Special Education Certification Only Program

Start a new career through our Special Education Certification Only program using your existing bachelor’s degree


Teacher shortages are a growing issue for many school districts and the demand for qualified special education teachers is high in many areas across the country.
 
The Special Education Certification Only program is an Iowa licensure only teacher preparation program that prepares candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree in a non-teaching field to be teachers of students with severe behavior disorders and learning disabilities or of students with severe intellectual disabilities.

 

Why the Special Education Certification Only Program?

Candidates are generally able to continue full-time employment while they complete year 1 and year 2, fall term of the program as part-time students. During the spring term of year 2, candidates will student teach full time for a minimum of fourteen consecutive weeks.
 
Upon successful completion of all program coursework, including student teaching, and earning passing scores on the state-required Praxis II tests, candidates are eligible for an initial teaching license in Iowa.

 

Specifics & Cost

  • Two-year program
  • 30 credits (undergraduate)
  • Online classes
  • Two track options: Behavior Disorders/Learning Disabilities OR Intellectual Disabilities
  • $420 per credit hour guaranteed tuition for first cohort; financial aid may be available
  • The first cohort will begin in the fall 2019

 

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Three years of post-baccalaureate work experience preferred
  • Resume, letters of reference, personal interview
  • Successful completion of basic skills test (Praxis Core, or GRE)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for admission to the Special Education Certification Only Program?

  • Official transcripts to verify undergraduate degree with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited institution
  • Resume
  • Successful completion of a basic skills test (Praxis Core or GRE)
  • Interview
  • Criminal background check
  • Three years of post-baccalaureate work experience preferred

What is the admission deadline for the Special Education Certification Only Program?

June 30 of each year

How is the program delivered?

The courses are all delivered online to enable candidates to continue working while in the program, with the exception of the last semester (spring, year 2). During the final semester of the program, candidates will complete a full-time student teaching experience for a minimum of fourteen consecutive weeks.

What is the cost of the Special Education Certification Only Program?

The cost of tuition is $420 per credit hour ($12,600 tuition for the entire 30-credit program).

 

Other costs prior to admission to the program are:

Praxis Core Academic Skills Test = $150

Background Check = $75.00

 

Other costs during the program are:

Textbooks = approximately $1000

Praxis II Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge test = $120

Praxis II Pedagogy Test = $146

Initial Teaching License & BoEE background check = $170.00

Can I receive financial aid to help with the program costs?

Financial aid may be available for this program. After filing your FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid Office at Morningside College at (712) 274-5159.

What courses are included in the Special Education Certification Only Program?

Candidates in the program will select one of two strands: 1) Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities or 2) Instructional Strategist II: Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities.

Term
Intellectual Disabilities
Behavior Disorders & Disabilities
Year 1, Fall
EDUC 303S: Introduction to Education & Field Experience (3 credits)

EDUC 309S: Diversity in the Classroom (3 credits)

EDUC 303S: Introduction to Education & Field Experience (3 credits)

EDUC 309S: Diversity in the Classroom (3 credits)

Year 1, Spring
SPED 303S: Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities & Field Experience (3 credits)

SPED 401S: Educational Assessment (3 credits)

SPED 304S: Introduction to Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities & Field Experience (3 credits)

SPED 401S: Educational Assessment (3 credits)

Year 1, Summer
SPED 415S: Collaborative Partnerships and Transition (4 credits)

SPED 415S: Collaborative Partnerships and Transition (4 credits)

Year 2, Fall
SPED 425S: Intellectual Disabilities: Curriculum, Methods, & Field Experience (4 credits)

SPED 430S: Applied Behavior Analysis (2 credits)

SPED 426S: Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities: Curriculum, Methods, & Field Experience (4 credits)

SPED 430S: Applied Behavior Analysis (2 credits)

Year 2, Spring
SPED 480S: Student Teaching: K-8 Instructional Strategist II Intellectual Disabilities (3 credits)

SPED 481S: Student Teaching: 5-12 Instructional Strategist II Intellectual Disabilities (3 credits)

SPED 490S: Student Teaching Seminar: Instructional Strategist II (2 credits)

SPED 485S: Student Teaching: K-8 Instructional Strategist II Behavior Disorders & Learning Disabilities (3 credits)

SPED 486S: Student Teaching: 5-12 Instructional Strategist II Behavior Disorders & Learning Disabilities (3 credits)

SPED 490S: Student Teaching Seminar: Instructional Strategist II (2 credits)

Who can I contact if I have other questions about the program?