The integrated elementary education and special education program is a professional preparation program that gives learners an in-depth understanding of disabilities and knowledge of the developmental, academic, and social needs of elementary school-age children.
Students learn through a planned sequence of coursework, independent study, field observations, student teaching, conferences, lectures, and other educational experiences.
Field placements are with children with disabilities and children in general education classrooms.
In our Integrated Elementary Special Education Program, students can earn two certifications in four years, which significantly opens doors to more career options.
Upon successful completion of course work and specified Praxis II national examinations and the recommendation of the University, students are eligible for Connecticut teacher certification in special education (grades 1-12) and elementary education (grades 1-6).
Accreditation and State of Connecticut Certification Certification programs in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, including our integrated elementary education and special education program, are approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as well as the State of Connecticut Department of Education. The Educational Testing Service's Praxis II exam is utilized for certification of teachers in Connecticut. See pass rate report.