Keeping a class of energized students interested and involved in class activities is a daily challenge for teachers … especially those who have an inclusion classroom mixed with high ability, average and struggling students.
The high incidence disabilities concentration prepares educators to implement instructional intervention strategies to reach students with learning disorders. The curriculum includes numerous hours in the field, including a supervised individual practicum in special education. The program also focuses on assessment methods, behavior intervention and inclusion classroom instruction.
High incidence disabilities graduate students are required to complete a field-based research seminar, which allows them to evaluate actual student learning environments and propose changes necessary to improve student learning. During the final semester, candidates must submit a comprehensive portfolio.
Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements:
To be admitted into the Curriculum and Instruction program at Nicholls, applicants should possess the following:
- A bachelor’s degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- A minimum GPA of 2.50 on the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework attempted.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Interview with program emphasis area faculty.
- A valid permanent-type teacher’s certificate.
- 18-24 hours in professional education as appropriate for the level selected.
- Special Education Liaison – mentoring teachers and working with special education services district-wide
- Special Education Director/Supervisor – manage student evaluation centers and oversee special education services district-wide
- ABA Specialist – with ABA option
- Educational Diagnostician – with EDC certification
High Incidence Disabilities program faculty:
Dr. Derek Shanman
119 Polk Hall
Dr. Dolleen-Day Keohane, Adjunct Professor