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NIU offers new course for bilingual special education licensure

April 10, 2014
Chris Carger

Chris Carger

The NIU College of Education’s Department of Literacy Education will offer a new graduate-level course for the fall 2014 semester titled “Methods and Materials for English Learners with Disabilities” (LTIC 555).

LTIC 555 will focus on preparing teachers to work with bilingual students who have special needs. Graduate students and students-at-large will gain valuable insight into the critical need to differentiate between second language learners’ special needs and their linguistic needs.

The course is required for those seeking bilingual special education licensure in Illinois.

Chris Carger, who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s literature and bilingualism and reading, has developed the LTIC 555 curriculum over the past two years.

“Special education teachers, bilingual/ESL teachers and Response to Intervention providers will really benefit from taking this course,” she said. “Teachers with bilingual special education licensure are in demand in Illinois.”

Students-at-large can register for fall 2014 semester classes beginning Thursday, April 17.

For more information, contact Gail Schumacher, graduate adviser in the Department of Literacy Education, at [email protected].