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Special Education

Special Education

Campus Location: 
Crete
School: 
College of Education
Overview

Visit the College of Education Undergraduate website.

A special education major helps prepare you for teaching children and youth with mild or moderate mental handicaps, learning disabilities or behavioral disorders. Teachers graduating from this program have certification for teaching kindergarten through 12th grade.

Students may obtain certification in both elementary education and special education. A coaching endorsement may also be added to the teaching majors.

The Doane University Education Program is known nationwide for its innovative, performance-based approach to teacher education based on a quality model of theory and developmental experiences.

Field Experience/Student Teaching

At Doane, students complete a minimum of 225 clock hours of clinical field experience prior to student teaching.

  • This field experience component is designed to engage the pre-service teacher in teaching and learning experiences in PK-12 classrooms during their sophomore and junior year.
  • These experiences can include lesson design and implementation, small group facilitation, and one-on-one instruction.
  • Student teaching is an extended ten to fourteen week experience in a PK-12 setting where each student has primary responsibility for a classroom during the senior year.  Each major or endorsement may extend into an additional student teaching experience.

Teacher Warranty / First Year Mentoring

Doane was the FIRST college/university in the nation to offer a warranty of its teacher education graduates to hiring school districts. The college will provide for first year teachers a Teacher Support System.

  • Employing school appoints a mentor
  • Area meetings of first year teachers
  • Individual site visits / in-person classroom visits
  • First year teachers opportunity to enroll in Beginning Teacher Seminar course

Master of Education Degree

Following graduation in the teacher education program, all students extend their training in a summer semester of graduate work

  • 12 credit hours of graduate work
  • Graduate classes give Doane students an advantage over other college graduates in credits toward a master's degree
  • Site-based, the M.Ed. is offered at numerous locations in Nebraska, allowing our students to finish their graduate degree with ease. 

 

Learning Environment

CampusThe Chab Weyers Education and Hixson Lied Art Building provides new offices and classrooms for Doane's nationally recognized education and art programs.  The new building is designed to inspire teaching and learning in a collaborative work environment. Color, texture, lighting and acoustics are used to create a comfortable and enriching setting for students, faculty and staff.

Four customized classrooms on the third level are one of the features of the education portion of the building. These specialized classrooms and adjacent faculty offices are used for elementary education, special education, middle school education and secondary education. Students can simulate classroom teaching with many of the resources found in the nation's top school districts. Additionally, material-rich support space is found throughout the Education Department for use in preparing their assignments.

Four lecture rooms capable of being combined into one large conference room are available as a campus resource on the second floor of the building. Seating and breakout space can be easily reconfigured for lectures and conferences. This upscale environment provides students and faculty with a venue to plan learning activities complementing classroom instruction.

Learn more about the Chab Weyers Education and Hixson Lied Art Building.

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