CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Across the nation, there is a critical shortage of educators prepared to meet the specialized needs of students with low-incidence disabilities including severe/ multiple disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injuries and others with the most extensive support needs.
The College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is offering a transcripted certificate, consisting of three courses, to ensure that educators have the knowledge and skills to use high-quality assessment, instruction and intervention practices to foster student determination, empowerment and independence.
Currently, the FLIP Your LIDS (Future Leaders in Providing your Low-Incidence Disability Services) program is providing graduate tuition support for qualifying students. The deadline to apply for the FLIP Your LIDS program is Thursday, June 30, for the fall 2016 semester.
The program offers two options: one for new and existing special education majors seeking a master's degree and Low-Incidence Disabilities Transcripted Certificate; and one for graduate students in other programs seeking the transcripted certificate only (This option is available for previously-certified special education teachers and graduate students in education and other related fields).
Candidates may include spring 2016 TAMU-CC graduating seniors, current TAMU-CC graduate students and members of the public who are educators and/or prospective graduate students.
“This interdisciplinary program offers specialized training not only to special education educators, but those in a variety of fields including counseling, psychology, educational administration, general education, reading and other related areas,” said Dr. Karen McCaleb, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Development and Associate Professor of Special Education. “Typically, graduate students are in classes that consist of other students in that specific field of study. In these classes, professionals in different disciplines work together and share their discipline-specific perspectives in order to gain a stronger understanding of one another’s roles and develop collaborative strategies to better meet the unique needs of students.”
FLIP Your LIDS is a U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs grant-funded project.
For more information, visit http://flipyourlids.tamucc.edu/; call Dr. Karen McCaleb at 361.825.2449 or Dr. Phyllis Robertson at 361.825.3331; or email Karen.email@example.com or Phyllis.firstname.lastname@example.org.