Teacher candidates in the MD/SD program are trained to work in settings which serve students with disabilities and their families. The MD/SD certifications focus on children/adults who may have intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and/or complex medical or physical needs. The Winthrop program emphasizes inclusion of students with intellectual and severe disabilities into general education and community settings. Special education graduates are prepared to teach preschool through secondary school aged children. In addition to certification in mental disabilities and severe 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. 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 mental and severe disabilities.