Special Education General-Curriculum Add-On Endorsement Course Series (Online)


Interested in developing critical skills needed to teach students with disabilities? The Curry School of Education is pleased to launch an online course series leading to add-on endorsement in Special Education-General Curriculum!

Teachers who hold a professional teaching license in Virginia and complete this online course series will be eligible to add the Special Education-General Curriculum endorsement.

  • Teachers holding an Elementary Education (such as preK-3 or preK-6) endorsement are eligible for the Special Education – General Curriculum K-6 add-on endorsement.
  • Teachers holding a Middle Education (grades 6-8) endorsement are eligible for the Special Education – General Curriculum Middle Grades 6-8 add-on endorsement.
  • Teachers holding a Secondary Education endorsement in English, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics are eligible for the Special Education – General Curriculum Secondary Grades 6-12 add-on endorsement.
  • Teachers holding any other endorsement, including K-12 or preK-12 endorsements, are not eligible to add the special education endorsement through this course series.

The Special Education – General Curriculum online course series is designed to equip licensed elementary, middle, and high school teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the distinct learning needs of students with disabilities. This course series will provide teachers with research-based strategies to support these students in the general curriculum settings.

Target knowledge and skills include:

  • Knowledge of the historical, ethical, and legal foundations of the field of special education
  • How to develop and implement individualized education programs (IEPs)
  • Knowledge of best practices in assessment and evaluation of students with disabilities
  • How to implement instructional strategies in reading, writing, and mathematics to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities

*Note: Students interested in obtaining a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction can take these courses as an area of focus. Please visit the Online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction webpage for more information. 

 

Program Details


  • Admissions Criteria

    Students interested in taking courses in this series must fill out a Non-degree Student form at least a week before the start of the desired term; no application is needed.

    Students are encouraged to fill out the form early to ensure they secure a seat in their desired classes.

  • Requirements

    Students may take courses at their own pace. Once they have completed the requirements set forth by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), they may apply to the VDOE for the add-on endorsement. 

  • Course Overview

    Special Education-General Curriculum K-6

    • EDIS 5000: The Exceptional Learner
    • EDIS 5142: IEP Development and Implementation
    • EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education
    • EDIS 5230: Reading and Writing Instruction for Special Education
    • EDIS 5040: Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education 

    Special Education-General Curriculum 6-8 

    • EDIS 5000: The Exceptional Learner
    • EDIS 5142: IEP Development and Implementation
    • EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education
    • EDIS 5230: Reading and Writing Instruction for Special Education
    • EDIS 5143: Transition Planning

    Special Education-General Curriculum Secondary

    • EDIS 5000: The Exceptional Learner
    • EDIS 5142: IEP Development and Implementation
    • EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education
    • EDIS 5230: Reading and Writing Instruction for Special Education
    • EDIS 5143: Transition Planning

    *Note: In addition to completing the coursework, students interested in applying for the add-on endorsement must complete a 45 instructional hour teaching practicum with students with disabilities in the general curriculum+ letter on division or school letterhead from a supervisor or administrator who is endorsed in special education-general curriculum, documenting this practicum, OR One year of successful full-time teaching + form (Report on Experience Form in the VDOE Teaching Licensure application) filled out by the appropriate school official noting successful completion.

    Our current course offerings can be found in the Student Information System (SIS) or the Curry course database.

  • Length of Study

    Part Time:

    1. Spring, summer, fall*

    2. Summer, fall, spring*

    3. Fall, spring, summer*

    *Note: This is a suggested sequence. Students will work with an advisor to plan their individuals course of study. Students who start fall or spring may take a fourth semester.

     

  • Funding Opportunities

    Discounted tuition is available for K-12 educators. See this page for more information.

    Tuition and Fees information.

  • Applying for the Endorsement

    Please view this advising guide for more information about adding an endorsement. 

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.