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Special Education Major to be Offered

January 13, 2010, 12:29 pm
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Boosting its already well-known, highly respected teacher education program, Northwest Nazarene University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Samuel Dunn is pleased to announce the offering of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education.  The new major, launched this semester, is approved by the State of Idaho and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The special education program is designed for those who have the passion and heart for making a difference in the lives of special-needs children and youth.  The program will prepare qualified special education teachers to help students reach their full potential, and is filled with hands-on experience in area schools.  The four-year program will result in an Idaho Special Education Generalist K-12 Teacher Certification.  The program will help to fill a growing need for highly qualified special education teachers in this area.

Program objectives are clearly aligned with state standards, university outcomes, and the Education Department’s critical social-orientation to teacher preparation. Candidates completing NNU’s undergraduate special education program will have a solid grasp of knowledge, skills and dispositions in four domains of teaching:  planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction and professional responsibilities.

This program, like all education programs at NNU, is built on learner-centered principles. “Learner-centered teachers are those who keep what is best for the student at the center of all that they do. They have accepted the call to make a positive difference in the lives of their students through teaching and building positive relationships, and see their profession as not just a job but a ministry that requires the full engagement of heart, mind, and soul,” stated Director of the Special Education Program Dr. Karen Smucker.

Educators prepared at NNU are highly skilled in promoting student achievement and have a heart for students. They are willing to be life-long learners and should be able to work with other professionals to do whatever it takes to improve the quality of life for K-12 students. They advocate for students and are ready to become change agents when needed. They do whatever it takes to ensure academic success for all students.

For questions or further information concerning this special education major, please contact Dr. Karen Smucker atkksmucker@nnu.edu or 208-467-8357.


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