Please note the requirement of an additional math course for elementary and special education majors.
III. Advanced Writing: Special Education Student Teaching (54-483) fulfills the advanced writing requirement for majors.
IV. Students complete 125 hours of field experience as part of the coursework in the Special Education Program. All students must successfully pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test before they will be allowed to take education methods courses. Clinical courses include: Foundations of Teaching and Learning (54-242) (25 hours), Special Education Clinical Experience II (54-300) (50 hours) and Special Education Clinical Experience III (54-400) (50 hours). A 2.75 GPA is required for all methods and clinical courses. Assignment to the clinical sites is arranged by the College of Education. Experiences are designed to include public school sites, with a variety of experiences in integrated and segregated special education programs in both elementary and secondary settings. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to clinical sites. Clinical hours completed at other institutions will be evaluated by the Department Chair to determine whether or not the hours can be transferred.
* See Combined Special Education and Elementary Education major for possible additional certification in elementary education.
V. Student Teaching
All students must successfully complete the appropriate State of Illinois Test in their content area before they will be allowed to student teach. Application for admission to Student Teaching must be filed by December 1, each year. Procedures and requirements for admission to student teaching are published in the Student Guide for Initial Teacher Certification Programs. This publication is available in the College of Education office. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation while student teaching. Only one additional course may be taken concurrently with student teaching. Official documentation of a negative TB test must be filed prior to student teaching.