The program in Literacy and Specialized Instruction fosters leadership in three areas of specialized instruction:

  • Dual Certification (Licensure) - Special Education combined with Elementary Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • Special Education for Teachers

The Dual Certification (Licensure) concentration in Special Education (Special K-12) and Elementary Education (K-9) prepares candidates to teach both special and regular education and leads to initial teacher licensue in two areas. Coursework focuses on a theoretical understanding of both regular education and special education as well as on strategies for working with children in a wide variety of classroom settings.   

The Reading Specialist concentration combines the disciplines of Learning Disabilities and Reading Education (Developmental and Remedial Reading) and leads to a Reading Specialist License (K-12) and prepares students to work primarily as reading specialists and as professionals in clinics or private practice. Coursework focuses on a theoretical understanding of reading problems and learning disabilities in individuals of all ages. 

The Special Education for Teachers (Learning & Behavior Specialist 1) program prepares currently certified general education teachers to work in special education, and results in a LBS1 license (either K-12 or grade levels of existing licensure). Students in the Special Education for Teachers program may work with individuals with special needs in a variety of settings. 

Licensure

Students are eligible for licensure with an Elementary (K-9) teaching endorsement and a LBS1 endorsement (pre-K-21) upon completion of the Dual Certification (Licensure) Master’s program and the required licensure tests.
 
Students are eligible for a LBS1 license (pre-K-21) upon completion of the Special Education for Teachers (Learning Behavior Specialist 1) Master’s program and the required licensure tests.   Endorsement only options are available.  Note:  Courses in the Special Education for Teachers concentration are designed for practicing educators and are not open to students seeking a first teaching license (Teaching and Learning).
 
Students are eligible for a Reading Specialist license (K-12) upon completion of the Reading Specialist Master’s program, the required licensure tests, and the required employment experience (2-years of full-time teaching experience).  Endorsement only options are available. Note:  Courses in the Reading Specialist concentration are designed for practicing educators and are not open to students seeking a first teaching license (Teaching and Learning).  

 

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