Special Education Add-On Endorsement

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College of Graduate & Professional Studies

 

Dr. Julie Mersiowsky
SPED Add-On Endorsement Coordinator

spedendorsement@longwood.edu
434.414.6082

Our Format

1 Year | 3 Semesters | 15 credits

  • $280 per credit (in state)
  • $355 per credit (out of state)

Special Education Add-On Endorsement – Elementary Track:

  • $4,200 (in state)
  • $5,325 (out of state)
  • You must hold a license issued by the Virginia Board of Education with an endorsement in Elementary Education (early/primary education PreK-3 / elementary education PreK-6).

Special Education Add-On Endorsement – Secondary Track:

  • $4,200 (in state)
  • $5,325 (out of state)
  • You must hold a license issued by the Virginia Board of Education with an endorsement in English, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics.

If you have a K-12 license in general education, contact us at spedendorsement@longwood.edu.

What will you gain?

  • Knowledge of disabilities (definitions and characteristics)
  • Strategies for addressing specific deficits
  • Targeted reading strategies
  • Targeted math strategies
  • Knowledge of IEP components
  • Knowledge of progress monitoring and assessment

Special Education Add-On Endorsement - 100% Online

Are you a licensed K-12 teacher in Virginia looking for a pathway into special education? 

 

Acquire the skills and expertise necessary to teach and support students with diverse learning needs through Longwood University’s online special education add-on endorsement.

 

Teachers holding an official bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a valid Virginia professional teaching license (or an equivalent from another state) are eligible to earn this endorsement through the Virginia Department of Education upon successful completion of a five-course series.

 

Along with this coursework, to apply for the add-on endorsement with the VDOE, teachers will need to submit documentation of 1 year successful teaching experience that includes 45 hours of teaching SPED students in a general education setting.


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Our Format

1 Year | 3 Semesters | 15 credits

  • $280 per credit (in state)
  • $355 per credit (out of state)

 

Special Education Add-On Endorsement – Elementary Track:

  • $4,200 (in state)
  • $5,325 (out of state)
  • You must have an elementary (K6) teaching license to apply

 

Special Education Add-On Endorsement – Secondary Track:

  • $4,200 (in state)
  • $5,325 (out of state)
  • You must have a secondary (6-12) teaching license coordinating with your general education teaching license to apply

 

If you have a K-12 license in general education, contact us at spedendorsement@longwood.edu.

About the Endorsement

Following VDOE regulations, candidates holding valid licensure in elementary, middle, or secondary education may add the following corresponding endorsement:

  • Elementary: Special Education – General Curriculum K-6
  • Middle grades: Special Education – General Curriculum Middle Grades 6-8
  • Secondary: Special Education – General Curriculum Secondary Grades 6-12

 

The endorsement provides teachers confidence in their abilities to:

  • Describe characteristics of different disability categories
  • Identify strategies appropriate for different disabilities
  • Create and deliver effective reading lessons
  • Create and deliver effective math lessons
  • Evaluate students with formal and informal assessments
  • Understand and write an IEP

Course Sequence

Summer:

  • PSPE 515: Survey of Exceptional Students (3)*
    *PSPE 515 Survey of Exceptional Students can be taken at the beginning or the end of the coursework

 

Fall:

  • PSPE 522 (Weeks 1-8): Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Disabilities in the Area of
    Literacy (3)
  • PSPE 523 (Weeks 9-16): Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Disabilities in the Area of Mathematics (3)

 

Spring:

  • PSPE 577 (Weeks 1-8): Individual Educational Program (IEP) (3)
  • Two options (Weeks 9-16)
    • PSPE 544 (Elementary License Track): Formal and Informal Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3)
    • PSPE 574 (Middle and Secondary License Track): Transition Planning (3)
AFFORDABLE EDUCATION

The courses are offered fully online, at our affordable, discounted rate of $280 per credit hour in-state, or $355 per credit hour out-of-state.

rates effective 2021
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