Carroll College, Helena Montana
Carroll Special Education Students

Special Education

Special Education Program

The teacher education unit's mission is to prepare students for lifelong learning, developing future educators' intellect, imagination, self confidence, and motivation, while preparing them for the teaching profession. Students investigate, reflect, analyze, and judge reality and truth through inquiry and discussion. Committed to educating each student as a total human being, the teacher education unit helps students to receive, respond to, organize, and characterize values. Specifically, students develop values about teaching, society, health behaviors, moral issues, education, and political influences.

We ask our students to think boldly about the opportunities and responsibilities presented to us by a rapidly changing world. Students within the department are encouraged to live Carroll College's mission by participating in community service and by interacting with children and adults from diverse cultural, religious, economic, and intellectual backgrounds. The teacher education unit advances this mission as it works within the conceptual framework of Carroll College's teacher education unit. That framework is built upon a liberal arts education, structured by traditional educational philosophies, and embraced by an atmosphere of dignity, which values justice of all persons. 

Goals and Objectives
The goal of Carroll College's teacher education program is to assist students in developing teaching competencies in their chosen fields and help them become educational leaders capable of responding to their students' individual needs. Teacher education graduates will demonstrate competence in the 10 INTASC standards, as well as three additional Montana standards. The following dispositions, skills, and knowledge are to be viewed in conjunction with specific goals and objectives established for the college and for each required professional education course.


I. Minor/Professional Education Program Requirements
SPED 300 Introduction to Exceptional Children
SPED 304 Students with High Incidence Disabilities
SPED 305 Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
SPED 306 Collaboration and Conferencing for Special Educators
SPED 323 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
SPED 408 Methods for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities

II. Other Program Requirements
ED 305 Classroom Management
ED 324 Diagnostic-Based Interventions in Literacy Instruction
ED 412 Measurement and Assessment in Teaching
PSY 227 Child Psychology
and PSY 228 Adolescent Psychology
or PSY 105 General Psychology
and PSY 203 Developmental Psychology

III. Teacher Licensure
To obtain teacher licensure in special education, a student must complete: ED 408 Student Teaching in the Minor Area or ED 410 Student Teaching

IV. Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching 
Teacher Education Program: Students pursuing academic programs that lead to teacher licensure must seek admission to the teacher education program by the end of their sophomore year.
Student Teaching: In the spring of the junior year, all pre-service teachers must seek admission to student teaching.


1. All Special Education (K-12) students must meet the following requirements: 1) earn a grade of "C" or better in all Professional Education Requirements, Minor Program Requirements, and Other Program Requirements: 2) earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average, and 3) earn a minimum 2.65 grade point average in Minor Program Requirements, Other Program Requirements, and Professional Education Requirements.

2. See Secondary Education Requirements and Professional Education Requirements for Secondary Education.