Elementary & Special Education

Elementary & Special Education

The Department of Elementary and Special Education seeks to guide prospective and in-service teachers in the selection of specialized and non-specialized courses in major fields of knowledge and to provide experiences leading to the development of competencies necessary for successful participation in community living and in understanding, teaching and guiding children. The department will provide candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed, effective, and ethical classroom decisions. Both programs are offered at Langston University’s main campus as well as LU Tulsa. The Elementary Education program at Langston University is a professional preparation which allows one to teach first through eighth grades upon successfully passing the Oklahoma licensure tests. The program requires specific coursework in general education, specialized elementary education, and professional education, which includes the Clinical Experience. The combined knowledge gained from the coursework and experiences from these three areas results in a polished candidate for the teaching profession. The Special Education program is in the area of Mild/Moderate Disabilities. This enables the graduate to teach from the prekindergarten level through the twelfth grade. Students with disabilities are presently being taught and held accountable for comparable content in the same classes as their neighbors and peers. Oklahoma stipulations to meet the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) require that the special education teacher pass subject matter state tests pertinent to the level at which he/she is assigned to teach Candidates in this area are required to complete courses in general education, special education, and professional education culminating with the Clinical Practice experience Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Plan of Study

Dr. Marsha Herron, Chair

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