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Special Education Add-on Certifications

The Spadoni College of Education offers fully online coursework for licensed educators who want to add an endorsement in Emotional Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities or Severe Disabilities to an existing license and qualify for teacher licensure by the South Carolina Department of Education. Coursework provides an in-depth study of characteristics and research-based methods of instruction in the area of focus, behavior management, and assessment. By completing the required courses, educators will have satisfied the coursework requirements for licensure in their chosen area of focus.

Special Education Add-on Licensure

To qualify for add-on endorsement in special education, the South Carolina State Department of Education has the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Initial or professional certification at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary or preK-12 level
  • Minimum qualifying score(s) on the content area examination(s) required by the State Board of Education
  • Specialized preparation: Six or seven graduate courses as shown below; choose one concentration

 

Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements 

Admission requirements for Special Education Add-on Certifications:

  • Completion of the application form and payment of the $45 application fee.
  • Transcripts: You must submit an official transcript from every institution you have attended. Receipt of a baccalaureate or any higher degree must be clearly indicated on the transcript from the awarding institution. Official transcripts are those sent by the registrar of a college or a university directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. The Office of Graduate Studies does not order transcripts from any institution.
  • Teaching license: Copy of current teaching license
  • Official Scores: No tests are required for admission to add-on certification program.
  • Application Deadlines
    The Office of Graduate Studies admits non-degree students on a rolling basis. However, course registrations typically fill well in advance of each session. Prospective students are therefore encouraged to complete the non-degree application process at least two weeks prior to ensure course availability.
Program Coursework

Program Coursework

EDSP 610 Characteristics of Learners with Severe Disabilities (3)
This course explores basic concepts and issues that pertain to persons with severe disabilities including those with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and multiple disabilities who exhibit extensive or pervasive support needs. Psychological, historical, medical, and sociological implications of this disability are addressed.

EDSP 615 Instruction of Students with Severe Disabilities (3)
This course focuses on current best practices in curriculum and methods for students with severe disabilities. Specific strategies for teaching students with severe disabilities, general strategies for working with diverse groups of students in inclusive settings, and methods for adapting the general education curriculum to include students with severe disabilities are addressed.

EDSP 620 Language and Communication Skills for Students with Severe Disabilities (3)
This course introduces augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for students with severe speech and language impairments. Specific procedures for assessing the potential AAC user, designing instruction focused on building and expanding communication, and promoting choice-making and social interaction are addressed.

EDSP 640 Behavior Management (3)
This course provides a critical analysis of behavior management theories, evidence-based disciplinary practices, and applications that foster an environment conducive to learning. Course emphasizes identification, analysis, etiology, and intervention strategies for the management, prevention, and pre-correction of inappropriate behaviors exhibited by students with disabilities, with an emphasis on positive behavior supports (PBS). Research of legal and ethical practices included.

EDSP 641 Comprehensive Assessment for Exceptional Learners (3)
Covers the use and interpretation of formal and informal diagnostics tests and procedures calculated to determine instructional levels and procedures for exceptional learners. Content includes statistical and psychometric concepts in assessment including norm-referenced, criterion-referenced, and curriculum-based measurement, and informal testing. Emphasis is on interpretation for instruction, eligibility determination, placement decisions, and report writing.

EDSP 670 Characteristics of Learners with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders (3)
This course covers theories and specific conditions in the area of emotional and behavior disabilities. Participants will study the impact of learning and behavioral differences on academic and social/emotional performances. Diversity within student populations is addressed throughout the course. Experiential, observational, interactive strategies, and technological advances are used to facilitate course outcomes. 

EDSP 671 Methods for Teaching Learners with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders (3)
Provides knowledge of instruction programming to improve outcomes for students with emotional/behavioral disabilities across all grade levels by focusing on evidence-based strategies/methods, issues and supports needed for success in general and special education environments, and the affective, social, and academic needs of students.

EDSP 680 Characteristics of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (3)
This course is an in-depth study of the unique learning and behavioral characteristics of individuals with intellectual disabilities, ranging in age from preschool to adult, with a focus on mild to moderate disabilities. Topics include historical development of the field of intellectual disabilities (mental retardation); theoretical models; etiological factors; cognitive, social, emotional, behavioral, and physical/health characteristics; models of assessment and intervention, including technological advances; transition programs and services; community programs and provisions; issues and trends, including legislation and litigation; and the impact of intellectual disabilities on academic and social/emotional performance.

EDSP 681 Methods for Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities (3)
Course provides educators with interventions to address the comprehensive needs of students with intellectual disabilities in various settings.  Emphasizes the application of evidence-based practices for teaching students with intellectual disabilities in the general and functional curriculum. Includes analysis and application of programs and services, legislation, research, inclusive education, transition services, and instructional supports for persons with intellectual disabilities. Field based assignments are required.

