International Perspectives in K-12 Special Education

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Certificate in International Perspectives in K-12 Special Education

Tamara Arthaud, Graduate Program Coordinator
Park Central Office Building, Room 121
Phone: 417-836-6951
TamaraArthaud@missouristate.edu

Note: This certificate program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Program description

This certificate provides coursework to improve or broaden the student’s cultural competence and understanding of special education and disability-related instructional practices. Students will receive exposure to international approaches to education for persons with disabilities, and will complete one study away experience with an emphasis on K-12 special education in an international setting. The goal of this certificate will be to broaden the graduate student’s perspective regarding education in the global society and the implementation of special education programs and services for children and adults with disabilities.

Note: This certificate program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Admission criteria

The International Perspectives in K-12 Special Education Graduate Certificate Program is open to all interested persons eligible for graduate coursework. International students must meet Missouri State University language proficiency standards through one of the following procedures: TOEFL-IBT score of 79, IELTS score of 6.0, or Missouri State English Language Institute (ELI) completion of Level 5; however, the language requirement may be waived through successful interview with departmental committee.

Program requirements (9 hours)

Required courses
Course code Course title Credit hours
  Requirement A:  Foundation Course in Special Education - Choose one course from the following  

SPE 715

Foundations in Special Education  

3 hrs
SPE 780 Impact of Contemporary Issues and Diversity in Special Education (May be used only for requirement A or B, but not both) 3 hrs
  Requirement B:  Diversity or Education or Child and Family Development course - Choose one course from the following  
SPE 780 Impact of Contemporary Issues and Diversity in Special Education (May be used only for requirement A or B, but not both) 3 hrs

COU 714

Social-Cultural Diversity in Counseling

3 hrs

EAD 784

Multicultural Issues Involving Human Relations and Collaborative Processes 3 hrs

EAD 864 

Diversity and Community Relations 3 hrs

SPE 607

Services and Diversity in Blindness and Low Vision and Additional Disabilities ( 3 hrs
ECE 675 Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Families in Early Childhood 3 hrs
RDG 600 Diversity Issues in Literacy and Content Area Instruction 3 hrs
EDC 701 Teaching and Learning II: Diversity, Curriculum and Research 3 hrs
SAE 727 Inclusive Campus Environment 3 hrs
  Requirement C:  International Perspectives in K-12 Special Education Study Away course  
SPE 640

International Experiences in K-12 Special Education - Study Away ([NOTE: For international candidates who seek the certificate through contracted partnerships with Missouri State University, the SPE 640 International Experience will be provided in the Southwest Missouri region.)

3 hrs
  Requirement D:  As needed.  In the event that completion of required coursework does not result in minimum of 9 hours such as those students electing to take SPE 607 for 2 hours of credit, students may select related electives as approved by the Special Education Program Coordinator or CLSE Department Head. Recommended electives include, but are not limited to:  
SPE 664 Language Development of Exceptional Students 2 hrs
SPE 710 Problems in Special Education 1 hr

Completion requirements

Students must take a minimum of 9 hours as designated and approved, and must have an average cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the courses required to receive the certificate. Students must satisfy all prerequisites for any courses they take in the program, or they must obtain instructor approval to waive any prerequisites.