The Special Education Program offers coursework options at the graduate and undergraduate levels for individuals interested in pursuing licensure in either Early Childhood Special Education (birth to five years) or SPED K-12, students with disabilities accessing the general curriculum. In addition to our licensure programs, options exist for persons interested in learning more about individuals with disabilities and their educational needs.
The Special Education Program offers two routes to initial licensure:
♦ Five year M.A.T. initial licensure programs in which coursework is
integrated throughout a student's undergraduate and graduate experience
ο K-12th Grade Special Education (5 year program)
ο Inclusive Early Childhood Education (5 Year Program)
♦ Post-baccalaureate M.A.T. programs in which students begin
coursework towards licensure after they have earned a bachelor's degree
ο K-12th Grade Special Education post-baccalaureate program
ο Early Childhood Special Education post-baccalaureate program
♦ The Special Education Program offers courses through the Virginia Consortium
for Teacher Preparation in Visual Impairments. All courses specific
to vision impairments are offered in a distance education format. Course work
leads to intial licensure.
The undergraduate Exceptional Education Minor is designed for students who desire to learn more about persons with exceptionalities but do not want to pursue a teaching license in special education.
A certificate program in Autism is offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These courses were designed for individuals desiring to increase their knowledge and understanding of students with a disability in the autism spectrum, including those with Asperger syndrome. All graduate level courses are offered on-line.
Dr. Laura Desportes
If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.
-Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada