Special Education Licensure

Picture a safe, caring and comfortable classroom in which the unique strengths of every student are fostered, where inclusivity is celebrated and negative stereotypes about dis/ability are dispelled. Now picture yourself as the teacher of that class. At Carroll, you can acquire the skills, knowledge and experiences to gain licensure in both special education and general education.

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— Carley Mueller '20

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About the Special Education Program

In Carroll University’s general education and special education licensure programs, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to lead learner-centered, inclusive environments, which provide all students access to the educational curriculum. In four years, you can complete the requirements for licensure in both cross-categorical special education (grades K-12), with an elementary education (grades K-9) major. 

Inclusive teaching is characterized by:

  • Creating environments of belonging
  • Promoting relationships that lead to mutual caring
  • Approaching learners with an asset perspective that draws on the strengths of students
  • Personalizing learning around each student’s strengths and needs
  • Implementing curriculum and instruction that includes multiple perspectives and student choice
  • Reducing prejudice by confronting negative stereotypes toward dis/ability
  • Providing access and opportunity for all students

Seeking licensure in both special and elementary education is an attractive option if you want the flexibility to teach in either general education or special education settings. Teacher candidates are also offered the opportunity to teach in Carroll’s Inclusive Teacher Residency program.

Candidates who pursue both licenses gain a broader awareness and understanding of the school structures, processes and community organizations that support students with disabilities. You’ll learn innovative, inclusive and equitable approaches, including effective practices that align with research-based models for pre-service and in-service educators, to meet the& academic, social and emotional needs of all learners.

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Inclusive Teacher Residency Program

Carroll’s Inclusive Teacher Residency Program (ITRP) offers expanded opportunities to prepare and refine your skills in schools and classrooms. A resident is a pre-service undergraduate education candidate in the last two semesters of his or her teacher preparation program. As a resident, you’ll engage in a variety of teaching and learning experiences for a full K-12 academic year. In the first semester of the residency, you’ll work in the school setting approximately 20-25 hours per week while also completing university coursework. You’ll have opportunities to participate in team planning, school and district staff development and, in some cases, as a paid staff member in the district. The residency culminates with an 18-week student teaching placement. Candidates who participate in the residency program solidify their philosophical beliefs around inclusive practices, and are well prepared to transition into their role as an educator.


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