Elementary Education & Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Dual Certification (Integrated to Merged) Approach, Grades 1-5
Dual Certification (Integrated to merged) certification (IM) is the initial certification option in the mild/moderate disabilities program. Coursework for IM certification is designed to prepare practitioners who are highly effective in teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities, teaching elementary curriculum, or teaching in a content area (English/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies). Undergraduate students can earn certification in both elementary education and mild/moderate disabilities in grades 1 through 5 while earning a bachelor degree.
The description of degree requirements for elementary education and mild/moderate disabilities provides an overview of courses required to complete the degree program.
The elementary education and mild/moderate disabilities program represents a performance-based model of personnel preparation, which includes a number of field experiences associated with the attendant coursework. These experiences culminate in the year-long residency. Information on the field experience requirements of each course may be found in each course's syllabus. For more information, please see the web page for field experience.
Candidate Assessment Information
The Elementary teacher education program requires candidates to complete a variety of assessments as they progress through the program of study.
Master of Arts in Teaching
For students who have already attained a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, the Master of Art in Teaching degree is an alternate means to achieving certification. Student may earn certification in mild/moderate disabilities and elementary education.