How Aspiring Teachers Can Advocate For Inclusive Education

By Crissandra Ayroso

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In today's diverse classrooms, embracing inclusive education isn't just a goal; it's a necessity. Every student, regardless of ability or learning style, deserves the chance to succeed. 

Most, if not all, states across the US are experiencing a significant shortage of special education teachers, which threatens the quality of education provided for students with disabilities. The challenge is multifaceted, involving many factors, and the consequences can harm the education system. 

Creating inclusive classrooms is crucial because it promotes equity in education, fosters a sense of belonging among all students, and maximizes their potential by addressing diverse learning needs and abilities.

That's where Klassroom's Teacher Certification Program (TCP) Special Education stream steps in, equipping aspiring educators across the US with the tools and mindset to foster truly inclusive learning environments.

What is Inclusive Education?

Inclusive education goes beyond mere integration; it's about creating classrooms where every student feels valued, supported, and able to participate actively in their learning journey. 

It's about recognizing and celebrating the unique strengths and challenges of each learner, while also promoting collaboration, empathy, and mutual respect among peers.

Is TCP Specialized In Teaching For Inclusive Education?

Yes! If you're looking for a way to become a teacher in Special Education in under a year with a state-approved teacher certification program, TCP is for you.

Klassroom's Teacher Certification Program (TCP) is designed to help educators excel in inclusive classrooms. Through a combination of coursework, practical training, and ongoing support, TCP empowers teachers to:

  • Understand Diversity: TCP provides aspiring teachers with a deep understanding of diversity and inclusion, including the various factors that contribute to students' diverse identities and experiences.
  • Develop Inclusive Practices: TCP equips educators with evidence-based strategies for creating inclusive learning environments, from designing accessible lesson plans to fostering positive relationships with students and families.
  • Promote Equity: TCP emphasizes the importance of equity in education and provides teachers with the tools and resources they need to advocate for equitable policies and practices both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Embrace Continuous Learning: Inclusive education is an ongoing journey, and TCP encourages teachers to embrace lifelong learning and professional development to continually refine their practice and stay abreast of best practices in inclusive education.

What are the details and structure of TCP (Teacher Certification Program)?

TCP (Teacher Certification Program) is a flexible learning experience that includes core pedagogical coursework (TCP Core), essential special education content and pedagogy, and foundational content-focused curriculum (literacy and numeracy).

Candidates also complete an intensive clinical placement of at least 450 hours. When done consecutively, the entire process may be completed in under a year: TCP Core, Special Education content, and Clinical Placement.

You will be placed in a cohort with anywhere from 15 to 20 fellow TCP students as well as an online mentor, giving you the opportunity to connect during weekly lessons. Each week you will dedicate a minimum of 15-20 hours to your submissions, assignments, and discussions in order to meet the required deadlines and due dates.

There are five core modules in the course:

  • Module 1: The Role of the Teacher (3 weeks)
  • Module 2: Learner Development and Experience (4 weeks)
  • Module 3: Assessing Student Learning (6 weeks)
  • Module 4: Planning for Instruction and Instructional Strategies (5 weeks)
  • Module 5: The Role of a Special Education Teacher (3 weeks)

Plus your chosen stream coursework (Special Education Mild to Moderate Disabilities, K-12:

  • Literacy (5 weeks/45 hours)
  • Numeracy (3 weeks/45 hours)

Program course fees are $5,499 USD and you can choose between multiple payment options. Pre-qualify for the next cohort here.

How Do I Become A Special Education Teacher?

Klassroom’s Teacher Certification Program offers Special Education as a licensure pathway to help aspiring educators get licensed.

In Klassroom's TCP Special Education Mild to Moderate Disabilities, K-12 stream, teacher candidates will explore what it means to be a Special Education Teacher, through the lens of instruction, case management, and as a collaborative team member.

By championing the principles of inclusive education, Klassroom's TCP is not just preparing teachers to excel in today's classrooms; it's helping to build a more just, equitable, and inclusive society for future generations. Join us in empowering every learner to thrive, regardless of differences. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a Certified Special Education Teacher

What are the qualifications and requirements for enrolling in Klassroom's Teacher Certification Program?

Qualifications and requirements include a bachelor's degree in any field and passing scores on required subject-area exams.

How does Klassroom's TCP curriculum specifically address the needs of diverse learners in inclusive classrooms?

Klassroom's TCP curriculum addresses the needs of diverse learners by incorporating strategies for differentiation, culturally responsive teaching, and accommodations for students with disabilities.

Can participants in the TCP program specialize in other areas of education besides special education?

Yes, participants in the TCP program can specialize in other areas of education besides special education, such as elementary education, secondary education, or subject-specific endorsements.

 How does Klassroom's TCP compare to traditional teacher certification programs in terms of cost, duration, and flexibility?

Compared to traditional teacher certification programs, Klassroom's TCP offers lower costs, shorter duration (under a year), and greater flexibility with online coursework and clinical placements.

    What career opportunities are available to graduates of Klassroom's TCP, particularly in the field of special education?

    Graduates of Klassroom's TCP have career opportunities in various educational settings, including public and private schools, special education centers, and community organizations focused on disabilities services.

      How does Klassroom ensure that TCP graduates are prepared to meet the unique challenges and responsibilities of teaching in diverse classrooms?

      Klassroom ensures TCP graduates are prepared for diverse classrooms through coursework, practical training, and ongoing support, emphasizing inclusive teaching practices and cultural competence.

        Can current educators benefit from enrolling in Klassroom's TCP to enhance their skills and knowledge in inclusive education?

        Yes, current educators can benefit from enrolling in Klassroom's TCP to enhance their skills and knowledge in inclusive education through specialized coursework and opportunities for professional growth.

          What ongoing professional development opportunities does Klassroom offer to TCP alumni to support their continued growth and success in the field?

          Klassroom offers ongoing professional development opportunities to TCP alumni through webinars, workshops, and networking events, as well as access to updated resources and research in the field.

            How does Klassroom collaborate with schools, districts, and other educational organizations to promote inclusive education practices beyond its TCP program?

            Klassroom collaborates with schools, districts, and other educational organizations to promote inclusive education practices beyond its TCP program through partnerships, outreach initiatives, and shared resources and expertise.
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