To provide education in the field of mild/moderate disabilities. This program provides the necessary competencies to become endorsed as either an elementary or secondary resource room teacher working with children with specific learning disabilities, mild/moderate disabilities, and behavioral disorders;
To provide education in the subject area of early childhood special education. This program provides the necessary sequence of courses to become endorsed as a teacher of early childhood special education (0-5 years);
To provide education in the field of communication disorders. This program provides the necessary sequence of courses to obtain licensure and/or become endorsed as a speech/language pathologist upon completion of the Master's Degree;
To offer a supporting minor for students seeking support courses to their major field;
To provide service courses to meet the needs of other programs, e.g., speech/language pathology, adapted physical education, elementary education;
To provide elective courses for educators in the field of specialization to improve competency in recognizing and serving children with individual differences and special needs.
Information for Students Seeking Teaching Endorsements
Students desiring to major in Special Education must complete the coursework for any two of the following subject endorsements: elementary (K-6) mild/moderate disabilities; secondary (7-12) mild/moderate disabilities; or early childhood special education (0-5) years.
Upon admission to teacher education, candidates requesting a special education major, additional endorsement, or minor in special education should file a program with the Special Education/ Communication Disorders Department for approval. Requirements for admission to student teaching in the endorsed areas are consistent with those recommended by the College of Education.
Special Education Major
A minor in Special Education is available in the department.
Communication Disorders Major
A Field Endorsement with teaching certification in Speech/Language Pathology is available upon completion of the Master's degree.
A minor in Communication Disorders is available.