The mission of the Special Education Program is to prepare knowledgeable caring educators equipped with valuable tools for classrooms that serve students with exceptionalities. To meet this mission, the program embraces cultural and linguistic diversity, emphasizes the importance of evidence-based practice, critical thinking skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, ethical principles and continued professional development throughout one's career.
The Special Education Program at SFA is housed in the Human Services/Telecommunications Building (HSTC). Faculty offices are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Classrooms are located on the third floor. Undergraduate special education programs are offered online and face-to-face. Graduate programs are offered online. Numerous school districts in the area cooperate with the program in placing special education teaching candidates for field experiences. A Special Education Advisory Board provides input and feedback to the faculty from practitioners in the field including special education directors, educational diagnosticians, and teachers. Special education programs at SFA are aligned with national standards for special educators and state standards for special education teachers. A performance based assessment system is used in which candidate performance is rated on key assessments in various classes in order to provide data for accreditation and for program improvement.
The undergraduate program in EC-12 Special Education and the graduate M.Ed. programs for EC-12 Special Education and Educational Diagnosticians are all nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.
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