The Certificate in Special Education K-12 Teaching will prepare provisionally licensed special education teachers to become fully licensed special education teachers who work with children with learning disabilities, emotional disturbance and mild to moderate intellectual disability. Students will be prepared to recognize a child’s educational and social problems, to formulate effective individualized instruction, and to consult with parents, teachers and administrators to incorporate accommodations and transitions into the child’s educational program. Graduates will be prepared to teach reading and language, behavior management, and social skills to students.
Student learning outcomes
Upon program completion, graduates will demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:
- Apply evidence-based practices, professional knowledge and skills in inclusive classrooms with students with high-incidence disabilities
- Design individualized assessments, unit and lesson plans, and make data-based decisions that will support the development of students with high-incidence disabilities
- Integrate reading and language, behavior management, and the use of interactive strategies that teach social skills to students with high-incidence disabilities
- Report and use formal and informal assessments techniques to deliver opportunities for students to transition into schools, programs and communities
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Degree candidacy requirements
A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.
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As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.
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Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.
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Students applying for the special education K-12 teaching certificate must:
- Be employed by a Virginia public or nonpublic school as a special educator in special education-general curriculum K-12 and have the recommendation of the employing educational agency
In addition to the VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete all required course work.
- Credit hour requirements: Students are required to complete a minimum of 27 credit hours.
- Grade requirements: Courses that have not earned a minimum grade of C cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements and be eligible for financial aid.
- Student teaching requirements: Students must successfully complete an approved student teaching experience.
|SEDP 501||Characteristics of Individuals with Disabilities||3|
|SEDP 502||Supervision Seminar I||1|
|SEDP 503||Supervision Seminar II||1|
|SEDP 531||Educational Foundations for Collaboration and Universally Designed Learning||3|
|SEDP 533||Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities||3|
|SEDP 601||Instructional Methods and Programming for Individuals with Disabilities||3|
|SEDP 602||Methods II: Teaching Students in Special Education - General Education||2|
|SEDP 603||Theories, Assessment and Practices in Literacy Development for Individuals with Exceptionalities||3|
|SEDP 611||Secondary Education and Transition Planning||2|
|SEDP 631||Behavior Support of Individuals with Disabilities||3|
|TEDU 561||Reading Foundations: Sociological/Psychological Perspectives||3|
The minimum total of graduate credit hours required for this certificate is 27.
Graduate program coordinator
LaRon Scott, Ed.D.
Assistant professor, Department of Counseling and Special Education
Phone: (804) 828-1332
Graduate program director
Donna Gibson, Ph.D.
Professor and chair, Department of Counseling and Special Education
Phone: (804) 828-1332
Program website: soe.vcu.edu