Benefits of Dual Licensure Programs

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K-12 teachers are typically licensed to teach a particular subject area at a specific grade level in either a general or special education classroom. Our unique dual licensure, teacher preparation programs are designed to meet the needs of all students by training candidates to teach and earn licenses in both general and special education. Having this dual training allows program graduates to incorporate their content area knowledge into strategies for serving students in multiple types of classrooms and with various learning abilities. Dual licensed teachers are highly desired in our schools and may be eligible for higher pay ranges because they can be placed in a wide range of classrooms and they can work with a broader array of students. 

The College of Education offers two nationally recognized dual licensure programs.

Elementary Education: Inclusive Elementary Educator Program  

Prepares classroom teachers for initial license and a master’s degree in early childhood and/or elementary and special education. Learn more about the IEEP program.

Secondary Education: Secondary Dual Educator Program (SDEP)

Prepares classroom teachers for license endorsements in special education and a content area (e.g., English, biology, business, social studies, math, art, music) at the middle/secondary grade level. Program includes a master's in education. Learn more about the SDEP program.