College Corner: UMES Expands Special Education Course Offerings
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Our very own Erica Murphy sat down with Dr. Patricia Goslee from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to talk about the new certificate program they will be offering this summer in today’s segment of College Corner. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is launching a series of new courses this summer for professionals working in a variety settings with young people and adults who have special needs. The Program is designed to enhance the skills of educators currently working with students with disabilities within the public schools.
Dr. Patricia Goslee, who is the director of special education at UMES, told us the UMES’ new certificate program has two options; one for upperclassman pursuing baccalaureate degrees and a separate graduate-level curriculum. We learned that the latter was designed to appeal to social workers, nurses, police and school resource officers, and mental health workers in addition to current teachers in general content areas.
Dr. Goslee said the target audience for the undergraduate courses is students majoring in elementary education, those studying education content areas such as math, biology and English as well as those majoring in health care fields, social work, rehabilitation and criminal justice. She says, “We see the undergraduate courses as being an option for students who are looking for electives that will be of benefit on their transcripts when they graduate.”
The purpose of the program is to help build the knowledge base for teachers in providing specially designed instruction for students with disabilities. It will also give their students the option of getting a special education certificate added to their general education certification. Dr. Goslee notes that “approximately 55 percent of students with disabilities are educated in general education settings where educators are not highly skilled to work with this population.”
For more in formation and how and where to sign up for the new certificate program, just visit www.umes.edu. So hurry up and register, classes start July 8th.