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Mild-to-Moderate K-12 Special Education Add-On Endorsement

Approximately one-in-five PreK-12 students in the United States receive special education services. Meeting the needs of these diverse learners requires qualified teachers with specialized understandings of this population and the knowledge and skills to properly support them.  This series of special education courses is designed to help teachers meet the needs of students with disabilities and to increase the pipeline of qualified educators to teach these students.

In order to be eligible for the special education add-on licensure, teachers must already be licensed to teach in the state of Louisiana. Teachers who are not licensed may take the courses and be granted the endorsement from Tulane, but will not be eligible for the special education license.

To receive more information on our Special Education Add-On Endorsement, please email Kelly McClure.

Special Education Courses Offered

Through our Special Education Add-On Endorsement, teachers grow their practice and skills and expand their career options. The endorsement includes the courses needed to earn Mild-to-Moderate K-12 Special Education Add-On Endorsement. Our program is designed to:

  • Provide teachers with in-depth knowledge and skills needed to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • Provide teachers with additional opportunities to advance their learning and expand their career options within the high-demand and high-need area of special education.
  • Create a flexible, rigorous special education talent pipeline that helps to address the special education teacher shortage at the local, regional and national levels.

COURSE & CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

 

Schedule of Courses

The courses are offered online to ensure high-quality, rigorous training as well as flexibility and accessibility for those currently working in the field. We offer a Summer Institute for two of the TEL courses. The 2021 Summer Institute schedule is:

Summer I: June 7–July 2
Summer II: July 5–July 29

One course will be offered each session. Courses will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00 P.M.–6:30 P.M., with additional asynchronous course time.

 

Our Rationale

Approximately one-in-five PreK-12 students in the United States receive special education services. Meeting the needs of students with learning differences requires qualified teachers who have developed the specialized knowledge and skills to support students' individual needs. The shortage of educators with special education training and credentials at the local, regional and national levels is growing. For Tulane students who are enrolled in the add-on endorsement path of the education program, these courses offer the opportunity to earn an initial teaching license concurrently with the special education endorsement. For Tulane students on a non-certification education track, it expands the available course offerings to better prepare them for a range of careers within the education sector. The course series also offers practicing teachers an opportunity to grow their pedagogical practices and advance their careers.

Teacher's Program Presentation

Learn From Leaders in the Classroom

Our special education endorsement is designed for teachers by teachers and experts in the field. Our Special Education Advisory Board includes representation from a broad spectrum of experts and stakeholders in the field: special education teachers, special education coordinators, parents, advocates, nonprofit-support organizations, students with learning differences, school psychologists and those working in special education policy. This team of passionate experts is helping us craft a relevant, rigorous, high-impact learning experience for teachers which will equip them to meet the needs of all students. Our classes are taught by practitioners with experience working with and for students with disabilities.

 

Praxis Requirement

The Praxis is a national licensure exam developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and required by a variety of states. Teachers seeking special education add-on licensure will need to take the following exam:

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (5543)

Special Education PathWay Admission Requirements

To apply for the Mild-to-Moderate K-12 Special Education Add-On Endorsement, students must have earned a Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

Students should select the undergraduate application form, as we charge tuition for these courses at the undergraduate rate.

Special Education PathWay Requirements

Special Education candidates are required to complete 18 hours of coursework including field components.

K-5 Mild-to-moderate Special Education Add-on Certification Required Courses

EDUC 5500 Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Disabilities 3
EDUC 5510 Collaborative Teaming 3
EDUC 5520 Instructional Practices in Special Education 3
EDUC 5530 Reading and Literacy 3
EDUC 5540 Behavior Support and Intervention 3
EDUC 5560 Fundamentals of Instructional Technology 3
  Total 18

 

Grades 6-12 Mild-to-moderate Special Education Add-on Certification Required Courses

EDUC 5500 Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Disabilities 3
EDUC 5510 Collaborative Teaming 3
EDUC 5520 Instructional Practices in Special Education 3
EDUC 5530 Reading and Literacy 3
EDUC 5550 Self-Determination and Transition 3
EDUC 5560 Fundamentals of Instructional Technology 3
  Total 18

 

Tuition & Fees

We offer a 20% discount to full-time teachers and paraprofessionals, including classroom assistants and assistant teachers. With the discount, all six courses within the Special Ed endorsement can be completed for $8,300.

Information about SoPA tuition and fees may be found here.