This is a 60-hour program that has three distinct phases:
- The candidate first works to complete an initial Master of Arts in Education degree focused on mild disability and to secure P-12 LBD certification. If they are earning initial certification, they student teach. Georgetown CollegeÔÇÖs Certification Officer submits all paperwork required for the P-12 LBD certification and for a rank 2 for approval to EPSB as soon as the student has completed this phase. The Master of Arts degree is also conferred at this time.
- In the second phase, the candidate completes coursework, including a final practicum, to earn P-12 certification in Moderate to severe Disability (MSD). The paperwork required for certification in MSD is submitted to EPSB as soon as this coursework, and the necessary PRAXIS exams, are completed successfully.
- In the last phase the candidate focuses on content area electives and possibly electives related to the Autism Spectrum. The completion of 60 hours then allows the candidate to complete a Rank I. Curriculum contracts for LBD and MSD are provided below.┬á This program is delivered online.
Candidates qualify for a temporary provisional certificate in LBD as soon as they enter the first phase of this program. However, the MSD certification portion of this program is offered as an additional component to LBD and candidates do not qualify to immediately go into classrooms with MSD students either at the beginning of this program or during phase two.
Dr. Melody Deprez