Teacher Certification Program

Wilson Recognizes Teacher Intern Program Completers

Twenty-eight students in the Wilson College Teacher Intern Program were recognized at a May 5 ceremony at the college.

Published: July 27, 2017

SPE 436: Early Childhood/Special Education Practicum

A 14-week clinical experience in local schools for students who pursue instructional dual certification for early childhood (Pre-K-4)/Special Education. Students observe school calendar, not college calendar.  Supplemented with the appropriate practicum seminar. Prerequisites: All professional coursework, permission of adviser.

SPE 348: Pre-Practicum, Special Education

A full-time clinical experience in local schools during the student’s senior year. Placement will be equally divided between general education and special education classrooms.  Requires observing, aiding, tutoring, teaching and maintaining a portfolio.  Preparation for the senior-year student teaching practicum.  Supervised by college faculty. Prerequisites: EDU 204, 215 and Official Acceptance to Education Program.

SPE 339: Math/Technology Methods

This course provides the students with the application of best practices in mathematics instruction and use of technology for students with special needs. The students will develop appropriate lesson planning strategies related to differentiated instruction, assessment, and pedagogy related to students with special needs. Students will complete 5 observation hours. Prerequisite: Official acceptance to Education Program.

SPE 338: Reading/Writing Methods

This course provides the students with the application of best practices in reading/writing instruction for students with special needs. The students will develop appropriate lesson planning strategies related to differentiated instruction, assessment, and pedagogy related to students with special needs. Students will complete 5 observation hours. Prerequisite: EDU 238 and official acceptance into Education Program.

SPE 340: Foundations of Autism

This course will examine the characteristics and academic/social needs of students with autism.  Functional Behavioral Assessments, Social Skills strategies and progress monitoring of academic/social behaviors will be covered.  Current research and best practices related to working with students with Autism will be discussed. Prerequisite: SPE 216 or SPE 217.

SPE 329: Conferencing and Collaboration

This course will prepare students conference and collaborate with colleagues and parents. Students will also learn how to write Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs)/Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) for students with disabilities. Prerequisites: EDU 215 and SPE 216 or SPE 217.

SPE 217: Low Incidence Disabilities

Focuses on teaching students with low incidence disabilities:  severe cognitive disabilities, low vision/blindness, physical/health disabilities and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Current research related to the academic/social issues related to teaching students with these disabilities will be examined. Prerequisite: EDU 215.

SPE 216: High Incidence Disabilities

Focuses on teaching students with high incidence disabilities:  Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, and Mild Intellectual Disabilities. Current research related to the academic/social issues related to teaching students with these will be examined. Prerequisite: EDU 215.

Dual Certification in Early Childhood/Special Ed Approved for Wilson Education Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved a new, early childhood (preK-4)/ special education (preK-8) major within Wilson’s education curriculum. The dual certification program will be available this fall, along with a new minor in special education.

Published: July 30, 2015

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