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Special Education Endorsement



A special education endorsement requires:

1) Teacher certification and one year of general classroom teaching, or special education paraprofessional experience, or special education certification and one year of special education teaching experience;

2) The passage of the state special education teacher licensing examination; and

3) A minimum of a three semester-hour special education practicum under the supervision of a certified special education teacher and university supervisor at each level of endorsement.

A K-8 special education endorsement requires a minimum of 26 semester credits with a minimum of 23 credits in special education. The credits in special education shall include a special education practicum of three semester hours. The candidate must demonstrate through coursework knowledge and skills at the K-8 endorsement level to meet the Council of Exceptional Children’s performance-based standards covering: foundations, development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, instructional strategies, learning environments and social interactions, communication, instructional planning, assessment, professional and ethical practice, and collaboration.

A 7-12 special education endorsement requires a minimum of 26 semester credits with a minimum of 23 in special education. The credits in special education shall include vocational transition and a special education practicum of three semester hours. The candidate must demonstrate through coursework knowledge and skills at the 7-12 endorsement level to meet the Council of Exceptional Children’s performance-based standards covering: foundations, development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, instructional strategies, learning environments and social interactions, communication, instructional planning, assessment, professional and ethical practice, and collaboration.

A K-12 special education endorsement requires a minimum of 27 semester credits with a minimum of 24 in special education. The credits in special education shall include vocational transition and a special education practicum of two semester hours at the elementary level and two semester hours at the secondary level. The candidate must demonstrate through coursework knowledge and skills at the K-12 endorsement level to meet the Council of Exceptional Children’s performance-based standards covering: foundations, development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, instructional strategies, learning environments and social interactions, communication, instructional planning, assessment, professional and ethical practice, and collaboration.

A birth through preschool special education endorsement requires 18 semester credits including a three semester hour practicum specific to birth through preschool special education. This endorsement requires both coursework completion and a passing score on the designated state test. Coursework should address the following competencies: basic knowledge and understanding, demonstrated competence, etiology and characteristics of disabilities, placement committee process, curriculum and intervention, and assessing,

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