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Special Education

Mild/Moderate

Now Offering Mild/Moderate Special Education

Learn more about the program below. Once you have reviewed this page, if you have questions, let us know.

Our Special Education program is an

Initial, Integrated/Merged,

program for Mild/Moderate.

To enroll in the program, our admissions requirement for testing remains in the same: applicants will still need a general education Praxis II subject exam passed first. (Learn more about testing here.)

This is not an add-on program; it is for initial certification only.

Because it is an integrated/merged Special Education offering, anyone currently in our program would be able to be hired on a SPED license this upcoming school (with the understanding the SPED exam, #5543, would be passed by the end of the year).

For a teacher candidate to enroll into a Mild/Moderate 1-5 certification program (with the issuance of a PL), the state requires successfully completion of the following exams:

  • Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading, Writing, and Math (can be waived with ACT/SAT)
  • Elementary Education:  Multiple Subjects (5001)

For a teacher candidate to enroll into a Mild/Moderate 4-8 certification program (with the issuance of a PL), the state requires successfully completion of the following exams:

  • Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading, Writing, and Math (can be waived with ACT/SAT)
  • Any one of the middle school content exams (M.S. Math 5169, M.S. Science 5440, M.S. Social Studies 5089, or M.S. English/Lang Arts 5047)

For a teacher candidate to enroll into a Mild/Moderate 6-12 certification program (with the issuance of a PL), the state requires successfully completion of the following exams:

  • Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading, Writing, and Math (can be waived with ACT/SAT)
  • Any one of the secondary CORE content exams (e.g. Math 5161, Social Studies 5086, English 5039, Biology 5235, or Chemistry 5245, etc.)

As the teacher candidate nears completion of the program, he/she would be required to successfully complete pedagogy exams.

  • Pedagogy exams for a mild/moderate integrated to merged program completers would be the Special Ed: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (5543) AND the appropriate PLT Elem (5622) Middle School (5623) or Secondary (5624).

The completion of the program will be nearly identical as anyone completing our general education program.

To be recommended for your Level 1 License, the following must be completed:

  • Pass all required Praxis exams
    • Mild/Moderate Special Education #5543
    • Corresponding PLT exam
  • Complete TWO Special Education courses (included in program)
  • Complete all other required courses.
  • Complete two semester Residency in Special Education
  • Pay full balance

Once all program requirements are complete, you would be eligible to receive the Level 1 Professional License.

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