Special Education - Curriculum Adaptation Spec
The Curriculum Adaptation program is a five-course sequence that prepares special education teachers to adapt, augment, and modify curricula to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
The Curriculum Adaptation program is typically completed as part of a Master of Science degree program in the Department of Special Education, combining core courses and electives. The program can also be taken as a stand-alone non-degree program. For additional information and advisement, please contact Megan Baxter or Jane Koscielak, Graduate Program Advisors.
This certificate requires 12-15 credit hours for completion.
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The Department of Special Education is one of the largest special education teacher preparation programs in the country. It has strong partnerships with school districts across the state, providing a wide range of clinical placements and collaborative opportunities.
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University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a graduate certificate program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
- present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
Resume and Cover Letter
Submit a current resume and a cover letter that outlines your professional goals.
Submit evidence of one year of successful teaching experience. This can come from an administrator or HR representative.
If you have less than a cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, submit your official GRE scores (use institution code 1319).
Letters of Recommendation
Submit the names and email addresses of two references for letters of recommendation within the online application.
Your letters should include the following:
- How long the reference has known you
- Information about your professional work experiences
- Characteristics you possess that will make you successful in a graduate program
Ensure your references know enough information about you and enough time to write a comprehensive letter.
Take a screenshot of your “my credentials” page from your Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) account. Make sure your name and endorsement(s) are visible. Submit the screenshot with your application.
Global Access to Online Degree Programs
When applying, international students applying to a fully online program must agree to our international online and hybrid programs disclosure and disclaimer statements. Due to limited on-campus courses, immigration documentation cannot be issued for students seeking F-1 or J-1 status.
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