Special Education Boot Camp: A Pathway to Special Education Certification
The Non-Traditional Route to Special Education Teacher Certification allows individuals with a minimum bachelor’s degree to obtain a special education certification.
Candidates complete a 150-hour program with 120 hours of special education training known as “Boot Camp” and 30 hours of field experience.
Upon completion, the State Board of Education will issue a one-year provisional certificate to teach mild/moderate or severe/profound disabilities in grades PreK-12.
Candidates who meet the following criteria may attend Western Heights Boot Camp at no cost:
- Have earned any four-year degree from an institution of higher education holding regional accreditation;
- Have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher from a previous degree program;
- Have a recommendation from a representative at a school or institution of higher education;
- Able to pass a national background check;
- Committed to completing 18 hours toward a Master's Degree in Special Education within three years.
What to Expect
- OSDE asynchronous curriculum modules on the Canvas platform.
- Four synchronous classroom learning days.
- Field experience requirements available during summer school.
How to Enroll
Contact Jill Hilst, Director of Special Services, for an application form.
- Email | email@example.com
- Phone | (405) 261-6730 Important Dates
The enrollment deadline is May 24th | Class begins May 29th.
- Friday dates (9:00 - Noon) | June 2nd, June 9th, June 16th, and June 23rd.
- The last day of the course is July 2nd.*
- *Field experience hours are due within 30 days after the last day