Special Education Teacher Certification

"If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." ~ Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada

The Collaborative Teacher program leads to eligibility for  certification in Special Education at either the elementary or secondary level. The programs focus on teaching ALL students with disabilities in ALL types of educational settings. Student will spend significant periods of time in K-12 grade setting working hands-on with students with disabilities. School experiences will include resource and special class placements as well as inclusion placements. Special education teachers are in high demand and sought out by all local school districts.

 

Collaborative Teacher K-6 Teacher Certification

This program is unique in that it prepares students to be general and special educators in elementary school settings. The program combines practical coursework with extensive field-based experiences. Students completing this program receive a B.S. degree and are eligible for Alabama Elementary Education and Collaborative Teacher (K-6) teacher certifications at the B level.

Collaborative Teacher K-6 Course of Study

Program Progression

Requirements

Students are required to complete 12 semester hours in math, science, social sciences, and English/language arts as part of their general studies requirements. The program is 120 hours long. Satisfactory completion of the program requirements and accompanying tests lead to a recommendation for a Class B Certificate in Collaborative Teaching K-6 and Elementary Education.  


 

Collaborative Teacher 6-12 Teacher Certification

This program is unique in that it prepares students to be special educators in middle and high school settings. The program combines practical coursework with extensive field-based experiences. Students completing this program receive a B.S. degree and are eligible for Alabama Collaborative Teacher (6-12) teacher certifications at the B level.

Collaborative Teacher 6-12 Course of Study

Program Progression

Requirements

Students are required to complete 12 semester hours in math, science, social sciences, and English/language arts as part of their general studies requirements. In addition, students complete 32 hours in a content area (math, general science, social science, or English) to prepare them for the content to be taught in middle or high school settings. The program is 125 hours long. Satisfactory completion of the program requirements and accompanying tests lead to a recommendation for a Class B Certificate in Collaborative Teaching 6-12. 


Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Certification

Individuals completing the K-6 Teacher Education program can add a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Special Education in addition to the Elementary Education and Collaborative Teacher K-6 certifications that are part of the K-6 Teacher Education program. In order to be recommended for the Early Childhood Special Education certificate, students take 2 additional classes (EDU 432 and EDU 433) and an internship (EDU 497). These additional requirements can be completed in one semester, if desired.

Early Childhood Special Education Course of Study


Academic Advisor:          

Abigail Baxter, Ph.D.
Special Education
Ph: (251) 380-2767
abaxter@southalabama.edu