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  Nov 21, 2017

Special Education Major—Secondary Teaching Certification

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In addition to the special education professional studies requirements and secondary education professional studies, special education majors at the secondary level must complete either:

  1. An approved major listed below
  2. Two minors from the list of approved minors listed below

NOTE: Students electing to exit from the Special Education Major prior to completion of Special Education Professional Studies and seeking certification must meet requirements for approved majors/minors listed under Elementary/Secondary Certification.

The approved majors are: visual arts, biology, chemistry, communication and theatre, English, French, history, mathematics, music, physical education, physics and Spanish. Requirements are listed under the respective departments. Students seeking K-12 certification in art also should see the Certification Advisor in the College of Education.

An approved minor must be chosen from biology, chemistry, communication and theatre, economics, English, Spanish, French, German, history, mathematics, physical education, physics, or political science.  Students should consult individual department listings for details on these minors.

Pre-Professional Studies (5 credits required)

Secondary Education Professional Studies (21 credits required)

Student Teaching (12 credits required)

Special Education Professional Studies Requirements

Secondary Teacher Education Program Requirements

Grade Point Average Requirement

Students in the Department of Teacher Education will be required to maintain an accumulative GPA of at least 2.50 in all professional studies courses in order to student teach. Additionally, NCATE accreditation requires an accumulative GPA of 2.50 prior to recommendation for certification.

Students failing to maintain the required GPA in either case may be dismissed from the program, subject to an appeal. Information for an appeals process may be obtained from the dean’s office.

Seven Year Time Limit for Professional Studies Courses

All professional studies courses (credits and requirements) must be completed within seven (7) years prior to the date on which the degree is to be granted.

Student Teaching

TE 422 is graded on a pass/fail basis. Evaluations are made and kept on file in the College of Education Office. Application forms for student teaching can be obtained from the College of Education web site and must be returned to the director by the last working day of the month of November for the next year’s Fall Semester Student Teaching assignment, or by the last working day of the month of March for the next year’s Winter Semester Student Teaching assignment.

Student teaching and the seminar (TE 412/422) constitute a full course load. No student may enroll for any additional credits without written permission from the Director of Clinical Experiences. Student teaching normally involves 14 weeks of full-time teaching in an area school. Assignments are made by the Director of Clinical Experiences.

Student teaching assignments are routinely made only for fall and winter semesters. Summer student teaching assignments may be approved by the faculty of the Department of Teacher Education upon recommendation of the Director of Clinical Experiences. Such assignments are to be exceptional and/or experimental.
Note: It is particularly important that students placed in student teaching assignments for a given semester immediately notify the Director of Clinical Experiences when they are not able to fulfill their placement obligation. When a student drops student teaching without approval of the Director of Clinical Experiences, he/she will not be given a student teaching assignment during the following semester. When this student reapplies, he/she may be asked to appear for a formal hearing of the Department of Teacher Education.





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