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Special Education Add-on Certifications

Many licensed teachers are interested in earning an additional license in special education. At Coastal Carolina University, licensed teachers and undergraduate teacher candidates in other program areas can earn additional licensure in Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, or Severe Disabilities. Licensed teachers complete designated graduate special education coursework as a non-degree graduate student. Undergraduate teacher candidates with excellent academic records who have senior status may be eligible to complete a maximum of 12 graduate credits prior to completing an undergraduate degree via CCU’s Transitional Studies opportunity. Students can select graduate courses that will prepare them for an additional license. ‌

 

Admission Requirements

Special Education Add-on Certifications

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 in one selected concentration, from the following: Emotional Disabilities Add-On Licensure, Intellectual Disabilites Add-On Licensure, Learning Disabilities Add-On Licsensure, Severe Disabilities Add-On Licensure
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

* EDSP 692 Foundations and Services for Exceptional Learners

3

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

3

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

3

EDSP 645 Literacy Instruction for English Learners and Students with High Incidence Disabilities (3)

3

EDSP 640 Behavior Management

3

EDSP 641 Comprehensive Assessment for Exceptional Learners

3

**EDSP 697 Practicum in Special Education

3

Intellectual Disabilities Add-on Licensure

Required Courses

Hours

* EDSP 692 Foundations and Services for Exceptional Learners

3

EDSP 680 Characteristics of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

3

EDSP 681 Methods for Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities

3

EDSP 645 Literacy Instruction for English Learners and Students with High Incidence Disabilities(3)

3

EDSP 640 Behavior Management

3

EDSP 641 Comprehensive Assessment for Exceptional Learners

3

**EDSP 697 Practicum in Special Education

3

Learning Disabilities Add-on Licensure

Required Courses

Hours

* EDSP 692 Foundations and Services for Exceptional Learners

3

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

3

EDSP 691 Instructional Procedures for Students with Learning Disabilities

3

EDSP 645 Literacy Instruction for English Learners and Students with High Incidence Disabilities(3)

3

EDSP 640 Behavior Management

3

EDSP 641 Comprehensive Assessment for Exceptional Learners

3

**EDSP 697 Practicum in Special Education

3

Severe Disabilities Add-on Licensure

Required Courses

Hours

* EDSP 692 Foundations and Services for Exceptional Learners

3

EDSP 610 Characteristics of Students with Severe Disabilities

3

EDSP 615 Instruction of Students with Severe Disabilities

3

EDSPE 620 Language and Communication Skills for Students with Severe Disabilities

3

EDSP 640 Behavior Management

3

EDSP 641 Comprehensive Assessment for Exceptional Learners

3

** EDSP 697 Practicum in Special Education

3

 

Information

Jamia Richmond, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Special Education
Prince Building 105B
jrichmon@coastal.edu

Amy Finelli
Administrative Specialist - Foundations, Curriculum & Instruction
Prince Building 111
843-349-2604
afinelli@coastal.edu