All-Level Special Education

The All-Level (Early Childhood-12th grade) Special Education Certification Program (SED) is designed to prepare prospective educators to teach in a variety of settings with individuals with disabilities including children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities, as well those with severe and/or multiple disabilities. The program also focuses on preparing lesson plans, developing skills for consulting with classroom teachers and parents, and participating in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. Teacher certification candidates spend over 1300 hours in field-based placements having the opportunity to work with students of varying ages and with a variety of disabling conditions in a range of settings.  Students who graduate in this program will receive the Early Childhood through Sixth Grade Generalist Certification.

Program prerequisites:

Students must apply for admission to the Professional Development Sequence (PDS) by March 1 to enter in the fall semester. The SED PDS only begins in a fall semester. Admission requirements include presentation of a minimum 2.5 GPA on all coursework taken at UT Austin, completion of prerequisite coursework (M 316K and the Foundations Semester consisting of ALD 322, ALD 327, SED 376, SED 332), completed application by the stated deadlines, and selection by an Admissions Committee. At the time of entrance into the PDS, students may only be lacking up to a maximum of three semester hours of coursework outside of the professional development sequence courses.

A minimum UT GPA of 2.35 is required to register for the coursework in the Foundations Semester and only three classes remaining.

Degree plans:

Available catalogs: (14-16) PDF
(12-14) PDF
(10-12) PDF
(08-10) PDF

Four-year guide:

The first and second year course listings in these documents are to be used as guides to assist you with selecting a schedule, and should be used with the degree plan. These courses can be taken during the fall, spring or summer terms. Twelve to fifteen hours are recommended during the fall and spring semesters.

Students entering the Professional Development Sequence (PDS) should NOT have more than one class remaining on their degree plan. Students pursuing the All-Level Special Education Certification major typically begin the PDS at the start of the second semester of the second year. You are encouraged to consult with your Academic Advisor when finalizing your schedule each semester.

See this PDF for an example of what a typical four years in the All-Level Special Education degree plan will look like.

Create your own four-year plan using this PDF

Professional Development Sequence application:

This program only accepts applications for the Fall semester, deadline is on March 1.

Certification information:

Visit our Certifcation Homepage.

Last updated on August 1, 2014