Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Special Education

Program Rationale:

This non-degree program is designed for students who, after receiving an undergraduate degree that did not lead to teacher certification (i.e., psychology, sociology, general sciences, human services, mathematics, business, liberal arts, etc.), want to pursue coursework leading to teacher certification in special education. The curriculum for this program is aligned with the standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the certification requirements of the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the program are expected to:
  • demonstrate knowledge of foundational issues in special education and their impact on the field;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, and appropriate instructional strategies;
  • promote effective learning environments and social interactions for individuals with disabilities;
  • demonstrate knowledge of typical and atypical language development, cultural implications of language development, and alternative approaches to communication;
  • demonstrate knowledge of instructional planning, assessment, and collaboration to address the learning differences of individuals with disabilities; and
  • promote professional and ethical practices in the field of special education.

Course and Requirements:

  • Professional Requirements (9 credits)
  • 30 hours of verified field experience with regular education students
  • 10 hours of verified field experience with exceptional learners.
SPED 501 Education of the Exceptional Learner 3
SPED 502 Principles of Learning in Special Education 3
or
EDTE 315 Principles of Learning: Elementary 4
RDG 503 Developmental Reading in PK-12 3
Specialization Requirements:
SPED 511 Behavioral/Emotional Disorders 3
SPED 512 Learning Disabilities 3
SPED 513 Developmental Disabilities 3
SPED 514 Cognitive Behavior Management and Social Skills Strategies 3
SPED 515 Assessment in Special Education 3
SPED 516 Instructional Programming for Students with Exceptionalities 3
SPED 517 Instructional Methods for Students with Special Needs- Elementary 3
SPED 518 Instructional Methods for Students with Special Needs- Secondary 3
SPED 520 Student Teaching Seminar 1
SPED 521 Student Teaching in Special Education-Elementary (eight weeks) 3
SPED 522 Student Teaching in Special Education-Secondary (eight weeks) 3

Note: It is the student's responsibility to consult with their advisor on a regular basis since program policies and procedures are subject to change.

Students must be sure to consider prerequisite requirements before registering for courses. Numerical listing does not necessarily indicate correct sequence.

In addition to maintaining a 3.00 overall average, students must maintain a B- (2.70) average in special education courses to be recommended for certification.

The School of Education and Professional Studies requires students to complete a departmental performance assessment in order to qualify for student teaching and to complete the Professional Program. In addition, students are expected to abide by the standards outlined in the current Undergraduate Catalog for maintaining good standing in the Professional Program.

Admission to the Professional Program is a prerequisite for SPED 515-522.

SPED 516, 517, and 518 may be counted toward a master's degree in special education.

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