This certificate program offered at our Northern Virginia Center allows prospective teachers to earn fulfill the requirements of the Virginia Department of Education for initial licensure with endorsement in General Special Education, K-12. Upon completion of the program, students may apply to the Virginia Department of Education for licensure. If students want to earn both licensure and a degree, they must apply to the MEd in Special Education offered through the Northern Virginia Center.
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Prerequisites and Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission, you must:
1. Possess an undergraduate degree and have a B average or better for the last two years of study.
2. Complete the online application for admission and submit supporting materials, including official transcripts and test scores by application deadline. If you are not a licensed teacher, you must submit test scores on ONE of the exams below (be sure to scan and email a copy of your scores to Phyllis Palmore (email@example.com) to help us locate official scores quickly:
· SATs taken prior to 4/1/95—score of 1000, with at least 450 verbal and 510 math; if taken after 4/1/95—score of 1100, with at least 530 verbal, 530 math, OR
· ACTs: taken prior to 4/1/95—score of 1100, with at least 450 verbal, 510 math; if taken after 4/1/95—composite score of 24, with at least 22 in math, 46 English Plus Reading score, OR
· PRAXIS I: 178 math, 178 reading, 175 writing or 532 composite score, OR
· VCLA: Reading and Writing as an optional assessment for the PRAXIS I reading and writing tests-- writing subtest of 235, reading subtest of 235, composite score of 470--in combination with qualifying math scores from SATs and ACTs.
Application Due Date
All materials, including test scores and official transcripts must be submitted by the following dates: October 15 (spring entry), February 1 (summer entry), June 1 (fall entry).
This is not a degree program. The master's program requires only 9 additional requirements, so we recommend you consider that option. As noted on the MEd description, this will require you to submit both the scores listed above in "prerequisites and admission requirements" as well as GRE scores. If you are not ready to take this step, apply to the initial licensure program now; you can always apply later for admission to the MEd program as long as you do so on or before the date you complete 18 credits. No requirements completed more than five years before the certificate is to be awarded may be credited toward this certificate.
Typical Length of Study
Students who take one course in fall and spring semesters and at least two courses during the summer typically complete their studies in two to three years.
Semester of Entry:
fall, spring or summer
Full or Part Time:
Required courses by term--Fall (F), Spring (Sp), Summer (Su):
EDIS 5000 The Exceptional Learner (F, Sp, Su)
EDIS 5040 Psychoeducational Assessment (F, Su)
EDIS 5041 Behavior Management (F, Su)
EDIS 5100 Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (1 credit) (Sp, Su)
EDIS 5110 Characteristics of Learning Disabilities (1 credit) (Sp, Su)
EDIS 5120 Characteristics of Intellectual Disabilities (1 credit) (Sp, Su)
EDIS 5140 Methods of Instruction and Collaboration (F, Sp)
EDIS 5141 IEP and Transition Planning (1 credit) (F, Sp)
EDIS 5222 Reading Development for Special Populations (Sp)
EDIS 5230 Reading Diagnosis and Remediation for Special Education Teachers (F)
EDIS 5060 Mathematics Instruction (Sp)
EDIS 3451 Teaching with Technology (1 credit) (Su, Sp)
EDIS 5500 Special Education Teaming: Parent, Educator, Student (2 credits) (Su) - formerly PSED 6505
EDIS 7100 Contemporary Issues in Education (Su)
EDIS 5887 Teaching Associateship, Special Education (F, Sp)
Our current course offerings can be found in the Student Information System (SIS) or the Curry course database.
Sample Jobs After Graduation
Special education teacher
7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA 22043
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