Millikin University School of
Education announces Special Education Endorsement opportunity for
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[November 20, 2020]
The Millikin University School of Education has announced a new
state of Illinois Special Education Endorsement opportunity for
practicing teachers who want to add a Special Education Endorsement
to their current teaching license.
In one extended semester, practicing teachers can add a Special
Education Endorsement, through the Millikin University School of
Education, by enrolling in a selection of evening, online, hybrid or
in-person classes. The endorsement covers Kindergarten – Age 21 and
allows teachers to apply for Special Education positions.
The program will assist teachers in developing best practices for
teaching students with special needs so that they can make a
positive impact on the students' learning experiences.
Classes for the Special Education Endorsement are scheduled to begin
during the Winter Immersion term through Spring/Summer 2021.
"We are proud to be able to provide area practicing teachers with an
efficient way to earn the Special Education Endorsement with a
selection of evening, online, hybrid and in-person classes," said
Dr. Pamela J. Barnes, director of the Millikin School of Education.
"The condensed format of fitting in the state required courses in
one extended semester is as efficient as we can offer it."
The following four courses are required to receive the state of
Illinois Special Education Endorsement:
115 Instructional Strategies for Individuals with Learning
Disabilities in K-12 Classrooms
215 Learning Differences of Individuals with Mild to Moderate
Educational Learning Needs
220 Introduction to Educating Individuals with Diverse Abilities
in K-12 Classrooms
408 Diagnosis and Assessment of Learners with Exceptional Needs
in K-12 Classrooms
Upon completion of the classes and passing the state required
content test, teachers will be entitled for the Endorsement through
Millikin's Licensure Officer.
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According to AdvanceIllinois.org, over half of Illinois' unfilled teacher
positions are in bilingual and Special Education, meaning English learners and
students with special needs are less likely to have the support they need,
especially if they live in under-resourced districts with more low-income
students. With the growing Illinois teacher shortage, Millikin's Special
Education Endorsement for current teachers can make a strong difference.
Barnes added, "Teachers learn so much from each other and whether the courses
are via Zoom or in-person, Millikin's exceptional faculty will facilitate their
learning. The courses will provide practicing teachers with the knowledge to
better serve the special needs populations in their own classrooms."
Tuition for the Endorsement is $1497 per three credit hour course. Limited
$500-$1000 scholarships are available. Applicants can complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for determination of loan
To register or for more information about the Endorsement and scholarship
inquiries, email email@example.com.
Millikin School of Education
The Millikin University School of Education seeks to create communities of
learners and learning environments that demonstrate the value of diversity,
inclusion and active learning.
Students in the School of Education at Millikin University benefit from small
class sizes, experience in the field beginning their first semester, co-teaching
training and continual opportunities for Performance Learning to apply learned
skills. For more information, visit millikin.edu/education.
[Millikin University Director of
Media Relations and Publications Dane Lisser]