If you are pursuing the MEd in special education, you must complete a field-based, capstone experience – regardless of licensure needs. If you are just taking the courses needed for licensure, but not receiving a graduate degree, this does not apply to you.
Field-based, capstone experiences vary depending upon whether you wish to attain an initial teaching license via University of Lynchburg, or graduate without gaining an initial licensure via University of Lynchburg. Student teaching experiences for those seeking initial licensure through the University of Lynchburg are only available within 90 miles of Lynchburg.
Your options include:
SPED 691-692; 696-698 Internships (6 credits total)
For those students who are seeking their initial teaching license via University of Lynchburg.
SPED 694, Field Experience in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (3 credits)
For those who are completing the ASD certificate program. Students who are also completing their MEd programs (and are not seeking initial licensure via University of Lynchburg) are able to substitute SPED 694 for SPED 695.
SPED 695 Advanced Applications in Special Education (3 credits)
For those students who are either:
- Currently teaching, and who are seeking their initial license and/or endorsement via their Local Education Agency (LEA);
- Currently teaching, and who are fully licensed and endorsed. Students in this category must be employed as a special education or general education inclusion teacher in their respective schools;
- Not teaching, but intends to seek a teaching position in the near or distant future, but who does not wish to gain their teaching license via University of Lynchburg;
- No teaching, and has no intention of seeking employment in a school setting, and has no interest in seeking a teaching license; or
- An international student not seeking licensure.
The involvement of a cooperating teacher typically is not required for SPED 695.