Special Education K-12 Postbaccalaureate Certificate of Completion

Prepares K-12 special educators at the graduate level with specific training in the areas of disabilities, assessment, interventions strategies, current law and the implementation of programs including development of legally defensible federal IDEA documents.

Graduates will have mastery of the Council for Exceptional Children standards for special education teachers: learner development and individual learning differences, learning environments, curricular content knowledge, assessment, instructional planning and strategies, professional learning and ethical practice and collaboration. The program will provide individuals who already possess, or are eligible for, a current Alaska teaching certificate or a bachelor’s degree and the necessary prerequisites, with specific training in the area of special education. The program prepares K-12 special education teachers who can effectively understand state and national education issues and respond appropriately. Special education candidates will progress through a series of developmentally sequenced field experiences for all ages, types and levels of abilities, including collaborative opportunities.

The program provides development in collaboration/consultation models and program development in multicultural settings. Completion of this program meets requirements for Alaska licensure as a K-12 special education teacher.

Admissions Requirements for Certified Teachers

  • Complete the following admission requirements:
  1. Admission requirements for the graduate program.
  2. Current teaching certificate or equivalent course work towards an Alaska teaching certificate.

Prerequisite: EDSE F482 or comparable transfer course from another institution

Admissions Requirements for Initial Certification

  1. Complete the following admission requirements:
    1. Admission requirements for the graduate program.
    2. Baccalaureate degree along with the following prerequisites:
      1. Documented recent experience (minimum 12 hours) in an educational setting with children experiencing disabilities.
      2. Submit ACT, SAT or GRE scores.
      3. UAF prerequisite courses or comparable transfer courses:
        ED F245Child Development3
        Select one of the following:3
        Introduction to Education
        Introduction to Secondary Education
        Foundations of Modern Educational Practice
        Foundations of Education in Alaska: From Segregation to Standards
        EDSE F482Inclusive Classrooms for All Children3
      4. An Alaska studies course approved by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. See http://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/.
      5. A multicultural education/cross-cultural communication course approved by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. See http://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/.
      6. Passing scores on the Praxis Academic Skills for Educators (or Praxis I) or another test acceptable to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development before or during the first semester of classes. Current test numbers and minimum scores can be found at www.eed.state.ak.us/teacherscertification/prof.html.
      7. Passing scores on the appropriate Praxis II Exam(s) required before entering EDSE F678. Current test numbers and minimum scores can be found at www.eed.state.ak.us/teacherscertification/prof.html. Candidates should consult the employing school district to determine preferred tests based on teaching assignment.
  2. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum final grade of B. Once the admission requirements, prerequisite courses and testing requirements have been met, applicants will be formally admitted to the program.

Program Requirements for Certified Teachers

Minimum Requirements for Certification: 24 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
Program Requirements
EDSE F610Assessment of Students with Disabilities3
EDSE F612Curriculum, Management and Strategies I: Low Incidence3
EDSE F622Curriculum, Management and Strategies II: High Incidence3
EDSE F625Teaching Mathematics to Special Learners3
EDSE F632Special Education Law: Principles and Practices3
EDSE F677English Language Arts Assessment, Curriculum and Strategies for Special Learners3
EDSE F680Special Education Clinical Practice 1,23
Electives
Select one of the following:3
Early Childhood Special Education
Social/Emotional Development, Assessment and Intervention
Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities: Communication and Social Interventions
Culturally Responsive Collaboration: Working with Parents, Colleagues and Paraprofessionals
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities: Sensory and Behavioral Interventions
Understanding FASD: Diagnosis, Intervention and Strategies
Total Credits24
1

Additional fee required. Charges are added to fee statements every semester.

2

Students pursuing a K-12 special education certificate must complete clinical practice in a public school setting.

Program Requirements for Initial Certification

Minimum Requirements for Certification: 27 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
Program Requirements
EDSE F610Assessment of Students with Disabilities3
EDSE F612Curriculum, Management and Strategies I: Low Incidence3
EDSE F622Curriculum, Management and Strategies II: High Incidence3
EDSE F625Teaching Mathematics to Special Learners3
EDSE F632Special Education Law: Principles and Practices3
EDSE F677English Language Arts Assessment, Curriculum and Strategies for Special Learners3
EDSE F678Special Education Clinical Practice: Initial3
EDSE F680Special Education Clinical Practice 1,23
Electives
Select one of the following:3
Early Childhood Special Education
Social/Emotional Development, Assessment and Intervention
Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities: Communication and Social Interventions
Culturally Responsive Collaboration: Working with Parents, Colleagues and Paraprofessionals
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities: Sensory and Behavioral Interventions
Understanding FASD: Diagnosis, Intervention and Strategies
Total Credits27
1

Additional fee required. Charges are added to fee statements every semester.

2

Students pursuing a K-12 special education certificate must complete a clinical practice in a public school setting.

Note: Students who do not have a current Alaska teacher certificate must take 6 credits of clinical practice. Clinical practice courses are taken the last two semesters of the program. To enter the clinical practice, students must apply for authorization from the State of Alaska. This includes fingerprinting and a background check. Fingerprint clearance may take up to six months to complete. Submit the clinical practice application two semesters prior to the desired placement. Failure to comply with the requirement, falsification of information, or evidence of a criminal conviction that is named in the law or the Professional Teaching Practices Commission is considered an ethics violation. This will result in denied access to field placement in Alaska school districts. Authorization is required before clinical practice can begin.