either Elementary Education or Secondary Education in one of 5 content areas (Social Studies, Math, English, Science, or Biology). In addition to completing the five required courses, students must pass the Praxis II (Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications) and complete a significant field placement experience during the semester they are enrolled in advanced methods courses (EDUC 564 and EDUC 566).

The completion of the endorsement may also lead to a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with Specialization in Special Education with just 6 additional courses.

Program of Study

EDUC 560 Survey of Exceptionalities
EDUC 525 Collaborative Methods in the Inclusive Classroom
EDUC 562 Individualized Education Planning
EDUC 564 Advanced Methods: High Incidence Disabilities (SLD, EBD)
EDUC 566 Advanced Methods: Low Incidence Disabilities (ID)

Special tuition rates may apply for teachers that work for a Board of Education that is participating in a Strategic Alliance Program.

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Please contact Dr. Belinda Mitchell for specific information:

Dr. Belinda B. Mitchell
Shepherd University
Department of Education