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Special Education Boot Camp leads to provisional teacher certification

This summer, 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 PK-12 special education teacher. The Boot Camp, which features one graduate level class, “Children & Youth: Special Needs,” runs from May 26 through June 23 and is presented in a hybrid format.

The class meets only four times as the majority of the coursework is completed online. It will begin with a Zoom meeting on Thursday, May 26. In-person classes are scheduled for 1 to 3:30 p.m. on subsequent Thursdays: June 2, 9, 16 and 23. The course also requires 30 hours of fieldwork in a special education classroom.

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.

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. A limited number of graduate tuition waivers are available, so Boot Camp students are encouraged to apply for those scholarships.

For more information on the Special Education Boot Camp, contact Dr. Holly Rice at 580-581-2322 or email hrice@cameron.edu. To apply for admission in order to attend the Special Education Boot Camp, go to https://www.cameron.edu/admissions and click on “Application.”


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