Special Education Program (M.Ed.)
The ongoing teacher shortage in the area of Special Education in the United States and around the world is a continuing challenge. The Special Education program counteracts this challenge by providing quality teacher training in a manner that accommodates teachers who are immersed in the complexities of today’s adult work schedules and family responsibilities. The Special Education program utilizes online study and advanced technology to present research-based strategies and current best practices, and graduates of the Special Education program are not only highly qualified but also better prepared to facilitate the academic achievement of their students.
- Steps to Initial Licensure (For students not currently employed by a Virginia school division.)
- Steps to Licensure Upgrade (For students currently employed by a Virginia school division.)
- Students will be required to take and pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) Assessment, and the Child Abuse and Neglect Training prior to receiving their degree and being recommended for licensure/endorsement.
- Participation in field experiences and final projects is contingent upon successfully demonstrating key competencies, which will be outlined during student orientation.
- The State of Virginia requires a minimum of three years of general teaching experience in which reading is of primary importance in order to earn the reading specialist endorsement. Candidates for the Reading Specialist endorsement are required to take and pass the Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist (RVE-RS) Assessment prior to receiving the degree and being recommended for licensure/endorsement.
- Highly Qualified Teachers in Virginia