Two For One: Challenges and Benefits of Small Elementary and Special Education Dual Certification Programs

Authors

  • Catherine S. Howerter Georgia Southern University
  • Claire E. Hughes Cleveland State University
  • Jennifer Sears University of North Georgia
  • Julie Little Gordon State College

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33043/JOSEP.2.2.52-59

Keywords:

elementary and special education, dual certification, small special education program, teacher preparation program

Abstract

There are challenges and opportunities when teaching in an integrated elementary and special education (ELEM/SPED) dual certification program. Infusing special education in general education courses and collaborating with general education colleagues to create a truly integrated program is imperative. In this article, we provide a case study of four ELEM/SPED education dual certification programs, focusing on coursework and field requirements. We emphasize that the implementation of an effective ELEM/SPED dual certification program requires collaboration, support, inclusion, patience, advocacy, and education.

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Published

09/08/2022

Issue

Section

Small Programs Special Issue