Program Description

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Please consult the SPE Student Handbook [PDF], 2011 for additional information.

The Special Education Intern Program (SEIP) is an alternative preliminary credential pathway that allows candidates to work in P-12 schools as teachers of record while they complete university coursework necessary to become credentialed teachers. SEIP is designed to be completed in two years. SEIP has formal agreements with school districts, Non Public School (NPS), or Charter Schools where interns are employed. As such, SEIP is a collaborative effort between the University and schools that provides mentoring support via on-site support providers and university fieldwork supervisors. SEIP offers the following Preliminary Education Specialists credential programs:

  • Mild/Moderate Disabilities (M/M), includes specific learning disabilities; mild to moderate intellectual and development disabilities; other health impairments; serious emotional disturbance; and authorizes service in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.

  • Moderate/Severe Disabilities (M/S), includes autism; deaf-blindness; moderate to severe intellectual and development disabilities; multiple disabilities; serious emotional disturbance; and authorizes service in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.

  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), includes the mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities listed above and traumatic brain injury; authorizes service to children ages birth to pre-kindergarten only.

Required coursework for each of the new credentials can be obtained in the Teacher Education Division Office located in the School of Education, Small College Complex. Please visit the university catalog for more information.