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The Department of Special Education, Professional Counseling, and Disability Studies collaborates with the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education and the Department of Secondary and Middle School Education to offer dual licensure (DL) programs leading to Early Childhood P-3 certification, Elementary Education K-6 certification or Secondary Education K-12 certification with an endorsement as Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD). Candidates in the Elementary Education/TSD program may also earn a 5-8 Subject area endorsement.
For graduate students, this initial dual licensure program for college graduates who are not currently certified to teach in any area and who wish to earn certification in Elementary Education, K-6 with an endorsement as Teacher of Students with Disabilities. This 46-credit program includes 34 credits of coursework, two practicums and a 10-credit full-time semester of student teaching. Upon completion of the program, teacher candidates will possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions to teach general education students K-6, and students with special needs. Courses are offered on campus, online and hybrid.