About the Program
At Westminster, you get the advantage of earning your degree and teaching license while learning the Council for Exceptional Children’s 22 high-leverage practices. These practices are research-based and known to foster student engagement and learning.
What You'll Learn
- Develop the foundational skills that lead to great teaching, such as advocacy and inclusion.
- Develop a knowledge of evidence-based strategies for teaching, assessing student learning, and collaborating with families.
- Learn the Council for Exceptional Children’s 22 high-leverage practices in special education that can be used to leverage student learning across different content areas, grade levels, and student abilities and disabilities.
- Gain extensive clinical practice with students.
Plan of Study
Upon successful completion of the Special Education program, you are recommended for licensure and will be able to earn a K–12 Special Education teaching license with an endorsement in mild/moderate disabilities. Generally, this license/endorsement authorizes a teacher to work with students from kindergarten through age 22. The Utah State Board of Education grants teaching licenses.
Elementary Education Major with Special Education Minor
The Special Education program can also be taken as a minor. Many students take the Special Education program as a minor with the Elementary Education program, rather than as a major. Upon successful completion of the Elementary Education program and special education minor, you are recommended for licensure and will be able to earn an elementary education teaching license and an endorsement in K–12 mild/moderate disabilities.
Admittance to Program
You must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program prior to enrolling in any special education course except SPED 303. All coursework will be planned with your advisor.
Special education majors must have an academic or teaching content minor. Minors you might choose to pursue include psychology, sociology, or others. Your minor, including credits transferred for a minor, must be approved by the School of Education dean or the Special Education program director.
You will complete student teaching during your final semester after passing the Praxis Test. This will allow you to get extensive hands-on practice working in a classroom—a valuable experience that allows you to become a thoughtful and reflective practitioner, observe and practice teaching methods, explore what it means to be a teacher, and establish professional connections.
Liberal Education Courses
You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.
Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods K–6
Explore the current research on best practices regarding curriculum and instruction for students with mild-to-moderate disabilities in K–6 settings. In this course, you will learn to apply interventions that assist students with learning difficulties in reading, math, and written and oral expression. You will also learn to use instructional and assistive technologies to enhance the learning of students with disabilities and will be required to spend 15 hours in a field placement.
Mild/Moderate Special Education Methods 7–12
Explore the current research regarding methods to serve students with disabilities in the general education classroom. In this course, you will learn to apply learning strategies to reading, writing, mathematics, and study skills. You will also develop transition programs to enhance student learning and learn to use instructional and assistive technologies to enhance the learning of students with disabilities. As a part of this course, you will be required to spend 15 hours in a field placement.