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New! Post-Bacc Courses on Inclusive Classrooms

The number of special education students in regular classrooms in Pennsylvania has been increasing steadily over the last few years—currently there are more than 135,000 special education students in regular classrooms most of the day. To address these changes, the Penn State College of Education’s Special Education program has partnered with Continuing and Professional Education, a unit of Outreach, to produce a postbaccalaureate credit program titled Evidence-Based Practices for Inclusive Classrooms and Differentiating Instruction (EPIC), a five-course, 9-credit series designed to help teachers work with students with special needs.

By learning to use multiple teaching approaches in the classroom, teachers can help students gain more confidence in their own abilities and excel in their education. “Teachers need evidence-based practices to be successful with all students,” said Dr. Fran Warkomski of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) in the PDE. “EPIC will be outstanding for all teachers.”

The first EPIC course will begin June 16 at six Penn State campuses. Students should register by May 30 for Course 1, which is a prerequisite for all other classes in the series. The EPIC program can be completed in one year, but students may opt to finish the series over three years as well.
   
For more information, visit the EPIC Web Site, or call 814-865-9654.

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