FLORENCE – In a cooperative effort, the departments of education and psychology at Francis Marion University and schools and organizations in the Florence community, have developed a summer program to help teachers complete mental retardation and learning disabilities certification requirements in only two summer sessions.
Register now for enrollment in summer sessions I and II (June 9 - July 12 and July 14 - Aug. 13), when the courses will be offered in a block format. The University has formed partnerships for practicum opportunities with Florence School District One’s year-long school program and the Florence County Disabilities and Special Needs Board.
The summer program also helps address the severe teaching shortage in South Carolina and the Pee Dee area, where schools are experiencing a shortage of teachers qualified to teach some of the region’s most challenged students.
In addition to direct teaching experience with mentally handicapped and learning disabled students, participants in the certification program will utilize FMU’s Innovation Place, a 20-computer lab equipped with state of the art teaching and multimedia instructional technology.
FMU professors are graduates of top programs in the nation and have credible experience in their fields.
Requirements for state certification in teaching students with mental retardation, or with learning disabilities, consists of holding a bachelor’s degree; possessing a South Carolina professional certificate at the elementary, middle school or secondary level; scoring the minimum on the National Teacher Examinations, Praxis II, (minimum score of 590 on the Education of Students with Mental Retardation Teaching Area Examination or 670 on the Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities Area Examination); and preparing specially to teach the mentally handicapped or the learning disabled.
Courses offered at FMU during Summer I (June 9 - July 12) include Introduction to the Exceptional Child, Characteristics of Learning Disabilities, Psychology of the Mentally Retarded & Developmentally Disabled, and Learning and Cognition.
Courses offered at FMU during Summer II (July 14-Aug. 13) include Learning, Methods in Instruction of the Mentally Retarded, Practicum in Instruction of the Mentally Retarded, Educational Procedures for Learning Disabilities, and Practicum in Instruction with Learning Disabilities.
Walk in registration is June 8-10 for Summer I and July 13-15 for Summer II. For more information, or to obtain an application or course schedule, contact the FMU Office of Admissions at 843-661-1231.
For more information about the MR and LD teacher certification programs at FMU, contact Dr. Michael L. Daniel, FMU Department of Education at 843-661-1561 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.