College of Education and Professional Studies
Black Hall, room 205
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Faculty and Staff
Carol Butterfield, PhD
Daniel Fennerty, EdD
Carol Butterfield, PhD, elementary education, literacy, bilingual education, TESL
Dan Fennerty, EdD, special education
Connie Lambert, PhD, special education
Janet Finke, PhD, literacy
Terrance McCain, PhD, bilingual education, TESL
Andrea C. Sledge, PhD, literacy
Yukari Amos, PhD, bilingual education
YiShan Lea, EdD, bilingual education, TESL
Cristina Santamaria, PhD, special education
Janet Spybrook, Ed D, special education
Sharryn Walker, PhD, literacy
Sandra Wentworth, PhD, special education
Judy Backlund, MA, Literacy, TESL
Major and/or minor programs in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Education include bilingual education/teaching English as a second language (TESL), literacy, and special education. The courses in these programs are designated by the course prefixes EDBL, EDLT, and EDSE, respectively.
In addition to major and/or minor in LLSE, students must complete the Professional Education Program. Students choosing to complete a major or minor without completing the Professional Education Program must have program approval at the time of declaration.
Students completing a special education major or minor must complete EDCS 424 if they are pursuing a secondary discipline-specific teaching major (or EDLT 308 for those also seeking an elementary-specific teaching major) as part of the Professional Education Program. All students completing a secondary discipline-specific program must complete EDCS 424. All other education department majors or minors do not require the completion of this course. Also, at least 75 percent of the endorsable major or minor must be completed prior to EDCS 442, Student Teaching.
All students completing an educational endorsement must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher for the last 45 graded credits. Students must also earn a minimum grade of C in all required education courses.
Special Education Majors
The special education majors offered are specifically designed to prepare teachers for meeting the diverse competencies required for teaching individuals with disabilities. Students electing special education teaching must follow one of the outlined programs. EDSE 302 must be taken prior to or concurrently with EDSE 311.