Special Education

Special Education


These courses can prepare you to earn the Virginia Special Education - General Curriculum endorsement.

  • EDUC 565U Foundations & Legal Aspects of Special Education [E,S] – Offered Fall
  • EDUC 568U Successful Transitions in Special Education [S] – Offered Spring
  • EDUC 571U Assessment & Evaluation in Special Education [E] – Offered Spring
  • EDUC 574U Understanding & Implementing the IEP [E,S] – Offered Summer

Key: [S] = Secondary; [E] = Elementary

Note: Secondary candidates must also complete EDUC 511U and EDUC 560U. Contact the Graduate Education program if interested.

We’re pleased to offer coursework related to special education for K-12 teachers. These classes help prepare you to differentiate your curriculum and teach students with special needs to their greatest potential. Successful completion of these classes can apply toward a teaching endorsement as they meet the requirements for the Virginia Department of Education teaching endorsement in Special Education — General Curriculum (K-12). They also help prepare you to successfully differentiate your curriculum and teach students with special needs to their greatest potential.

If you’re seeking the special education teaching endorsement, we welcome you to work with our program manager to determine any additional coursework or experience required to complete the endorsement. Our classes are offered on a standard rotation and can be completed in a year.

Once you’ve completed the required courses, follow VDOE guidance on submitting the application. Review the section that starts with “Licensure Changes.” Our program manager can assist you in preparing your application, but you’ll be responsible for collecting the required documentation and submitting the licensure paperwork to the appropriate VA DOE office.

Available Classes

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  • EDUC 574U Understanding and Implementing the IEP
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
    Wednesday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Allison Brenning

    CRN: 30080 (section: pd01)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Remote online as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.


    This course provides students with critical information and hands-on practice regarding the developmentvand implementation of the Individual Education Program (IEP), the federally required document that describes all the components of special education services and safeguards for students with disabilities. Participants will learn regulatory background, essential components, procedural requirements, implementation practices, and monitoring strategies that support effective IEP implementation and lead to positive student outcomes. Participants will analyze and evaluate IEPs, gaining expertise in IEP development and implementation.