University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Teaching Special Education Certificate

This program of study can only be completed by those pursuing a teaching endorsement in another content area or by currently licensed teachers. Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education for more information.

Teaching Licensure - Teaching Special Education


Early Childhood Special Education3
Special Education Requirements21
Special Education Student Teaching6-10
Total Hours30-34

Degree Specific Credits: 30-34

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.75

Early Childhood Special Education

Complete one of the following courses:
EDSP 403Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: B-

Special Education Requirements

Complete all of the following course:
EDSP 405Assessment of Students with Exceptionalities3
EDSP 426Introduction to Transition & Community3
EDSP 454Advanced Academic Interventions3
EDSP 456Introduction to Methods for Low Incidence Disabilities3
EDSP 461Positive Behavior Supports3
EDSP 462Special Education Law, Policy, and Practice3
EDU 438Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis, & Instruction3
Total Hours21

Minimum Required Grade: B-

Special Education Student Teaching

Note: All special education coursework must be completed prior to the special education student teaching experience. An application is required to determine special education student teaching eligibility. See Teacher Education Services or the Office of Field Experiences for deadlines.

Initial licensure candidates complete a 10-credit practicum. Currently licensed teachers complete a 6-credit practicum.

Complete the following course:
EDSP 495Student Teaching: Special Education6-10
Total Hours6-10

Minimum Required Grade: B-