Special Education

Special Education

Coursework

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 568U Successful Transition through Consultation and Collaboration
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023

    Cort Schneider

    CRN: 22246 (section: 1PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. No scheduled class sessions. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    This course is designed to prepare teacher candidates with the ability to prepare their students and work with families to provide successful student transitions throughout the educational experience. Additionally, teacher candidates will learn strategies for successful consultation, case management and collaboration for establishing an effective school environment, postsecondary training, employment, and independent living that address an understanding of long-term planning, career development, life skills, community experiences and resources, self-advocacy, and self-determination, guardianship and legal considerations.

  • EDUC 571U Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
    Course Offerings

    January 9, 2023 through April 29, 2023
    Thursday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    CRN: 22187 (section: 01PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Remote online course as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    This course is designed to introduce teacher candidates to the variety of assessment and evaluation techniques and their specific purposes, including eligibility for students with disabilities, instructional decision making, and program improvement. This course explores the relationship among the general curriculum, formal and informal assessment results, and instruction for students with disabilities to support instructional planning, decision-making and self-reflection.