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quoteThe secret in education lies in respecting the student.quote1
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

This program, which is designed for part-time students, provides those with certification in childhood education (1-6) the opportunity to gain knowledge about working with students with disabilities, and to complete an approved program that will allow them to make initial certifications professional. This program allows teachers who will work in general education settings to become better prepared to work with the students with disabilities who will be included in their classrooms. Students in the Inclusion program complete required special education courses and a series of electives in reading and educational psychology. They plan and execute a small research project in education as their capstone experience.

What Graduates say about the the Program in Inclusion and Special Education:

"The first two weeks of class I left class with a massive headache. So much information! Everything I learned I have already tried in my classroom. I am amazed at everything Iíve learned and how it all clicks together."

"These classes have provided me with good resources, and seem to really focus on applications teachers can use in the classroom. I'm also pleased that two of my classes have only 10-15 students in them, which allows for a lot of discussion."

Program Requirements
30 credits
Evening course work (possible assignment to on-line courses)

Appropriate Applicants are Individuals with …
initial certification in Childhood or Elementary Education
undergraduate average of 3.0 or better

Certification Earned:
Professional Certification in Childhood Education (1-6)

Application Deadline: See graduate admissions

How to Apply

  • Complete the application at
  • Submit transcript and 3 letters of recommendation, including at least one from someone who has observed you teach
  • Submit a copy of your teaching certification(s)
  • Submit a copy of your test scores on the LAST, ATS-W, and Multi-Subject Content Specialty Test
  • Complete the Departmental Statement of Purpose and Questionnaire (Special Education Data Sheet and Written Statement) at

Typical Program

Courses typically offered in SUMMER
EPSE 561
Characteristics of and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Students in Inclusive Childhood and Middle Childhood Settings (3) OR
ESPE 560
ESPE 653
Managing Behaviors of Students with Disabilities at the Childhood and Middle Childhood Level (3)
Courses typically offered in FALL
ESPE 652
Math, Science and Technology Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
EPSY 531
Understanding and Teaching Scientific Inquiry and Basic Data Analysis (3)
ESPE 650
Educational Environments for Preparing Students with Disabilities to Meet the Learning Standards (3) or other approved special education course
Select another Reading course:
ERDG 625, ERDG 504, ERDG 615, ERDG 638 (3)
Courses typically offered in SPRING
ESPE 651
English Language Arts and Social Studies Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
Select ONE Educational Psychology course.
EPSY 502, EPSY 540, EPSY 610 or other as approved by advisor (3)
Select ONE Reading course
ERDG 625, ERDG 504, ERDG 615, ERDG 638 (3)
EPSY 680 –
Research Project in Educational Psychology (3)

Please note: The special education programs, including the special education and literacy programs, are in the process of being revised. The content on the website reflects the current programs, so may not reflect the revised programs that will be in effect beginning in summer 2013. 

Website under revision. Please refer to the graduate bulletin for the most accurate information.

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