William Hitchings, PhD
Associate Professor, Graduate Special Education and Post
Over the past 10 years, community colleges, 4 year colleges and universities have seen a dramatic increase in the number of students with disabilities seeking to continue their education. And, this trend is expected to continue for some time. More and more institutions, both community and four year, are searching for qualified personnel to work with students who have disabilities and who, with additional assistance, can be successful.
In response to the need for qualified personnel, St. Ambrose University established the M.Ed. in Post Secondary Disability Services Program. This program is a 39 semester hour professional degree program built on the philosophy that special services for individuals should not stop at high school level, but should be available at the university and adult service level. Individuals can pursue one of two options: higher education and community agency. The college/university option addresses those wishing to pursue careers in disabilities service at the community college or four year college level. The second option focuses on providing training for individuals wishing to pursue a career in community services providing assistance to developmentally disabled adults.
Specific Materials Pertaining to P.S.D.S. Classes:
Sequence of Classes Offered (Not yet available)
SPED 660. Career
Management & Transitioning for the Disabled 3 credits
SPED 676. Assistive
Technology 2 credits
EDUC 710. Research
Methods 3 credits
EDUC 711. Research
Statistics 3 credits
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