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Special Education Licensure

Special Education Licensure is offered through the education program. Elementary education majors can add PreK–8 Licensure, and middle school education and secondary education majors can add Grade 5–12 Licensure.

Special education teachers are patient, passionate individuals with a vision for helping students succeed beyond their disabilities, whether physical, cognitive or emotional. A special education concentration allows you to hone specific teaching skills for students with varying abilities, and earn a second license—meaning you could graduate with two majors and two licenses in the time that most college students are earning a single degree. This makes a Gordon-trained teacher a valuable asset to employers right away.


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION LICENSURE (PRE K–8)

In addition to Elementary Education major course requirements, the following courses are required for the Special Education (PreK–8) licensure program:

EDU 342 Special Education Assessment and Intervention
EDU 407 Special Education Seminar
EDU 428 Language and Learning Disabilities
EDU 481 Elementary School Practicum
EDU 482 Special Education Practicum

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION LICENSURE (5–12)

In addition to Middle School Education or Secondary Education major course requirements, the following courses are required for the Special Education (5–12) licensure program:

EDU 342 Special Education Assessment and Intervention
EDU 345 Introduction to Teaching Reading
EDU 347 or EDU 352 Elementary Reading and Language Arts (Grades 1–6) / 
Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas
EDU 348 Assessment for the Classroom Teacher
EDU 407 Special Education Seminar
EDU 428 Language and Learning Disabilities
EDU 441 Methods of Secondary Special Education
EDU 482 Special Education Practicum
MAT 205 Concepts of Mathematics I
MAT 206 Concepts of Mathematics II
HIS 115 American History Survey