Special Education Alternative Certification Track

 Springfield CC Center

Our program offers a special education alternative certification track (SEACT) designed for students with no previous teacher certification to obtain initial teacher certification in mild to moderate disabilities, while concurrently obtaining a master’s degree. Expectations are high for candidates in the program; however, the competency based course work is highly structured with significant advisor and faculty support. The SEACT contains a blend of onsite methods, lab course work, online, arranged practicum, or condensed summer instructional format to support the alternative nature of the program and the demands on students who are teaching while completing a graduate degree.

Who would choose the SEACT program route to certification? 

  • Students who want to earn a master's degree while also earning their initial special education certification 
  • Students who would like to take primarily evening and summer course work
  • Students who can apply for a provisional teaching certificate and teach as a special education teacher in a certified K-12 school for students with mild to moderate disabilities OR who have a para-educator job working in an accredited K-12 school working with students with mild to moderate disabilities.  Para-educators in the SEACT program must be working with a special education teacher who has been certified for at least 3 years.  Note: Students who are para-educators must apply for approval under the Missouri Teacher's Aide Rule.

Required course work in addition to the core classes:  SEACT track students must take the following core classes:  SPE 780*, SFR 780, and SPE 788*.  SFR 780 and SPE 788 are required for the master's degree in special education and are not required classes for certification.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
SPE 715 Foundations in Special Education 3 hrs
SPE 782 Advanced Diagnosis and Remediation of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities 4 hrs
SPE 792 Advanced Diagnosis and Remediation of Students with Disabilities Lab 2 hrs
SPE 619 Methods I:  Cognitive & Behavioral Methods for Exceptional Students 3 hrs
SPE 621 Methods II:  Functional Living Skills & Health Issues  3 hrs
SPE 789 Practicum-The Exceptional Child 3 hrs
PSY 703 Human Growth and Development 3 hrs
SPE 617 Direct Instruction in Reading & Language Arts 3 hrs
SPE 787 Advanced Behavioral Analysis & Intervention 3 hrs
SPE 664 Language Development of Exceptional Students 2 hrs
SPE 616 Foundations of Behavioral Analysis and Interventions in Applied Settings 3 hrs
SPE 717 Methods of Teaching Mathematics to Exceptional Individuals 3 hrs
  To Total 45 hours

* Offered via internet or alternative delivery system based on availability.