Students have many opportunities to observe and participate in special education programs through practica.
First semester: Students are placed in a special education classroom and assist the teacher with a variety of instructional tasks
Second semester: Students are placed in programs serving their particular disability area.
Third and fourth semesters: Students work with small groups of students, providing individualized assessment and instructional activities for students at-risk or students with learning disabilities.
In addition to practica, students majoring in Special Education participate in two full semesters of intern teaching. This includes one semester in a general education setting and one semester in a special education setting. Intern teaching placements are made within prescribed areas of Southwest Michigan, within approximately 50 miles of WMU. Throughout each intern teaching experience, students participate on a weekly basis in an intern teaching seminar class.