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Special Education Mild-Moderate Disabilities Certification for Certified Teachers

Post-Degree Certificate

Prepare for Arizona Special Education Mild-Moderate Disabilities (grades K-12) certification. This post-degree program applies to students who have Elementary or Secondary teacher certification. Courses emphasize professional teaching standards, instruction for students with diverse needs, technology, current teaching theory, and include supervised and directed field experiences. A program GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for graduation.

Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admissions. See an advisor for details.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Federal Loans only

Online Option:  This program can be completed entirely online (excluding Field Experience)

What can I do with this certificate?

Career options:  Special Education K-12 Teacher.

Academic options:  Continue your education with post-degree work in education offered by Pima.

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Program Requirements 2018-2019

Required Courses

Must be completed with grades of C or higher. A program GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
ESE 252 Survey of Exceptional Education 3
ESE 254 Foundations of Instruction: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 3
ESE 255 Classroom Management for Mild-Moderate Disabilities 3
EDC 257 21st Century Learning 3
Subtotal 12
ESE 270 Methods of Instruction: Students/Mild-Moderate Disabilities 3
ESE 271 Mild-Moderate Methods: K-12 Inst. Across the Curriculum 3
ESE 272 Developmental Reading, Instruction, Assessment, Remediation 3
ESE 273 Diagnosis and Assessment of Mild-Moderate Disabilities 3
Subtotal 12

Tracks: Candidates who are not currently teaching in a Mild-Moderate Special Education classroom take the Traditional Track.
Candidates who are currently teaching full time in a Mild-Moderate Special Education classroom but are not certified in Mild-Moderate Special Education take the Internship Track.

Field Experiences (Traditional Track)
ESE 267 Traditional Practicum 2
ESE 290 Student Teaching: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 8
Subtotal 10
Field Experiences (Internship Track)
ESE 290A Student Teaching I: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 4
ESE 290B Student Teaching II: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 4
Required Courses Subtotal 32-34

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
EDC 286 * Structured English Immersion Methods  0-3
POS 210 ** National and State Constitution 0-3
Subtotal 0-6
Total 32-40

* This course is not required if an SEI Endorsement is displayed on the student's teaching certificate.

** This course is not required with an official passing score on the Constitutions of the U.S. and Arizona AEPA (Arizona Educators Proficiency Assessment)