Graduate Emphasis in Multi-categorical Special Education
Fairmont State University (FSU) offers a Graduate Emphasis in Multi-categorical Special Education. The purpose of this emphasis is to permit teachers, with an existing certification, to acquire an additional certification. Candidates, enrolled prior to January 1, 2006, are required to complete the 21/24 graduate credit emphasis as part of FSU’s existing Master of Education degree. Candidates enrolled after January 1, 2006 are required to complete a 27 hour program of study for the special education endorsement.
- To prepare candidates to meet the students assigned to multi-categorical special education programs,
- To deliver a certification program that is multi-categorical in nature and not disability specific,
- To deliver a program that stresses the interactive nature between the learning and behavior problems that students experience,
- To make a significant impact on bringing area special education teachers to full-qualification,
- To deliver the curriculum through a combination of face-to-face and web-based instruction,
- To provide pragmatic clinical experiences that stress positive impact on learning and behavior problems,
- To prepare candidates to pass the necessary certification tests, and
- To provide mentoring and follow-up activities for graduates.
Candidates who wish to pursue a 36 hour Masters of Education degree with an endorsement in Special Education should consult with their advisor to construct a program of study.
Program outcomes are based upon the Council for Exceptional Children Professional Standards.
The curriculum will be delivered through a combination of face-to-face and web-based instruction.