EDSP 690 Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD): Nature and Needs (3)
This course provides a critical analysis of foundation knowledge of Specific Learning Disabilities, including the history, theoretical base, legal aspects, terminology, etiology, definitions, medical aspects, and approaches to identification and intervention. Professional literature reviews and experiences in schools required.

EDSP 691 Instructional Procedures for Students with Learning Disabilities (3)
Provides knowledge of instructional procedures to improve outcomes for individuals with learning disabilities. Applies research on teacher effectiveness, instructional approaches, and current issues and needs in instructional programming for students with LD. Content includes curriculum design, instructional strategies for basic academic skills in reading, language arts, and mathematics; study skills and adaptations for science and social studies; motivation; and peer-mediated instruction. Experiences in schools and applied research projects required.

EDSP 692 Foundations and Services for Exceptional Learners (3)
This course presents an overview of exceptionalities of children and youth as well as curricular and instructional modifications or accommodations that may be needed to meet their needs in the general education classroom. The philosophical and historical foundations of special education, current trends and issues in service delivery, federal and state laws, court cases, and regulations for special education programs are addressed.

EDSP 697 Practicum in Special Education (3)
Supervised field experience requiring a minimum of 60 hours of special education services provided to early childhood to high school students with disabilities in the chosen concentration area. Related seminars address timely issues in special education; integrating research-based practices in the classroom; and community resources.

Add-On Licensures

Emotional Disabilities Add-on Licensure

Required Courses

Hours

Semester Offered

* EDSP 692 Foundations and Services for Exceptional Learners

3

Fall, Spring, Summer I

EDSP 670 Characteristics of Learners with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders

3

Summer I

EDSP 671 Methods/Procedures for Learners with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

3

Summer II

EDSP 640 Behavior Management

3

Fall, Spring, Summer II

EDSP 641 Comprehensive Assessment for Exceptional Learners

3

Spring, Summer I

**EDSP 697 Practicum in Special Education

3

Fall, Spring

Intellectual Disabilities Add-on Licensure

Required Courses

Hours

Semester Offered

* EDSP 692 Foundations and Services for Exceptional Learners

3

Fall, Spring, Summer I

EDSP 680 Characteristics of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

3

Fall, Summer I

EDSP 681 Methods for Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities

3

Spring, Summer II

EDSP 640 Behavior Management

3

Spring, Summer II

EDSP 641 Comprehensive Assessment for Exceptional Learners

3

Spring, Summer I

**EDSP 697 Practicum in Special Education

3

Fall, Spring

Learning Disabilities Add-on Licensure

Required Courses

Hours

Semester Offered

* EDSP 692 Foundations and Services for Exceptional Learners

3

Fall, Spring, Summer I

EDSP 690 Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD): Nature and Needs

3

Fall, Summer I

EDSP 691 Instructional Procedures for Students with Learning Disabilities

3

Spring, Summer II

EDSP 640 Behavior Management

3

Spring, Summer II

EDSP 641 Comprehensive Assessment for Exceptional Learners

3

Spring, Summer I

**EDSP 697 Practicum in Special Education

3

Fall, Spring

Severe Disabilities Add-on Licensure

Required Courses

Hours

Semester Offered

* EDSP 692 Foundations and Services for Exceptional Learners

3

Fall, Spring, Summer I

EDSP 610 Characteristics of Students with Severe Disabilities

3

Summer I

EDSP 615 Instruction of Students with Severe Disabilities

3

Summer II

EDSPE 620 Language and Communication Skills for Students with Severe Disabilities

3

Spring

EDSP 640 Behavior Management

3

Spring, Summer II

EDSP 641 Comprehensive Assessment for Exceptional Learners

3

Spring, Summer I

** EDSP 697 Practicum in Special Education

3 Fall, Spring

*EDSP 692 may be waived for candidates who have taken Introduction to Special Education or its equivalent at the undergraduate or graduate level

**Practicum experience based on individual program of study established by institution. Those who are currently teaching may arrange the practicum in their current placement or as a stand-alone experience. Practicum may be waived based on two years' successful experience teaching in the relevant disability area.

Guided by the Spadoni College of Education's Conceptual Framework and Mission Statement, the Early Childhood Education Program is committed to providing high quality experiences for both pre-service and practicing teachers that lead to the development of the philosophical, theoretical, and experiential knowledge required of all early childhood educators. The programmatic goal is to develop early childhood educators who are able to effectively teach, serve, and act on behalf of the diverse needs and well-being of all young children.