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Admission Requirements

Admission to a major within the special education program requires satisfactory completion of the pre-special education program. A student handbook and application forms for admission to the major are available in the School of Education Student Services, Founders Hall, room 1110. Applications should be completed by March 1 if applying for the fall semester, and October 1 for spring semester. Application to the program is a competitive process. Applying to the program does not guarantee admission.

Requirements for admission to the major are:

  • Passage of the ICTS Test of Academic Proficiency or a composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT Plus Writing is required for admission to the Special Education program. The scores must be no older than ten years at the time of admission to the program.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher from all secondary institutions attended
  • 42 semester hours of coursework
  • Grades of C or higher in each course included in the 15 hours of skills coursework
  • The grade of B or higher in Special Education 100 or an equivalent professional level course
  • Application for admission to the special education program and transcript  of all course work completed. These should be submitted by March 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission

Clinical Experieces

Candidates progress through a series of developmentally sequenced field experiences for the full range of ages, types and levels of abilities and collaborative opportunities that are appropriate to the learning behavior specialist. These experiences are supervised by qualified professionals. These experiences, which must be completed prior to student teaching, are arranged through the School of Education Student Services.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all specific program requirements
  • Complete all University requirements
  • Pass all Illinois state certification requirements for special education
  • File an application for graduation by the first day of the term in which you plan to graduate

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Anthony M. Denkyirah, Ph.D.,
2003, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Linda L. Forbringer, Ph.D.,
2003, St. Louis University

Wendy W. Fuchs, Ph.D.,
2008, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Susanne James, Ph.D.,
2011, University of Kansas

Stacie M. Kirk, Ph.D.,
2006, University of Kansas

Craig A. Miner, Ph.D.,
1994, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Mary K. Weishaar, Ph.D.,
1984, St. Louis University

Phil M. Weishaar, Ph.D.,
1984, St. Louis University

Field Supervisor
Vickie Beavers
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