Special Education Degree Answers Nationwide Demand

July 26, 2012

Writer: University News Briefs

In response to a nationwide shortage of special education teachers, the Department of Teacher Education is introducing a Special Education K-12 generalist degree beginning this fall.

The university currently offers a special education degree, which prepares students to work with typically developing children and children with disabilities from birth to age eight. A generalist undergraduate degree will offer certification for teaching special education from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The new degree will provide opportunities for students to participate in two practicum experiences. After completion of these two practicums, they will then be placed for student teaching having had experience at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Prior to being recommended for licensure in this program, special education majors graduating as a generalist must pass two PRA XIS exams and a technology exam. Students who successfully complete all individual course and student teaching requirements will receive institutional recommendation for licensure as a Special Education Generalist Teacher through the Idaho Department of Education. This degree may also serve as a foundation for students to continue to graduate school.

"The need for special educators extends far beyond a career option," said Joyce Anderson, faculty member in the Department of Teacher Education. "It is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and their families, as well as to follow the Savior's example of service to Heavenly Father's children."