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The five year, dual degree and dual certification program option is available for students in the middle level 4-8 and secondary 7-12 teaching certification programs. The program is not available for students in the PreK-4 certification program. Students will earn an undergraduate degree and teaching certification in either middle level 4-8 or secondary 7-12 and a graduate degree, Master of Education in Special Education, with an additional teaching certification in either special education PreK-8 or special education 7-12. Students will be required to successfully complete required PRAXIS II special education exams before admission to final special education practicum.
Students considering the five year, dual degree and dual certification program should formally notify their Education Department advisor no later than the end of the fall semester of their junior year. Students must complete the Intent to Apply for Dual Degree and Dual Certification Program Notice at that time. Formal application to the graduate program must be made no later than March 1 of the senior year. Admission into the graduate program, academic progression, and degree completion is contingent upon the student meeting all criteria established by the Graduate Education Program. Courses in the graduate program are presented in an accelerated, eight week format.