Why Choose Special Education Certificate at CLC?
• Experienced Instructors – program instructors have more than 60 years combined experience in special education, childcare, and vocational rehabilitation/counseling.
• Placement – graduates have enjoyed nearly 100% career related job placement.
• Flexible and Convenient – combination of hybrid and online courses allows for flexible student work time and weekly connections to faculty and classmates.
• Special Education Certificate – prepares students for jobs across the career lattice – paraprofessionals, early childhood caregivers in centers and family programs and preschools.
• Articulated Credits – CLC has agreements with eight area high schools to accept high school child development course work.
SPECIAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATE
Program Course Requirements
CDEV 1100 Foundations of Child Development (3 cr)
CDEV 1110 Guidance: Managing Physical/Social Environment (4 cr)
CDEV 1115 Planning & Implementing Curriculum (3 cr)
CDEV 1135 Profiles of Exceptional Child (3 cr)
CDEV 1162 Internship in Specialized Setting (2 cr)
CDEV 2110 Characteristics of Learning & Behavioral (3 cr)
CDEV 2114 Intro to Autism Spectrum Disorder (2 cr)
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS -20 CREDITS
Career Description: Students earning the Special Education certificate, in conjunction with an associate’s degree, will be qualified to seek immediate employment as paraprofessionals in public or private schools and will be especially qualified to work with students with special needs, which is the largest segment of paraprofessional needs.
Program Information: The Special Education certificate, in conjunction with an associate’s degree, is designed to meet the needs of individuals seeking employment as a special education paraprofessional. The program is also beneficial to anyone working in family or center-based childcare, as a nanny, or preschool teacher.
Graduates will be able to:
- Integrate child development theory with appropriate practice in early care and education settings;
- Plan and prepare effective instruction;
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communications for families, coworkers, agencies, and early childhood partners;
- Plan culturally relevant activities to nurture cognitive, physical, language, social and emotional development;
- Recognize ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities;
- Summarize and demonstrate understanding of special education laws and regulations, the needs of special education students and the special education working environment.
Career Opportunities: DEED shows occupational growth projections of 12% in Central MN, and 18%, nationwide, in addition to the significant needs for replacement of retiring Special Education teachers. OSDS information projects 753 annual openings in MN with 686 of these coming from replacement needs. That same source also projects just 65 graduates per year for this period.
Faculty Biography: Jeanette Rydberg, M.S. Early Childhood/Special Education, 11 years teaching experienceas an early childhood/sp.ed teacher and 21 years teaching in higher education. Member of the Council for Exceptional Children, early childhood, learning disabilities, and behavioral disorder divisions.
B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education, ESL emphasis, pursuing Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. Experience in center-based childcare, Head Start, School Readiness, ECFE. 10 years experience as an instructor in higher education. Serves on local food shelf and community Santa Anonymous committees. She enjoys exploring MN with her children and attending their school sporting events. Email Cynthia for more information
M S. Degree Rehabilitation Counseling, Career Rehabilitation Counselor, Minnesota State Services for the Blind, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, past president of the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association, graduate of the Education Policy Fellowship Program, 29 years of experience promoting the success of children and adults with disabilities in school, work and independent living. Email Stephen for more information
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