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AASU Approved to Offer Online Certification in Special Education

Savannah, GA - The College of Education at Armstrong Atlantic State University has received the nod of approval from the Professional Standards Commission to establish a new certification program in Interrelated Special Education. The program will be delivered online to meet the growing demand for teachers with this credential throughout Georgia.

"Graduates of the program will receive Georgia teacher certification to teach children with one or more mental, behavioral, learning, or physical disabilities," said Pamela Harwood, head of the Department of Special Education.

Teachers prepared through the program will teach K-12 students with any of these disabilities who are assigned to special classrooms for all or part of the school day.

"Special education teachers collaborate with general education teachers and parents to develop and communicate individual education plans for special education and ‘medically fragile’ students," said Harwood.

The certification program will be offered as a series of ten modules, originally developed by Georgia Public Broadcasting for the Department of Juvenile Justice. The modules will be offered across the state at the graduate level for teachers who have a bachelor’s degree.

Special education ranks at the top of the list of fields with teacher shortages in Georgia and the nation. Data from the Georgia Department of Education show that throughout the 1990s the number of special education students has grown by more than 45,000 students in the state. The degree was created in response to what local school administrators in the service region of Armstrong Atlantic describe as an "urgent need" for this program.

For more information, call AASUs Department of Special Education at 961.3066.

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