Sacred Heart University’s (SHU) Isabelle Farrington College of Education offers an accelerated graduate program leading to a Comprehensive Special Education, K-12 (165) cross endorsement through the Connecticut State Department of Education in partnership with Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) for those who are certified public school teachers in Connecticut.
Beginning June 2017, students complete the 30-credit Special Education program in an accelerated one-year cohort model. The program is offered at our Fairfield and Griswold locations. Classes prepare certified teachers with the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions to develop effective teaching and learning environments for individuals with disabilities. Small class sizes, personalized instruction and participation in the multifaceted team approach of C.E.S. allows candidates to develop high-level skill sets for all classroom settings and brings understanding to the complex needs of students with developmental and emotional disabilities. The C.E.S. partnership features clinical experiences under the guidance of seasoned professionals and provides preparation to pass the required Praxis II exam.
Why this Cross Endorsement?
Connecticut has a shortage of special education teachers. This cross endorsement offers a specialized advantage in the marketplace. Upon completion, participants are immediately eligible for employment as special education teachers. School districts especially value educators who are certified in multiple areas, and this program fosters skills that help teachers reach more students. The cross endorsement enables educators to assess the needs of students with disabilities and select instructional strategies to help children reach their greatest potential. Participants learn to be more innovative, creative and dynamic in the classroom, as they make a lasting impact on the lives of exceptional students.
While there is an abundance of teachers certified for the general elementary and secondary classrooms, special education teachers remain in high demand. There are not enough qualified teaching professionals holding the CT 165 certification in special education to serve the roughly 68,000 children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in the state. Districts need teachers with special education expertise to ensure compliance with state and federal mandates. As districts fully implement their state mandated Scientifically Rigorous Based Intervention programs, special education teachers are needed to serve on teams, co-teach and work as intervention specialists. Special educators are also eagerly sought to provide homebound instruction to children unable to attend regular classroom settings.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education