The curriculum for the Developmental Disabilities K-12 License is 52 credits. Courses are designated as Standards of Effective Practice (SEP) courses, Special Education License Core (SPED) courses, and DD License (DD) courses. Students with a full professional teaching license take only the SPED and DD courses. Students with a qualifying special education license take only the DD courses.  All others take the SEP, SPED, and DD courses.

Standards of Effective Practice courses: 16 credits
EDUC594General Methods of Effective Instruction3
EDUC595School-wide Systems Field Experience1
EDUC621Foundations in Education3
EDUC624Introduction to Theories and Practices of Teaching and Learning3
EDUC663Understanding Diversity and Student Needs2
EDUC668Classroom Technology1
EDUC751Special Education Student Teaching Seminar3
Special Education License Core courses: 16 credits
SPED605Introduction to Special Education1
SPED608Introduction to Academic Instruction and Behavior Management for the Exceptional Learner2
SPED610Norm-Referenced Assessment3
SPED620Reading Foundations3
SPED621Reading Field Experience1
SPED625Special Education: Planning and Programming3
SPED670Special Education Assessment Field Experience1
SPED675Consultation, Collaboration & Resources2
DD License courses: 20 credits
SPED607Foundations of Developmental and Cognitive Disabilities/Intellectual Disabilities3
SPED615Instruction and Intervention for Students with Intellectual Disabilities3
SPED618Foundations of Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities3
SPED619Supporting Students with Intellectual Disabilities Across Systems3
SPED655Classroom-Based Assessment3
SPED674DD Field Experience1
SPED784DD: Student Teaching4
Total Credits52

Developmental Disabilities K–12 (DD) License add-on to ABS License

The curriculum for the DD License as an addition to an ABS license is 12 semester credits. 

SPED607Foundations of Developmental and Cognitive Disabilities/Intellectual Disabilities3
SPED615Instruction and Intervention for Students with Intellectual Disabilities3
SPED619Supporting Students with Intellectual Disabilities Across Systems3
SPED779DD: Practicum3
Total Credits12

Sample Course Sequence: Full DD License

This example includes the courses for a hypothetical student that starts in the Summer Session.

First Year
  SummerCredits
  EDUC621 Foundations in Education3
  EDUC668 Classroom Technology1
  EDUC624 Introduction to Theories and Practices of Teaching and Learning3
   7
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SPED620 Reading Foundations3SPED608 Introduction to Academic Instruction and Behavior Management for the Exceptional Learner2SPED625 Special Education: Planning and Programming3
SPED621 Reading Field Experience1SPED605 Introduction to Special Education1SPED675 Consultation, Collaboration Resources2
EDUC594 General Methods of Effective Instruction3SPED670 Special Education Assessment Field Experience1 
EDUC595 School-wide Systems Field Experience1SPED610 Norm-Referenced Assessment3 
EDUC663 Understanding Diversity and Student Needs2SPED655 Classroom-Based Assessment3 
 10 10 5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
SPED618 Foundations of Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities3SPED619 Supporting Students with Intellectual Disabilities Across Systems3 
SPED674 DD Field Experience1EDUC751 Special Education Student Teaching Seminar3 
SPED607 Foundations of Developmental and Cognitive Disabilities/Intellectual Disabilities3SPED784 DD: Student Teaching4 
SPED615 Instruction and Intervention for Students with Intellectual Disabilities3  
 10 10 
Total Credits: 52

Sample Course Sequence: DD License for Licensed General Education Teachers

This example includes the courses for a hypothetical student that starts in the Fall Semester.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SPED620 Reading Foundations3SPED608 Introduction to Academic Instruction and Behavior Management for the Exceptional Learner2SPED625 Special Education: Planning and Programming3
SPED621 Reading Field Experience1SPED605 Introduction to Special Education1SPED675 Consultation, Collaboration Resources2
 SPED670 Special Education Assessment Field Experience1 
 SPED610 Norm-Referenced Assessment3 
 SPED655 Classroom-Based Assessment3 
 4 10 5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
SPED618 Foundations of Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities3SPED619 Supporting Students with Intellectual Disabilities Across Systems3 
SPED674 DD Field Experience1SPED784 DD: Student Teaching4 
SPED607 Foundations of Developmental and Cognitive Disabilities/Intellectual Disabilities3  
SPED615 Instruction and Intervention for Students with Intellectual Disabilities3  
 10 7 
Total Credits: 36

Sample Course Sequence: DD License for Qualifying Licensed Special Education Teachers

This example includes the courses for a hypothetical student that starts in the Spring Semester.

First Year
 SpringCredits
 SPED655 Classroom-Based Assessment3
  3
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SPED618 Foundations of Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities3SPED619 Supporting Students with Intellectual Disabilities Across Systems3
SPED674 DD Field Experience1SPED784 DD: Student Teaching4
SPED607 Foundations of Developmental and Cognitive Disabilities/Intellectual Disabilities3 
SPED615 Instruction and Intervention for Students with Intellectual Disabilities3 
 10 7
Total Credits: 20

Sample Course Sequence: DD License add-on for Licensed ABS Teachers

This example includes the courses for a hypothetical student that starts in the Fall Semester.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SPED607 Foundations of Developmental and Cognitive Disabilities/Intellectual Disabilities3SPED619 Supporting Students with Intellectual Disabilities Across Systems3
SPED615 Instruction and Intervention for Students with Intellectual Disabilities3SPED779 DD: Practicum3
 6 6
Total Credits: 12