Available Concentrations

Concentration in Adapted Curriculum (K-12)

This concentration offers required coursework for Virginia teacher licensure in Special Education: Adapted Curriculum.

Concentration in General Curriculum (K-12)

This 33-credit concentration offers required coursework for Virginia teacher licensure to individuals who will be working with students with disabilities who access the general curriculum. The concentration prepares individuals to work with students with disabilities who take Standards of Learning tests (SOLs) or Virginia Grade Level Assessments (VGLA).

Concentration in Visual Impairments Licensure (PK-12)

This 35-credit concentration provides teacher candidates with the tools they need to work with students who are blind and visually impaired, including those who have multiple disabilities and diverse learner characteristics. Candidates will gain skills and knowledge to support students in a variety of settings, including general and special education, in core content, and the Expanded Core Curriculum. This concentration is designed for candidates seeking Virginia initial teacher licensure in visual impairments (PK–12).

Policies

Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate coursework equivalent to certificate coursework prior to admission to this program may request that some courses in this certificate be waived. Students who are eligible to waive coursework must complete a minimum of 15 credits to graduate. Students must earn a B- or better in all coursework.

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: E1-CERG-EDSE

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 33-36

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Students pursuing this graduate certificate may choose from any of the following concentrations:

Concentration in Adapted Curriculum (K-12) (ADCU)

Coursework
EDSE 501Introduction to Special Education3
EDSE 531Transition and Community-Based Instruction3
EDSE 532Positive Behavior Supports3
EDSE 533Assessment and Program Planning for Adapted Curriculum3
EDSE 534Communication and Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 547Characteristics of Students with Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 557Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Learners3
EDSE 661Curriculum and Methods: Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 663Collaborative Teamwork to Support Students with Significant Disabilities3
EDSE 669Individualized Supports and Specialized Care of Students with Severe Disabilities3
6 credits of Internship6
Internship: Adapted Curriculum
Total Credits36

Concentration in General Curriculum (K-12) (GECU)

Coursework
EDSE 501Introduction to Special Education3
EDSE 502Classroom Management and Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDSE 503Language Development and Reading3
EDSE 540Characteristics of Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum3
EDSE 544Adapted Instructional Methods and Transition for Secondary Learners3
EDSE 627Assessment3
EDSE 628Elementary Reading, Curriculum, Strategies for Students Who Access the General Education Curriculum3
EDSE 629Secondary Curriculum and Strategies for Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum3
EDSE 662Consultation and Collaboration3
Six credits of6
Internship: Special Education in General Curriculum 1
Total Credits33

Concentration in Visual Impairments Licensure (PK-12) (VILI)

Coursework
EDAT 522Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments3
EDSE 511Characteristics of Students with Visual Impairments3
EDSE 512Braille Code3
EDSE 513Medical and Educational Implications of Visual Impairments3
EDSE 514Orientation and Mobility for Students with Visual Impairments2
EDSE 518Curriculum and Assessment of Students with Visual Impairments3
EDSE 532Positive Behavior Supports3
EDSE 613Teaching Methods for Students with Visual Impairments3
EDSE 616Braille Reading and Writing3
EDSE 663Collaborative Teamwork to Support Students with Significant Disabilities3
EDSE 785Internship: Visual Impairment (must complete six credits)2-6
Total Credits35