Cameron University offers pathway to provisional certification with Special Education Boot Camp

The Cameron University Department of Education will offer a Special Education Boot Camp, aimed at individuals who already have a four-year college degree and who wish to become a certified K-12 special education teacher. The Boot Camp, which features one graduate level class, “Children & Youth: Special Needs,” runs from October 15 through December 13 and is presented in a hybrid format. It meets only six times as the majority of the coursework is completed online.

“There is a great need for special education teachers throughout the state,” says Dr. Dana Hilbert, Chair, CU Department of Education. “Our Special Education Boot Camp provides a pathway to provisional certification for individuals who want to change their careers and serve their communities, families and children by completing the additional education required to become a special educator.”

Those interested in attending the Special Education Boot Camp must have completed a four-year college degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher and must apply for admission as a graduate student.

“We have a limited number of graduate tuition waivers available, and we encourage all Boot Camp students to apply for those scholarships,” Hilbert says.

The class (SPED 5203) will meet from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on October 14, November 7, November 14, November 21, December 5 and December 12.

Once students complete the class, they can become provisionally certified and begin teaching.  They have three years to complete 18 additional hours of graduate coursework and pass the teaching certification tests.

Interested individuals can attend a CU Become a Teacher workshop on Tuesday, October 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Cameron University to learn more about comprehensive and alternative pathways to becoming a teacher. Register for the CU Become a Teacher workshop at

For more information about the Boot Camp and to apply for admission, contact Claudia Edwards, Graduate Coordinator for CU’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies, at 580-581-7929 or via email at



September 11, 2019