At the University of Providence, the special education program leads to Montana certification as a K-12 generalist teaching endorsement in special education, which is seeing reciprocity in many states. Graduates of this program are highly recruited out of student teaching and often have teaching offers before they finish the program. The program emphasizes real-world applications of theory and thoroughly prepares students to meet the needs of a wide variety of students. Real-life interaction with teachers of students with special needs, as well as the students, is a cornerstone to this program. 150 hours of clinical fieldwork in a special education classroom is the norm for this major as well as 10 weeks of specialized student teaching.
The program is designed for busy professionals as well as traditional students. This is a hybrid program, blending evening live classes which are also live-streamed for distance students, with asynchronous on-line courses. The program is designed to be completed in four semesters part-time and easily accommodates teachers who want to add this endorsement to their license while holding down another position.
In the coming decade of increasing school-age population, the demand for special education teachers promises to be even greater. Not only can prospective teachers of exceptional individuals expect a wide choice of positions and feel justifiable pride in being on the cutting edge of the teaching profession, but they can also experience the satisfaction of demonstrably aiding children whom others cannot help. Considered a high-need teaching field in all states, significant loan forgiveness is also available for special education teachers.
B.A. in Special Education and either Elementary Education or Secondary Education
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