Organization

 

Organizationally, the Department is divided into four program areas. The four areas are Behavior and Learning Disabilities (BLD), Communication Disorders (CD), Educational Psychology (EPY), and Multiple and Severe Disabilities (MSD). All of the Department’s degree programs are at the graduate level. The Department’s teaching certification programs are all approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Some initial certification programs are available for persons who already hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.

The NCATE accredited BLD Program in special education offers initial certification (IC), master’s degree (M.Ed.), and doctoral degree (Ph.D.). The focus of the BLD Program is on mild disabilities including, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, and mild intellectual disability. Initial certification is in interrelated special education, which is cross categorical and subsumes all three disability areas referred to above. Special education certification through an accredited college or university program is a prerequisite for entry into the M.Ed. program. Special education certification, a M.Ed. degree in special education and three years of in-field, classroom teaching experience are prerequisites for entry into the Ph.D. program.

The CD Program is nationally accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) and offers certification and licensure in Speech-Language Pathology through its M.Ed. degree program. This program usually requires that a student be enrolled full-time. In addition to the program of classroom study, extensive clinical work is required. Students are accepted for summer or fall semester admission only and the selection process is highly competitive. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in an area other than communication disorders will be considered for admission.

The EPY program offers individually tailored programs to meet students’ interests in the areas of cognition, learning, and development. The program at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels has a strong emphasis on research. The Ph.D. program is primarily focused on preparing persons for teaching and research careers in colleges and universities.

The NCATE accredited MSD Program in special education offers initial certification (IC), master’s degree (M.Ed.), and doctoral degree (Ph.D.). The focus of the MSD Program is on more serious disabilities including, sensory disabilities, orthopedic disabilities, autism, mental retardation, and special needs in early childhood. Initial certification may be in any of the disability areas referred to above. An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university is a prerequisite for entry into the M.Ed. program leading to initial certification in special education. Special education certification, a M.Ed. degree in special education and three years of in-field, classroom teaching experience are prerequisites for entry into the Ph.D. program.