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Special Education

Mission Statement

Teacher candidates in the ED/LD program are trained to work in settings which serve students with disabilities and their families. The program focuses on the inclusion of all students with disabilities into the general education setting. Special education graduates are prepared to teach preschool through secondary school aged children. In addition to certification in learning disabilities and emotional disabilities, each Special Education major graduates with certification in Elementary Education. Thus, Winthrop Special Education graduates will be eligible to meet the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requirements to be a "highly qualified" teacher in three certification areas: the two Special Education areas of their major and Elementary Education. These credentials will greatly enhance their employment potential. Program Specific Knowledge and Skills: Special Education candidates will demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the Council on Exceptional Children for working with children with learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders.