K-12 Special Education Endorsement Requirements

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  1. Teacher certification and one year of general classroom teaching, or special education paraprofessional experience, or special education certification and one year of special education teaching experience
  2. The passage of the state special education teacher licensing examination; and
  3. A minimum of a three semester-hour special education practicum under the supervision of a certified special education teacher and university supervisor at each level of endorsement.

A K-12 special education endorsement requires a minimum of 27 semester credits with a minimum of 24 in special education. The credits in special education shall include vocational transition and a special education practicum of two semester hours at the elementary level and two semester hours at the secondary level. The candidate must demonstrate through coursework knowledge and skills at the K-12 endorsement level to meet the Council of Exceptional Children's performance-based standards covering: foundations, development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, instructional strategies, learning environments and social interactions, communication, instructional planning, assessment, professional and ethical practice, and collaboration.

PRAXIS Exam requirements: #0354 (paper)/#5354 (computer-based); PRAXIS Study Guide

Course Prefix/# BHSU Program Course Title Credits
SPED 410/510 Behavior Management of Exceptional Children 3
SPED 413/513 Serving Students with MR, DD, & Severe Disabilities 3
SPED 420/520 Curriculum & Instructional Strategies K-12 3
SPED 431/531 Identification & Assessment in Special Education 3
SPED 432/532 Methods & Materials for LD K-12 3
SPED 460/560 Family Systems & Professional Collaboration 3
SPED 495/595 K-6 SPED Practicum 2
SPED 495/595 7-12 SPED Practicum 2
EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Growth & Development 3
SPED 300
SPED 405 (ONE of these)
Students with Exceptionalities
Educating Secondary Students w/Disabilities

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