Becoming a Special Education Teacher
The Special Education Teacher Preparation Program combines regular elementary teaching certification and K-12 endorsement in the special education area of learning disabilities. Both certification and endorsement are awarded only after completion of a fifth-year internship experience.
Preparing Future Educators
This unique Bachelor of Arts and special education endorsement program is designed to prepare students to be effective general and special education teachers. It places a high priority on helping students build connections between theory and practice in the mainstream classroom teaching situation, as well as the more traditional “self-contained” type of special education classroom. The internship experience, in particular, is designed to be an occasion where special education teacher candidates can benefit from continued instruction and mentoring from university and school faculty while working to refine and hone skills developed earlier in the program.
A Comprehensive Special Education Program
The special education faculty at MSU has developed a special education teacher preparation program that addresses teaching for higher levels of understanding and provides teacher candidates with opportunities to gain the critical knowledge and skills needed to teach all children effectively, especially those who come to school less well-prepared than others for what the school traditionally offers.