Webber to Offer Middle Grades and Special Education Degrees

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Webber International University is pleased to offer two new degrees in the field of education at its Babson Park, Florida campus. Students can now earn a B.A. in Middle Grades Education and a B.A. in Special Education based on the established curricula that have been offered for many years at Webber’s branch campus, St. Andrews University, in North Carolina.

The Middle Grades Teacher Education Program

The program prepares candidates to teach adolescents in grades 6-9.  Using current research and data regarding adolescent learners, candidates will develop the knowledge, skill and dispositions necessary to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences for middle grades students via the general education curriculum. The Middle Grades Education pre-service candidates will show evidence of skills for leading students towards participation in society and toward careers. The program is designed to help pre-service teachers expand middle grades learner skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative problem solving using a highly integrated approach to presenting the curriculum objectives.

Pre-service teachers will develop an awareness and competency in applying basic principles of curriculum planning and implement them according to the diverse needs of students within the middle school setting. They will participate in a variety of field experiences within the middle school and will habitually reflect on these experiences as a basis for decision-making and professional growth.  Candidates will demonstrate the use of technological tools both for planning, instruction and assessing, as well as the skills of data management.  These future teachers will explore the structure of the school as an institution and will learn skills in professional collaboration and leadership.

The Special Education Program

The degree program is designed to prepare educators to teach children with mild disabilities via the General K-12 Curriculum. Through participation in additional courses, the program also offers an option for add-on certification in Gifted Education for any education major or licensure only candidate. Pre-service teachers in Special Education will develop the knowledge, skill and dispositions necessary to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences for special needs students in special and general education settings. The pre-service Special Education teachers will show evidence of skills for leading students toward higher cognitive development stages.

Program objectives include pre-service teachers developing the knowledge and understanding necessary to become experts at teaching students with disabilities who are progressing through the General Curriculum (K-12); knowledge and understanding of Special Education laws and policies; and knowledge and understanding of human growth and development theories as they apply to students with disabilities. Candidates will develop an awareness and competency in applying basic principles of curriculum planning and implement them according to the diverse needs of students with disabilities. Pre-service teachers will participate in field experiences, practicums and community events related to students with disabilities (i.e. Special Olympics). They will habitually reflect on the experiences as a basis for decision-making and for professional growth.  Further, they will demonstrate the use of technological tools both for planning, instruction and assessing, as well as the skills of data management.

Webber International University is currently accepting applications for these degrees and interested students can apply online here.