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Pre-Professional Teacher Licensure Program Snapshot - Special Education

Description:

The special education pre-professional program enables students to become knowledgeable about the characteristics, diagnosis and remediation of children with disabilities accessing the general education curriculum. Students completing the five-year licensure program are prepared to serve as teachers of students with disabilities in a variety of educational placements and delivery models. 

The program includes extensive field experiences. Assessment of candidate performance includes evaluation of performance in individual courses and practicum, as well as other criteria. At various points throughout the program, there are formative and summative assessments where faculty committees review the overall performance of each candidate. Formative assessments will be used to advise candidates and develop a plan of actions for addressing any concerns that have been identified by the faculty. Summative assessments will be used to identify those candidates who are not making satisfactory progress towards advancement to the next sequences of courses and experiences. If progress is unsatisfactory, the candidate will not be allowed to continue until any identified deficiencies are corrected. In some cases, a candidate will be allowed to continue in the next semester, but there will be a plan of action for addressing any concerns that have been identified by the faculty.

Undergraduate Major(s): Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Offering Academic Unit: Department of Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities

Education Licensure: M.A.T.

Offering Academic Unit for Education: Department of Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities

Undergraduate Catalog Website: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/15/academic-units/exed.shtml#DepartmentofEducationalFoundationsandExceptionalities

Coordinator: Sharon Blatz

Notes: All students pursuing a teacher licensure program must meet with their major adviser and an education adviser. Students must apply to teacher education and be accepted before they can take education courses.