Why Should You Become a Special Educator?
If you value:
- The dignity and worth of all individuals
- Social justice, inclusiveness, and diversity
- Professional excellence, integrity, and accountability
- Rich and meaningful participation in society for all individuals with exceptionalities
- Effective individualized education for all individuals with exceptionalities
- The importance of families in the lives and education of all individuals with exceptionalities
- Collaboration and community building to improve outcomes
Then you should consider pursuing Special Education at LCSC.
You can join the Idaho Council for Exceptional Children, LCSC Student Chapter. Active members can attend the state conference in Sun Valley Idaho every October, The Tools for Life Secondary Transition and Technology Fair in Idaho, and the National Council for Exceptional Children Conference.
PLUS… An excellent chance of being hired right out of school.
Special Education: Paraprofessional to Teacher
The Collaborative Online Paraeducator-to-Teacher Alternate Route has been approved to start in January 2008. At the present time, it will be offered as a one-time opportunity, with the possibility of continuing in the future if there is sufficient interest in the program. Twenty-eight Idaho paraeducators will be selected to participate in a one-time cohort of students, with seven candidates selected by each of the four participating institutions: Boise State University, Idaho State University, Lewis Clark State College, and University of Idaho. We are looking for qualified candidates who have a commitment to completing the program within four years. Interested paraeducators are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.
Special Education Minor and Standard Exceptional Child Certificate With Generalist Endorsement, Grades K-12
The Special Education Program prepares generalists rather than specialists in any one area of special education. The Exceptional Child Certificate enables a special education teacher to work with students with special and individual needs in grades K-12. This certificate allows teachers to work in a resource program or through inclusion in a regular classroom.
Students interested in the Exceptional Child Certificate must integrate the special education courses and internship into their elementary or secondary teacher education program. Teacher candidates must also complete certification in either elementary or secondary education. The Special Education Program may be integrated with a Literacy minor. Students must pass both Praxis II exams.
It is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4… Four additional courses in the Elementary Education Program plus a field experience.
You are already required to take 13 elective credits and it only takes 12 to obtain your special education certification.
SE 332 Individualized Assessment (3) with SE 335 Field Experience (1)
SE 333 Individualized Instruction (3)
SE 334 Individualized Motivation (3)
SE 477 Consulting with Parents and Professionals (2)
Plus a shared internship experience
Early Childhood Special Education
This Special Education Program prepares individuals to work with young children with special and individual needs in K-12 school and early childhood settings. This program prepares generalist not specialists in any one area. Students interested in this minor will need to integrate the special education courses into their program and complete a 6 credit internship. Courses should be taken in order listed. Minor does not lead to K-12 Special Education Certification.