Tuesday, August 13, 2002

A Special Offer for Special Education: The Teacher Certification Program

According to the Professional Standards Commission, "An individual with a certificate in Interrelated Special Education is licensed to be a resource teachers in the fields of Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and Mild Mental Retardation; to teach students in self-contained classrooms with Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and Mild Mental Retardation in grades P-12; to teach preschool special education students; and to teach remedial mathematics, reading, and writing in grades P-12."

Fall 2002 marks the launch of the Teacher Certification Program, a collaborative effort between PeachStar, The Learning House, and Armstrong Atlantic State University designed to address Georgia?s shortage of certified special education teachers. This program offers certified teachers add-on certification in interrelated special education through a unique approach to distance learning that combines video, audio, CD-ROM, and Internet-based technologies.

The ten-module course will be administered by the Special Education Office of Armstrong Atlantic State University School of Graduate Studies and will address such topics as:

* Teaching and the Exceptional Child
* Assessment of Students with Disabilities
* Teaching Reading
* Adapting Curriculum
* Developing Positive Communication
* Resources
* Working with Students with Specific Learning Disabilities
* Working with Students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities
* Working with Students with Behavioral Disorders

In order to be eligible to enroll in this course, you must hold a provisional certificate in a special education field or a clear renewable certificate to teach in any discipline AND meet the criteria for the School of Graduate Studies? Teacher Certification Status, which include:

* a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
* a 2.5 overall GPA
* copy of teaching certificate

For more information about the program or to enroll, contact Dr. Pamela Harwood at AASU at harwoopa@mail.armstrong.edu or (912) 961-3066.