The Heritage University graduate program in Special Education is a broad-based program designed to meet the needs of the educator who anticipates working with students with disabilities. The program is designed to prepare teachers to become leaders in the field of special education.
The primary purpose of the program is to provide quality graduate studies that will enable educators to be successful in having a positive impact upon the overall education of students with disabilities. Educators completing this program will acquire comprehensive knowledge and skills that will enable them to be successful in effectively teaching students with disabilities.
The program is designed to prepare educators to accomplish the following:
Utilize foundational knowledge to address rights and responsibilities related to students with disabilities.
Work positively with families, colleagues, and community agencies to develop collaborative relationships that improve learning for students with disabilities and their families.
Plan, implement, and manage appropriate instructional environments that provide opportunities that are adapted to individual learners’ needs and characteristics, including cultural and linguistic diversity.
Apply current research and best practice in quality assessment and instruction to enhance the overall development of students with disabilities.
Apply knowledge and skills and demonstrate competencies that produce a candidate who qualifies for an endorsement in special education.
Apply leadership skills in the demonstration of high standards of competence and integrity in the practice of the profession.
Meet state, federal, and other applicable standards for teaching students with disabilities.