TWC offers summer special education endorsement

Posted on: February 7, 2014

This summer TWC will be offering licensed teachers the opportunity to earn an endorsement in special education.

This summer Tennessee Wesleyan College will be offering licensed teachers the opportunity to earn an endorsement in special education modified K-12. Both online and traditional classes will be offered from May 5 to July 25. The 20-hour certification prepares the future teacher candidate for working in an inclusive setting in the regular education classroom or a resource classroom.
Many schools are reporting a lack of licensed special education teachers in their districts. TWC’s summer special education certification will provide current teachers with the necessary training to fulfill those positions.
Just like the traditional special education coursework, the summer certification emphasizes the legal issues of special education, assessment, collaboration, characteristics of qualifying disabilities, behavior management and the adaptive environment. The coursework does not meet graduate-level requirements, but may be used for license renewal credit.
“This summer academy certification program is a convenient and in-depth practicum for teachers who are interested in teaching special education,” said Dr. Patricia Ging, TWC associate professor of education and coordinator of the special education program. “There’s a strong demand for special education teachers locally and globally.”
The U.S. Department of Labor expects the number of special education teachers to increase by 17 percent over the next decade. Ging hopes that Tennessee Wesleyan’s special education endorsement will be an invaluable asset to local teachers who are looking to expand their career fields.
“There are many reasons why we’ll be seeing an increase in special education teachers,” said Ging.
“The amount of students that require these services has recently grown because of improvements allowing learning disabilities to be diagnosed at an earlier age. Legislation has emphasized training and employment for those with disabilities, and several educational reforms now require higher standards for graduation.”
For more information about the summer special education endorsement, contact Dr. Patricia Ging at 423-746-5237 or or visit