2013-2014 Catalog

Special Education

Department of Special Education

Department Chair: Marie Lynch

Professors Antosh, Favazza, Imber, Kochanek; Associate Professors Dell, Hui, Lynch; Assistant Professors Gunning, LaCava, McDermott-Fasy

Students must consult with their assigned advisor before they will be able to register for courses beyond SPED 310.

Students in the Department of Special Education must meet the admission and retention requirements of their major (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Secondary Education) as well as the admission and retention requirements of the special education program,

Students are eligible for an initial educator certificate in special education in Rhode Island if they have successfully completed ALL teaching concentration requirements in their major (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education) as well as ALL requirements for their special education concentration.

Admission Portfolio Requirements

Note: B.S. Elementary and Special Education programs allow joint admission. See “Elementary Education."

  1. SPED 300 (or SPED 302 or ELED 302) course artifact and graded rubric or equivalent course (For Severe Intellectual Disabilities only).
  2. One reference letter from a professional documenting the extent and quality of the candidate’s experience with individuals with disabilities.
  3. A personal statement describing the candidate’s interest in a career teaching individuals with disabilities.

Retention Requirements

  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 at Rhode Island College.
  2. Completion of admission and retention requirements in an elementary or secondary teacher preparation program.
  3. A minimum grade of B- in all coursework in Special Education courses, including at least an “acceptable” rating on primary course artifact.
  4. Positive recommendations from all education instructors based on academic work, fieldwork, and professional behavior.

Students must maintain acceptable standing in academic work, fieldwork, and demonstrate consistent professionalism (as described above), or risk suspension and/or dismissal from the Special Education program.