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Teacher Training and Diversity

Diversity and General Education Teachers

Our general education prepares teachers to:

  • teach students with disabilities effectively
  • participate as a member of individualized education program teams
  • teach students with limited English proficiency effectively

The program prepares general education teachers to teach students with disabilities effectively by providing them with field experiences in regular education classrooms with identified special education students. This takes place within the inclusion model of the districts we place students in. These students with special needs are part of the regular classroom where modifications are made on a daily basis to provide them with the Least Restrictive Environment.

Field experiences are built in our Standards of Effective Practice courses as well as in each of the major license areas. These experiences are cumulative. In addition, all education students take, as part of the standards of effective practice, ED 3780 Adaptation and Management. This course addresses diversity, limited English Proficiency, Special Education Individual Education teams, Special Education students, and at risk students.

Students in our on campus block program are included in cultural diversity and Special Education in an additional field experience of 60 hours at Red Lake Elementary Schools. The online programs offer cultural experiences with the Chinese Immersion program in the Minneapolis/St. Paul School Districts. Field experiences vary within this program, but they often expand into other areas and include Special Education students, process and curriculum modifications.

Diversity and Special Education Teachers

Our program prepares Special Education teachers to:

  • teach students with disabilities effectively
  • participate as a member of individualized education program teams
  • teach students with limited English proficiency effectively

Our program prepares Special Education teachers to teach students with disabilities effectively by requiring clinical experiences in ten of the twelve courses in our licensure programs. Students are required to complete 20 hours of field experience in a variety of educational settings including regular education, Special Education, ESL, and diversity and within the context of a special setting. These field experiences are directed with clear goals and expectations defined in section 614 (d)(1)(B) of the Individuals with Disabilities Act.

Students are required to complete these experiences at elementary, middle and high school levels. Collaborative techniques are identified, strategies are implemented and reflections are written in response to each experience. Students take a due process course and are expected to participate in the IEP meeting for this course as well as others within the program. The program is a two year program so students are involved in these experiences at a minimum two years or longer, depending on their enrollment.

Minnesota State-Bemidji
Traditional Program
2008-09