Office: Benoit Education Center
The course of study is intended for individuals with current teaching certification in either special or general education, who wish to obtain additional certification in the area of EBD. For individuals without special education certification, the program leads to general special education certification (K-12), in addition to EBD certification. Students who do not have a teaching certificate may consider first obtaining certification in early childhood education, elementary education, general special education, or in secondary education.
This advanced program in special education prepares teachers to work directly with students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) in general and special education classrooms and as consultants and collaborators with other professionals and family members. Completion of the competency-based program results in teacher certification and a Master’s degree in Education, with a focus on EBD. Combining classroom and field-based experiences to connect coursework with practical school-based applications, the program provides its students with opportunities to develop the professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to the effective education and accommodation of students with behavioral needs. The program culminates with a full-time internship in a school-based setting working with children identified as EBD, while being mentored by teachers with certification in the field.
Students who wish to obtain EBD certification only, without a Master’s degree, may do so with the approval of the Program Director.