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Special Education Endorsement

 


Why a Special Education Endorsement?


Students learn in a wide variety of ways. For special needs students, an effective learning environment can look very different from a standard classroom. Learning Behavior Specialists ensure that every child is given the tools they need to succeed academically, socially, and on a personal level. You too can make a lasting, positive change in a special needs student’s life when you earn your Special Education Endorsement from McKendree University.

McKendree’s graduate program leading to a Special Education Endorsement combines theory and practical experience to prepare you for a career as a Learning Behavior Specialist. You’ll learn from our skilled faculty, whose real-world experience working in Special Education gives you a firsthand glimpse into this fulfilling career field. The Special Education Endorsement is geared toward teachers holding a current professional educator license.

 

 


Curriculum Requirements


The following courses are offered for the Special Education Endorsement:

SPE 405/505 - Instruction of Diverse Learners (3 hours)

SPE 690 - Characteristics of Students with Disabilities (3 hours)

SPE 592 - Assessment and Progress Monitoring in Special Education (3 hours)

SPE 594 - Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities (3 hours)

SPE 594B - Field Experience III (0 hours)


In order to receive the Special Education Endorsement, you must meet the following criteria:

    • Current Professional Educator License

    • Completion of coursework in the below areas:


      • Survey of the Exceptional Child

      • General Characteristics of Children with Disabilities within the LBS 1 scope

      • General Methods for Teaching Children with Disabilities within the LBS 1 scope

      • Psychological Assessment of Children with Disabilities with the LBS 1 scope

    • Passing score on Learning Behavior Specialist Test (LBS 1)

    • Completion of any deficiencies in tests or coursework

 

 

 

Format


McKendree’s Special Education Endorsement classes are offered in both eight-week and 16-week formats. Specifically designed for teachers, they enable you to swiftly meet your educational goals while managing a full-time teaching job.

 

 


Admission Requirements

 

McKendree University admits students who present evidence of their potential to complete graduate level work. Applicants are considered on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion. The following documentation is required for consideration of admission:

1. A completed graduate admission application (no fee).

2. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those sent from institution to institution.


All students taking endorsement coursework will be classified as non-degree seeking. Alternative loan options are available, but Federal Financial Aid, as a non-degree seeking, does not qualify.

  

 


Next Step...

Contact your student service specialist below and get details on the admission process and our next start date. 


Photo of Sarah FordSarah Ford

Student Services Specialist
(618) 537-6898
ssford@mckendree.edu 

 

 

 


Key Faculty


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Dr. Allison Fahsl

Chair, School of Education
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 202
(618) 537-6485
ajfahsl@mckendree.edu

 


Photo of Dr. Karee NasserDr. Karee Nasser

Piper Academic Center (PAC) 207
(618) 537-6552
konasser@mckendree.edu

 

 

 

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