Drake University offers a multitude of special education endorsement options.
The following endorsements can be completed by taking courses in the summer. Online and face-to-face courses are available for your convenience.
The Unified Endorsement (100) program focuses on the design of educational services to pre-school and school age children with special learning needs or disabilities. This program prepares individuals to teach such students.
The Instructional Strategist I Elementary endorsement will prepare pre-service or in-service teachers provide instruction to students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K-8 instructional settings. The Instructional Strategist I Secondary endorsement will prepare pre-service or in-service teachers to provide instruction to students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades 5-12 instructional settings. This is a second endorsement only at the 5-12 level.
The Instructional Strategist II LB/BD, endorsement will prepare teachers providing instruction to students with moderate to severe learning disabilities and behavior disorders in K-12 instructional settings.
The Instructional Strategist II, ID, endorsement will prepare teachers providing instruction to students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities in K-12 instructional settings.
The Special Education Consultant endorsement will prepare you as a specialist for consultant roles at the district, regional or state level. Special Education consultants are increasing in demand as districts and organizations work to administer programs designed for students with various disabilities. This program is designed to help future special education consultants understand how to research best practices and to evaluate research-based interventions and procedures with high fidelity. Must have or be in pursuit of a M.S. in Special Education.
The Work Experience Coordinator Endorsement program prepares individuals to collaborate with community resources and parents, to build assistance teams and to provide support service to secondary school programs (5-12). This endorsement is appropriate for individuals who already hold a secondary special education endorsement, have or are in pursuit of a 5-12 special education endorsement, and who wish to work with older students having disabilities in areas of school to work transition.
Michael Couvillon, PhD
Professor of Education
Catherine Gillespie, PhD