Winthrop University: COE - Special Education - The Major- MD/SD
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Special Education
Multi-Categorical

Mental/Severe Disabilities

The Major

Teacher candidates in the MD/SD program learn how 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 kindergarten through secondary school aged children. In addition to coursework in mental disabilities and severe disabilities, each Special Education major also takes coursework in behavior management and general education methods.

The Program

Accredited through the Council for Exceptional Children

Three certifications in one program!

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Mental Disabilities and Severe Disabilities will be eligible to meet requirements to be a "highly qualified" teacher in three certification areasstudents with intellectual disabilities, students with severe disabilities and Elementary Education. The program focuses on the inclusion of students with disabilities into general education setting. Special education graduates are prepared to teach kindergarten through secondary school aged children. In addition to the two certification areas listed above, each Special Education major graduates with the required coursework needed for add-on certification in Elementary Education. These credentials will greatly enhance their employment potential.

Last Updated: 4/9/20