Special Education Initial Certification Program
The Special Education with Initial Certification Concentration program is for individuals with baccalaureate degrees who are not certificated teachers, but have professional experience in working with children with disabilities.
Student outcomes for the Special Education Graduate Certificate program are based on the professional standards of the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) located at www.cec.sped.org . Students who complete this program will be able to:
Important Notice about Planning a Practicum or Internship: The CASE application deadline for:
Students applying for an Institutional Recommendation (IR) must have their degree posted before the IR will be issued.
For more information contact:
NOTE: Documentation required in admission steps 3-9, above must be directed to the Counseling and Special Education (CASE) department, in hard copy form or fax.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Completion of the Initial Certification in Special Education involves two Stages – Stage I and Stage II.
Stage I must be completed before beginning Stage II.
Advance Internship PortfolioThe culminating activity for EDSE A695E or EDSE A695S Advanced Internship is a professional portfolio. This portfolio is comprised of artifacts from EDSE A610, EDSE A623, EDSE A624, EDSE A625, EDSE A632, and EDSE A634. The portfolio is based on the 10 special education program standards from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and will be submitted TaskStream
Background CheckA criminal history background clearance is required before the internship. Prior to beginning an internship, candidates who do not currently hold a teaching certificate must obtain a student authorization required by the State of Alaska which includes fingerprinting and a background check. Fingerprint clearance may take up to 6 months to complete so plan on submitting the internship application 2 semesters prior to desired placement. Failure to comply with the requirement, falsification of information, or evidence of a criminal conviction that is named in the law or that the Professional Teaching Practices Commission (PTPC) considers an ethics violation will result in being denied access to field placement in Alaska school districts. If we have not received student authorization departmental approval to register will not be given for any EDSE A695.?
Praxis ExamPass the Praxis II examination in a content area prior to receiving an institutional recommendation for certification. Elementary special education teachers must take one of the Praxis II examinations designated for elementary teachers; middle and high school teachers must take one of the Praxis II examinations in either Math, English, Science, or Social Studies http://www.ets.org/praxis.
Contact the College of Education Student Services at 907-786-4401
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