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Special Educator II (for students without a teaching license)
60 or 69 credits

Credit Summary: Special Educator II (for those who do not hold a current teaching license)

  • Required Core Curriculum (33 credits)
  • TSPC required psychology class (3 credits)
  • Authorization for Elementary or Middle/High School (24 credits)
  • Optional continuation for Master's Degree (9 credits)
  • Total Authorization for Special Educator II without Master's Degree (60 credits)
  • Total Authorization with Master's Degree (69 credits)

Common Core (Special Educator I and II): 33 credits

  • SPED 518 Survey of Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPED 620 Content Reading and Instructional Planning (3 credits)
  • SPED 622 Reading Remediation (3 credits)
  • SPED 623 Behavior Support (3 credits)
  • SPED 625 Assessment for Instruction (3 credits)
  • SPED 628 Mathematics Remediation (3 credits)
  • SPED 632 Medical Aspects of Low Incidence Disabilities (3 credits)
  • SPED 633 Low Incidence Disabilities Methods (3 credits)
  • SPED 636 Managing Communication Systems (3 credits)
  • SPED 642 Standardized Assessment (3 credits)
  • SPED 646 Law and Special Education (3 credits)

Early Childhood/Elementary Authorization (27 credits) [PDF flyer]

  • Choose one:
    • PSY 620 Learning and Memory for Instruction (3 credits)
    • PSY 621 Development Psychology: Concepts and Application (3 credits)
  • SPED 607 Seminar: Academic (1 credit)
  • SPED 609 Practicum: Academic -or- SPED 610 Internship (3 credits)
  • SPED 607 Seminar: Low Incidence (1 credit)
  • SPED 609 Practicum: Low Incidence-or- SPED 610 Internship (3 credits)
  • SPED 639 Student Teaching: EC/Elementary Special Educator -or- SPED 610 Internship (9 credits)
  • SPED 607 Seminar: FSFE (1 credit)
  • SPED 671 Intro to Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPED 677 Assessment, Curriculum, and Intervention Strategies in EI/ECSE (3 credits)

Middle School/High School Authorization (27 credits) [PDF flyer]

  • Choose one:
    • PSY 620 Learning and Memory for Instruction (3 credits)
    • PSY 621 Development Psychology: Concepts and Application (3 credits)
  • SPED 547 Partnerships in Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPED 607 Seminar: Academic (1 credit)
  • SPED 609 Practicum: Academic -or- SPED 610 Internship (3 credits)
  • SPED 607 Seminar: Low Incidence (1 credit)
  • SPED 609 Practicum: Low Incidence-or- SPED 610 Internship (3 credits)
  • SPED 639 FSFE: Middle/High School Special Educator -or-SPED 610 Internship (9 credits)
  • SPED 607 Seminar: FSFE (1 credit)
  • SPED 672 Transition and Self-Determination (3 credits)

This endorsement may be part of an initial teaching license, or an add-on endorsement to an existing teaching license. Although some course work may be completed at the undergraduate level, it requires graduate study for completion. The graduate program content may be incorporated into a Master's Degree Program which requires 9-12 additional credits. The Special Educator Endorsement qualifies teachers to serve students with both mild and severe disabilities. This endorsement was formerly called the Handicapped Learner and Severely Handicapped Learner Endorsements.

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