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Endorsements

The School of Education offers a full degree as well as multiple endorsement options in the field of Special Education.  

Whether you enroll in the degree program or an endorsement program, we place a strong emphasis on research-based strategies and techniques specifically designed to teach individuals how to assist students with learning and behavioral needs. Our faculty have extensive backgrounds and experience in special education classroom settings, complementing their research and university experiences. We offer the following endorsement options:  

  • Instructional Strategist I, Elementary
  • Instructional Strategist I, Secondary
  • Instructional Strategist II, K-12, LD/BD
  • Instructional Strategist II, K-12, ID
  • Consultant in Special Education
  • Work Experience Coordinator 

See below for course requirements of each strand.  

 

Instructional Strategist I, Mild to Moderate - Elementary (K-8)

Elementary Mild to Moderate

The Instructional Strategist I, Elementary Endorsement builds skills specifically for educating students with mild to moderate disabilities.  This endorsement will prepare pre-service or in-service teachers how to instruct students with mild to moderate disabilities in a K-8 instructional setting. 

The Instructional Strategist I, Elementary endorsement is a total of 25 credit hours

The following courses are required:

Course          Credit Description
SPED 220 3 Introduction to Special Education 
SPED 222 3 Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
SPED 223 3 Learning Environments and Differentiated Instruction

SPED 227

or

SPED 266

3

Practicum - Mild and Moderate Disabilities

or

Student Teaching in Special Education

SPED 251 3 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation
SPED 253 3 Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support
SPED 272 3 Schools, Families, Communities, and Disabilities 
SPED 275 1 Career, Vocational, and Transitional Planning 
EDUC 275 3 Literacy Assessment and Instruction I

 

Instructional Strategist I, Mild to Moderate - Secondary (5-12)

Secondary Mild to Moderate

The Instructional Strategist I—Secondary endorsement option builds skills specifically for educating students with mild to moderate disabilities.  This endorsement will prepare pre-service or in-service teachers to instruct students with mild to moderate disabilities in a 5-12 instructional setting. 

The Instructional Strategist I, Mild to Moderate - Secondary endorsement is a total of 27 credit hours

Course         Credit Description
SPED 220 3 Introduction to Special Education 
SPED 222 3 Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
SPED 223 3 Learning Environments and Differentiated Instruction

SPED 228

or

SPED 268

3

Practicum - Mild and Moderate Disabilities

or 

Student Teaching in Special Education 

SPED 251 3 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation
SPED 253 3 Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support
SPED 272 3 Schools, Families, Communities, and Disabilities
SPED 275 1 Career, Vocational, and Transitional Planning
SPED 276 2 Coordination of Cooperative Occupational Programs
EDUC 275 3 Literacy Assessment and Instruction I

Instructional Strategist II, LD/BD

LD/BD - (K-12)

The Instructional Strategist II, LD/BD - K-12 endorsement provides the approaches needed to assist students with moderate to severe behavioral disorders and learning disabilities.  This endorsement will prepare in-service teachers in any K-12 instructional setting. Candidates for this program must hold a bachelor's degree in teaching and have an endorsement in special education.  

The Instructional Strategist II, LD/BD endorsement is a total of 30 credit hours.  

Course            Credit Description
SPED 220 3 Introduction to Special Education 
SPED 223 3 Learning Environments and Differentiated Instruction
SPED 225 3 Introduction to Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities
SPED 226 3 Evidence Based Interventions for Students with Learning Disabilities and/or Behavior Disorders

SPED 229

or

SPED 266

3

Practicum in Behavioral Disorders and/or Learning Disabilities

or 

Student Teaching in Special Education  

SPED 251 3 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation
SPED 253 3 Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support
SPED 272 3 School, Families, Communities and Disabilities
SPED 275 1 Career, Vocational, and Transitional Planning
SPED 276 2 Coordination of Cooperative Occupational Programs
EDUC 275 3 Literacy Assessment and Instruction I

 

Instructional Strategist II, ID

ID - (K-12)

The Instructional Strategist II, ID, K-12 endorsement provides the approaches needed to instruct students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. This endorsement will prepare in-service teachers in any K-12 instructional setting. Candidates for this program must already hold a bachelor's degree in teaching and an endorsement in special education.  

The Instructional Strategist II, ID endorsement is 33 credit hours

CourseCredit Description
SPED 220 3 Introduction to Special Education 
SPED 223 3 Learning Environments and Differentiated Instruction
SPED 224 3 Curriculum & Methods for Students with Moderate & Severe Intellectual Disabilities
SPED 225 3 Introduction to Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities

SPED 231

or 

SPED 268

3

Practicum in Behavioral Disorders and/or Learning Disabilities 

or

Student Teaching in Special Education 

SPED 251 3 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation
SPED 253 3 Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support
SPED 254 3 First Aid, Health & Safety for Individuals with Moderate & Severe Disabilities
SPED 272 3 School, Families, Communities and Disabilities
SPED 275 1 Career, Vocational, and Transitional Planning
SPED 276 2 Coordination of Cooperative Occupational Programs
EDUC 275 3 Literacy Assessment and Instruction I

Consultant in Special Education

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 endorsement 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.

Candidates for this endorsement must have, or be in pursuit of, a MSE in Special Education.

The Consultant in Special Education endorsement is a total of 9 credit-hours.

The following courses are required:  

CourseCreditDescription 

SPED 221

or 

EDL 278

3

Supervision of Instruction for Students with Special Needs

or

EDL 278

SPED 278 3 Consultation and Inservice Training
EDUC 276 3 Principles of Program/Curriculum Development

Work Experience Coordinator

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, who 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.

The Work Experience Coordinator endorsement is a total of 9 credit hours.  

The following courses are required:  

Course      Credit Description 
SPED 274   3 Career/Vocational Assessment
SPED 275 3 Career and Vocational Planning
SPED 276 3 Coordination of Cooperative Occupational Programs
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