Special Education — Learning Disabilities

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Special Education at Alma College:

Considering a career in special education?

Experiential Learning

As a elementary or secondary teacher candidate seeking a special education endorsement, you will have at least three (3) special education classroom experiences prior to student teaching. These build sequentially, based on program levels, allowing you to develop and refine your professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions as you progress through the program and prepare for student teaching. You will usually have your first experience in your first year. The student teaching term is 14 weeks long, 8 weeks in a classroom setting (resource room) with a Learning Disabilities endorsed teacher and 6 weeks in cross-categorical rooms. Learn more about Field Placements and Student Teaching on the Current Student Resources page. 

Service learning opportunities include working with the Dr. Yates and the Honorable Judge Kristen Bakker, Gratiot County Juvenile Court Judge and her staff to create and teach PBIS lessons to students from the Gratiot County Juvenile Court System.

You will also have opportunities for International Teaching Experiences through Spring Terms and P-Global and Venture Grants.