Educators specializing in Learning Disabilities (LD) learn to instruct and evaluate a range of K-12 learners, from those who are emergent in basic skills through transition-based learners preparing for postsecondary life. These experts support both cognitive and emotional development for children, teenagers and adults to succeed in school and the community. In this program, you will learn:
|License & MA|
License: New Teachers: 40-44 | Current Teachers: 26-30
For the License:
SPED 750 Survey of Exceptionality
CIED 500 Principles of Educational Research
Ongoing Professional Development
The Department of Special Education and Gifted Education offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities throughout the year. Whether networking with leaders in the field at the annual Education for Everyone Event series or simply catching up on the latest tools and techniques in gifted and talented education at the biennial Gifted Education Conference, the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling provides lifelong learning opportunities. Most events include a CEU component. In addition to annual events, the department offers specialized summer institutes in the area of Supervising Paraprofessionals, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Twice Exceptional Education.
Mentored Clinical Practice
The dedicated faculty in the Special Education and Gifted Education programs will work with you to ensure that your clinical practice experience (student teaching) will meet your needs and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time student teaching, regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter the field and have a positive impact on K-12 students.
The College of Education, Leadership & Counseling takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working with these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.