TWC offers summer special education endorsement

Posted on: March 22, 2012

This summer Tennessee Wesleyan College will be offering licensed teachers the opportunity to add an endorsement in special education during a summer academy from May 7 to July 27 that prepares teachers for working with special education students in an inclusive setting in the regular education classroom, a resource classroom, or a self-contained classroom.

This summer Tennessee Wesleyan College will be offering licensed teachers the opportunity to add an endorsement in special education during a summer academy from May 7 to July 27 that prepares teachers for working with special education students in an inclusive setting in the regular education classroom, a resource classroom, or a self-contained classroom.

Many schools are reporting a lack of licensed special education teachers in their districts. TWC’s summer certification will provide current teachers with the necessary training to fulfill those positions.

“This certification follows TWC’s implementation of a major in special education at the college,” said Dr. Patricia Ging, assistant professor of education and coordinator of the special education program at TWC. “This past fall six students took the first special education course offered in the major.”

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.

“This summer academy certification program is a convenient and in-depth practicum for teachers who are interested in teaching special education,” said Ging. “There’s a 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.

“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.”

“Adding an endorsement in special education through this summer academy will be an invaluable asset to local teachers who are looking to expand their career fields,” said Ging.

For more information about the summer special education endorsement, contact Dr. Patricia Ging at 423-746-5237 or pging@twcnet.edu or visit the summer academy webpage.