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Special Education Mild-Moderate Disabilities Certification

Post-Degree Certificate

Prepare for Arizona Special Education Mild-Moderate Disabilities (grades K-12) certification. This post-degree program applies to students who do not have K-12 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: Yes

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
EDC 250 Introduction to Teaching 3
ESE 251 Educational Psychology 3
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 18

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 on an intern certificate take the Internship Track.
Field Experiences (Traditional Track)
ESE 267 Traditional Practicum 2
ESE 290 Student Teaching: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 8
Field Experiences (Internship Track)
EDC 266 Internship Practicum 2
ESE 290A Student Teaching I: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 4
ESE 290B Student Teaching II: Mild-Moderate Disabilities 4
Subtotal 10
Required Courses subtotal 40

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
EDC 286 Structured English Immersion (SEI) Methods 3
POS 210 * National and State Constitution 0-3
Subtotal 3-6
Total 43-46

* This course is not required with an official passing score on the Constitutions of the U.S. and Arizona AEPA (Arizona Educators Proficiency Assessment) See a program advisor for additional information.