The University of Sioux Falls’ Fredrikson School of Education announces new coursework that fulfills the South Dakota Department of Education’s Alternative Certification in Special Education.

Under new rules authorized by the DOE in 2017, current teachers can apply for an alternative route to a special education endorsement to help fill the state’s great need. Typically a bachelor’s degree in special education is required, but the alternative route allows experienced educators with the support of their school and approval by the DOE to obtain the 15 credits of approved coursework needed to sit for the state certification exam.

The USF courses were developed specifically for this alternative certification to ensure all objectives of the DOE’s alternative certification are exceeded or met. All courses are delivered online through USF’s Center for Professional Development. 

“We’re always on the lookout for ways we can meet the changing demands of educators,” said Julie McAreavey, Associate Vice President for Continuing & Professional Studies at USF. “We believe the opportunity for experienced teachers to earn their certification will be especially helpful for school districts struggling to find highly qualified special education teachers.“

Online delivery allows for teachers across the state to enroll in the courses.

“The servant leadership demonstrated in the lives of those committed to education, particularly special education, is very near to our heart,” said USF President Brett Bradfield. “We are excited to further partner with and empower current educators with this training.”

The first course, Special Education Law and Procedures, is scheduled for July 9­–August 17, 2018. To find out more about the certification click HERE.

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