This concentration is for teachers who are passionate about Special Education and seek more specialized training to help their diverse students with special needs.
Furman offers two tracks for the Special Education concentration: the Learning Disability Track and the Emotional & Behavioral Disorders Track.
These programs include preparation for special education through courses dealing with the nature of a specific disability and the related practica. Teachers who are pursuing this degree learn even more specialized intervention techniques and strategies to deal appropriately with children with special needs. The final practicum allows students to apply their skills and knowledge in a real-world setting.
This concentration is for teachers who have already met South Carolina Department of Education requirements for certification in elementary education. Secondary teachers may also complete this program by completing a course in teaching mathematics at the elementary level.
*Must be the final course completed in the degree program.
To complete this program, students must show evidence of a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II exam.
The add-on certification master’s with this concentration is limited to the students completing the bachelor’s degree at Furman enrolled in the five-year extended program. Recent Furman graduates pursuing initial teacher certification, who have satisfactorily completed all senior block courses (including the practicum experience) and are eligible to enroll in EDEP-670 Teaching Internship, may gain provisional graduate admission for study in the summer term, prior to the completion of the teaching internship which leads to initial certification. Once initial certification is granted, students will be allowed to continue to be enrolled in graduate-level courses.
Dr. Judy Stuart is an associate professor and the coordinator of special education programs for the Education Department. Dr. Stuart also coordinates programs and advises students seeking an education major without certification as preparation for non-teaching fields. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Louisiana Tech University and a master’s and Ph.D. in special education from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Stuart has been actively involved in working with professionals in special education and other related service providers with particular interests centered on children with special needs and their families. She shares her passion through involvement in the community and in projects with Furman students.
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