Secondary Dual Educator Program - Frequently Asked Questions
- How often will this teacher preparation program be offered?
The program begins in the fall term of each odd numbered year. Application deadline is Feb. 1 or until program is filled.
- Is it possible to work while attending this full-time program?
This graduate-level program is designed to offer a full load of coursework and field-based experiences within each term. Classes will be scheduled during the day with some early evening offerings. There will be a substantial amount of time needed to complete required course assignments and work samples. School-based teaching experiences will be scheduled during every term. It will be difficult to balance work with school responsibilities. Students are discouraged from working while completing the program. However, if students choose to work, they must have a very flexible schedule with limited hours. There will be a two month break between year one and year two of the program in which one could potentially work.
- Can the SDEP program be completed on a part-time basis?
Not at this time.
- If the prerequisites and tests are not completed before the deadline, can an applicant still be admitted?
The admissions committee will consider applicants who still have some prerequisites to complete. To be considered, applicants must write a plan of completion that demonstrates how they will be able to complete the prerequisites before the program actually begins. Applicants who submit passing scores on the tests by the admission deadline will receive preferential treatment. All students admitted must have passed tests before student teaching placement.
- How do I determine which subject endorsement to pursue?
You need to make an appointment with an academic departmental adviser with your transcripts in hand. They will determine if you have adequate course work in the content area. They may require you to take additional courses, which will become prerequisites for our program. This will be written on the departmental recommendation form.
- What makes SDEP stand out?
Teachers who complete this intensive, dual focus program are a new breed. They see the role and function of secondary teachers differently from those who receive their preparation through a single focus program. These innovative teachers envision their responsibility as collaborators, co-teachers and consultants who do whatever it takes to meet the needs of all students within inclusive settings. After completing this program, middle and high school teachers will be able to use specialized instructional methodology and their content area expertise to differentiate instruction and develop curriculum accommodations. Teachers receiving this dual preparation will be able to give all students fuller access to science, mathematics, English, social studies, and other content areas taught at the secondary level.
- What is the SDEP field experience?
Every term includes field experiences in middle/high school settings. Placements in special education and general education as well as collaborative teaching experiences prepare teachers to bring together content knowledge and specialized supports to make content accessible to all students within inclusive classrooms.
First term – observing in both general education and special education settings (10 hours/week)
Second term – applying new knowledge and skills directly with student with an individual education plan (IEP) (10 hours/week)
Third term – half-time student teaching in special education (20 hours/week)
First term – working with students with more significant disabilities and co-teaching in an inclusive-content classroom (10-hour practicum/wk)
Second term – half-time student teaching in general education (20 hours/week)
Third term – full-time student teaching in general education (40 hours/week)