Department of Education and Special Education
- Undergraduate Programs
- Graduate Degree Major Programs
- Graduate Professional Endorsement Programs
- Graduate Certificate Program
The program will provide coherent preparation in all areas of the Special Education curriculum including field experience. Successful completion of the entire program meets current eligibility requirements for an endorsement in Special Education General Curriculum grades K-12. Incorporating the standards of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Virginia Department of Education (DOE), this program will expand the candidate’s teaching skills and will help the candidate make a significant and positive impact on struggling students in the General Curriculum K-12.
Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.
Following is a list of the minimum required courses. For each prospective candidate with a degree and licensure to teach in Virginia, the program coordinator will conduct an individual review of prior coursework and identify a list of additional specific classes to be completed for the endorsement. Prior to completing the program and receiving the endorsement, students must show evidence of at least one course in the teaching of reading and one course in the teaching of mathematics. In addition, the candidate must complete at least 225 clock hours (3 credit hours) of graduate professional experience at an approved school/classroom in the final semester of the program.
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED 24