The SPED program will be in place
beginning in fall 2014.
Randolph-Macon College will soon offer a Special Education track for
The final approval for the track, known as SPED, came from the Virginia Department
of Education on November 21, 2013. The new program will be in place beginning in
“Randolph-Macon College has long enjoyed a reputation for educating some of the
finest primary and secondary school teachers in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” says
Provost William T. Franz. “This new program enables us to extend that record of
excellence to the field of special education, providing even more opportunities
for our talented students and even more service to the Commonwealth.”
“Our students often ask us how they can become special educators,” says R-MC Education
Professor Amber Peacock, the director of field placements. “This new program will
offer students that opportunity; students who successfully complete the Special
Education track of the Education minor will be eligible to receive a Special Education,
General Curriculum, K-12 license from the Virginia Department of Education.”
This license will enable successful candidates to enter teaching at the elementary
and middle/secondary levels in Virginia public schools. Students in the program
will earn a bachelor’s degree with a major of their choice and a minor in education.
sociology would complement the proposed Special Education minor nicely,
but students can also select majors reflective of their specific content interest
(i.e., history, mathematics,
English, or a
foreign language), which would academically prepare them to seek a secondary
content-area endorsement should they desire to pursue it,” explains Peacock. “Students
could also graduate with both an Elementary and Special Education license. It would
be a challenge requiring carefully designed course sequencing, but a highly motivated
student could do it.”
The new curriculum was designed to align with the specific state-required competencies
for general curriculum special educators and standards of the Council of Exceptional
Children. In addition to coursework, the new program has a strong fieldwork component
that starts with the very first education class. Participants do not have to wait
until the student-teaching experience to rub shoulders with experienced special
educators and work with students; they will learn by doing right away.
“It is a rigorous program because teaching is important, rigorous professional work,”
says Peacock. “Ideal candidates are motivated and caring lifelong learners committed
to making a positive difference in the lives of exceptional students. We’re very
excited about this wonderful opportunity for Randolph-Macon students.”
The R-MC Education Department
With a strong tradition of preparing outstanding teachers, R-MC’s
education minor is a Virginia Department of Education approved educator
preparation program and is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.
The teacher preparation program at R-MC creates reflective, passionate educators
who are highly qualified in their content area and in 21st-century teaching skills.
Inspired by R-MC’s own dedicated teaching faculty, our graduates bring to their
own classrooms a commitment to children, youth, families and diversity.
With the first course in R-MC’s teacher preparation program, students are in the
community, working with real students and teachers in local school classrooms. R-MC
education courses fully integrate classroom and experiential learning, opportunities
for collaborative research, civic and global engagement, personalized guidance,
and leadership development.