The Exceptional Students & Elementary Education (ESEE) program is one of a small number of truly merged elementary and special education programs in the nation. This program incorporates the principles of Culturally Responsive Teaching, Co-Teaching, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Response to Intervention (RtI), instructional technology, Evidence-Based Practices, and Data-Based Decision Making into every aspect of the curriculum.
Class Type, License, & Certification
TRADITIONAL PROGRAM (face-to-face): Candidates are in field settings or on campus during the regular school day. All courses are co-taught by pairs or teams of faculty. Upon program completion, qualified candidates will be recommended for initial teacher licensure in BOTH elementary (K-6) and special education (K-6). Graduates are prepared to teach in general education classes attended by diverse learners, special education classes attended by students with high-incidence disabilities, and inclusive classes attended by both students with and without disabilities at the elementary level.
Coursework (Two Year Overview)
|Fall (18 credits)||
|Spring (19 credits)||
|Fall 2 (16 credits)||
|Spring 2 (12 credits)||
* Student teaching is full time Monday - Friday
Each semester, candidates will gain field experience in K-6 elementary and special education settings (may include inclusive settings). Candidates have three semesters of field experience and one final semester of student teaching. Coursework is closely linked with field experience and student teaching.