Roosevelt’s program in special education is a PreK–age 21 certification program leading to a Type 10 special education certificate with LBS1 endorsement. Completion of the program qualifies graduates to teach children with all areas of special education needs, with the exception of sensory impairments and communication disorders. The LBS1 classification includes the former categories of learning disabilities, mental retardation, severe emotional and behavior disorders, other health impairments, traumatic brain injury, autism, and physical disabilities.
Current teachers who hold an early childhood (Type 04), elementary (Type 03), or secondary (Type 09) teaching certificate and who wish to receive state approval to teach students with special needs may complete the requirements for the approval described at the end of this page. The LBS1 endorsement provides specialized training with respect to learning disabilities, mental retardation, severe emotional and behavior disorders, other health impairments, traumatic brain injury, autism, and physical disabilities.
Applicants to this program must have earned a 120 semester hour bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale and have a passing score on the ICTS Basic Skills Test or Test of Academic Proficiency.
At the time of admission, advisors review transcripts and evaluate all course work completed at other colleges or universities. Advising plans are developed and any deficiencies related to certification requirements are noted. If additional course work is needed, the student’s advisor will indicate the course work needed for certification. Each student must confer with his/her assigned advisor before enrolling in the program and during each advising period to ensure that all requirements are being successfully completed.
Students who have failed content exams in other teacher preparation programs may apply to change their program of study to special education. However, prior to application, students need to have taken one special education class in addition to SPED 319/419, and need to have passed the ICTS Special Education General Curriculum Test.
To earn the MA in special education, students must complete 12 courses (43 semester hours). All graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses, and no grade below C is acceptable for certification or the MA degree (C- grades are unacceptable). No more than two grades of C or C+ may be applied toward certification or the degree.
The following courses are required to earn certification and complete the MA in special education. SPED 405 and SPED 407 are prerequisites for the program, and may be completed in addition to the 11 required courses, or may be fulfilled at the time of admission through the evaluation of undergraduate or graduate transcripts.
SPED 419, SPED 442, SPED 443, SPED 445, and SPED 446 have field experience components that provide important first-hand experience in the classroom. Students enrolled in field experience courses participate in the classroom as observers and participants in individual, small group, and large group activities. Because the special education program leads to Type 10 PreK-21 certification, field experiences are planned to include experiences with diverse learners in early childhood, elementary, middle school, and secondary settings. In addition, placements are carefully arranged in order to insure that students have experience in inclusion settings, resource, and self-contained special education classrooms.
Practicum in special education is divided into two experiences during the same 15-week term: a five-week internship and a ten-week student teaching placement. It is arranged in this way in order to provide an intensive experience for teacher candidates at the preschool, elementary, middle school, and secondary school levels.
Internship and student teaching are planned with consideration for each student’s needs and interests. It is open only to students who have successfully completed all of the appropriate general education and academic major requirements, the Basic Skills Test or Test of Academic Proficiency, the Special Education General Curriculum Test and LBS1 Content Test, the required field experiences, and other requirements for admission to student teaching. Formal application two semesters prior to student teaching is required. Applicants are expected to be in good physical health and prepared in content knowledge, professional and pedagogical skills, and professional dispositions. Each student is supervised by a member of the College of Education faculty and by a resident experienced teacher. No other courses may be taken while student teaching without approval of the advisor.
To earn the Type 10 teaching certificate, students must complete the Assessment of Professional Teaching, in addition to the approved student teaching and internship experience.
Students graduating and applying for the special education certificate must meet the general education requirements listed below. If their bachelor's degree program has deficiencies in the general education requirements, they may complete this work concurrently with the master’s degree requirements.
General education requirements for state certification in special education:
The Nonwestern/Third World cultures course may be selected from humanities or social science courses.
This program is intended for current teachers who hold an early childhood (Type 04), elementary (Type 03), or secondary (Type 09) teaching certificate and who wish to receive state approval to teach students with special needs. The courses are also available to individuals who hold a special education (Type 10) certificate in a specific category of disability and who need to lift a limited status on the State’s newly established LBS1 approval.
Students may enroll in the series of courses leading to LBS1 approval as either a graduate student in Special Education or Teacher Leadership. The approval courses count as elective course work within the Teacher Leadership program.
The State requirements for a special education approval (LBS1) on an existing certificate include four courses and a total of 14 semester hours. The two courses below are required.
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