Graduate Academic Certificate
Certification in Special Education (IMPACT)
IMPACT is a one-to-two-year path to special education certification. IMPACT is designed to meet the demands of academic rigor and ongoing mentor support for you in a field that is rapidly changing. IMPACT is designed specifically for individuals who view teaching special education as a calling. The program teaches educators to set high expectations for their students; and to individualize curriculum and enhance instruction based on learner characteristics. Additionally, these individuals must develop skills that will enable them to collaborate with parents and other professionals so as to enhance the lives of children and youth with disabilities across their life span.
Candidates who are accepted into our program are eligible to receive a Probationary Teaching Certificate and be employed as a special education teacher during the fall and spring semesters they are completing coursework.
IMPACT Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mary Estes (Mary.Estes@unt.edu)
1) Hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
Prepare an IMPACT Application Packet with the following documents:
1) Completed IMPACT Application Form
2) Two Letters of Recommendation from individuals who can give evidence of the candidate's critical thinking ability in order to successfully engage in graduate coursework.
3) Submission of Test scores (Reading, Math, and Writing) for admission to Teacher Education. A THEA score is acceptable. Minimum THEA scores are: Reading = 240; Math = 230; Writing = 220.
4) Resume or Vita that includes the candidate's previous work and/or educational experiences, including teaching certifications and degrees held.
5) Personal Statement from the candidate stating his or her goals and rationale for applying to the IMPACT program and a brief description of his/her career and expectations with regard to teaching and further education. Candidates should describe their current reading, critical thinking, and writing and mathematical skills; and their relevant education experiences and strengths. Candidates should also assess their own ability to work independently, and discuss their educational philosophies and future goals.
6) Mail all documents as a complete packet to:
You may also deliver your complete packet to Matthews Hall 316.
Once your complete packet is reviewed by program faculty, you will be notified to come in for an interview and advising appointment.
Requirements for Certificate (applicant must meet course prerequisites, if any)
1. Understanding Learners with Special Needs
EDSP 5710 - Special Education Programs and Practices (3 hours)
2. Promoting Learner Growth and Achievement
EDSP 5330 - Classroom and Behavioral Management Strategies for Exceptional Learners (3 hours)
3. Working in a Collaborative Community
EDSP 5430 - Advanced Practicum and Mentorship in Special Education (must be taken during the fall and spring semesters while employed in a special education classroom) (6 hours)
4. State Exams
IMPACT candidates must be able to pass three state exams:
1. The TEXES Examination on Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12,
2. The TEXES Examination for Special Education EC-12,
3. Generalist EC-6, or for secondary students; either have 24 subject hours in the content area they are assigned (12 upper level) or have passed the content area test for the subject they are assigned.
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