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Special Education Professional Endorsement

The Special Education Endorsement program is designed for educators who have or are eligible for Virginia Elementary/Secondary Initial or Continuing teaching licensure.

The program will provide coherent preparation in all areas of the Special Education curriculum including field experience. Successful completion of the entire program meets current eligibility requirements for an endorsement in Special Education General Curriculum grades K-12. Incorporating the standards of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Virginia Department of Education (DOE), this program will expand the candidate’s teaching skills and will help the candidate make a significant and positive impact on struggling students in the General Curriculum K-12.



Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.

NOTE: Students are cautioned to work closely with their advisors in planning their studies since some courses have prerequisites and are sequenced to begin with the fall semester.


Program Requirements

Following is a list of the minimum required courses. For each prospective candidate with a degree and licensure to teach in Virginia, the program coordinator will conduct an individual review of prior coursework and identify a list of additional specific classes to be completed for the endorsement. Prior to completing the program and receiving the endorsement, students must show evidence of at least one course in the teaching of reading and one course in the teaching of mathematics. In addition, the candidate must complete at least 225 clock hours (3 credit hours) of graduate professional experience at an approved school/classroom in the final semester of the program.

  • SPED 515 Survey of Exceptional Children (3)
  • SPED 520 Language Development and Language Disorders (3)
  • SPED 525 Evidence Based Language Arts Instruction (3)
  • SPED 540 Curriculum & Methods for Exceptional Learners: General Curriculum (3)
  • SPED 545 Psychoeducational Assessment (3)
  • SPED 565 Behavior Management (3)
  • SPED 682 Collaboration in the School, Home, and Community (3)
  • SPED 693 Graduate Professional Semester for Licensed Teachers (3)



Program Coordinator

Dr. Christopher Jones

Associate Professor
Hull 258