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Master’s Plus Certification Program (MPCP) in Exceptional Children and Youth

The MPCP track within the M.Ed. in Exceptional Children and Youth is only for individuals who have never been certified as a teacher. The MPCP requires:

  • Full-time enrollment in a 2-year graduate program of academic courses, including two summers.
    • Employment in a public school district in Delaware as a para-educator in a classroom serving children with special needs in year one.
    • Employment in a public school district in Delaware as a teacher serving children with special needs in year two.
  • Full-time enrollment in an accelerated 1-year graduate program of academic courses, including two summers.
    • Year-long teacher internship in a public school district in Delaware in a classroom serving children with special needs.
    • Applicants must have an academic major, at least 30 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, or submit passing Praxis II scores in a content area.
  • Upon completion of the program, agree to teach in a Delaware public school classroom that serves children with special needs for an additional two years.

MPCP students must complete coursework to fulfill the traditional master’s degree and related certification requirements in their chosen specialty area.

Background Course Requirements

During their first summer in the program students in the MPCP may need to complete additional coursework listed below as prerequisite courses, depending upon their previous educational background and coursework.

  • EDUC 697: Education of the Exceptional Child
  • EDUC 753: Special Education Instruction and Curriculum I

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • EDUC 623: Applied Human Development in the Schools
  • EDUC 679: Instructing Elementary/Middle Schoolers with Mild Disabilities (elementary and secondary special education focus areas) or EDUC 625: Methods and Curriculum for Individuals with Autism and Severe Disabilities (Autism/Severe Disabilities focus area)
  • EDUC 680: Educational Diagnosis
  • EDUC 681: Techniques for Behavior Change
  • EDUC 682: Special Issues in Special Education
  • EDUC 745: Collaborative Teaming in Special Education

Focus Areas (15 credits)

Students in the MPCP must choose a focus area of Autism/Severe Disabilities, elementary special education or secondary special education.

Autism/Severe Disabilities

  • EDUC 624: Introduction to Severe Disabilities/Autism
  • EDUC 626: Functional Communication
  • EDUC 655: Assistive Technology
  • EDUC 669: Engaging the General Curriculum
  • EDUC 673: Transitions from Secondary Special Education

Elementary Special Education

  • EDUC 653: Computer-Assisted Instruction in Remedial/Special Education
  • EDUC 658: Discipline and Classroom Management
  • EDUC 673: Transitions from Secondary Spec. Ed.
  • EDUC 754: Special Education Instruction & Curriculum II
  • EDUC 757: Teaching Reading: Adol. Spec. Ed.

Secondary Special Education

  • EDUC 653: Computer-Assisted Instruction in Remedial/Special Education
  • EDUC 658: Discipline and Classroom Management
  • EDUC 673: Transitions from Secondary Spec. Ed.
  • EDUC 674: Instructional Methods in Secondary Special Education
  • EDUC 757: Teaching Reading: Adol. Spec. Ed.

Sample Schedules

Exit Requirement

During the fall and spring semesters of the second year of study, MPCP students will complete classroom-basedprojects as part of EDUC 750 Internship and a final paper based on those projects.

Praxis II Requirement

All students in this track are required to show evidence of having taken a state-designated content area knowledge test, such as Praxis II. This test will be considered an exit requirement, and students must take the test no later than the point at which they have earned 27 graduate credits in the program.

Student Teaching Requirement

All students must complete a supervised student teaching experience in order to be eligible for certification. Students complete this requirement by registering for an additional 6 credits of EDUC 750: Graduate Teaching Internship – Special Education during their second year in the program.

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