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Master Teachers Program

Master Teachers



Professional Development


Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities

ACT(Accelerated Collaborative Teaching Program)

ACT student teachers participate in an intensive two-semester fieldwork and student teaching experience under the supervision of credentialed, experienced special educators. Students are part of a cohort that works collaboratively with students in the elementary and secondary teaching options.

Student Teaching Requirements

Preparatory Coursework

ACT students complete their fieldwork and student teaching while concurrently taking coursework to receive a special education credential. They are expected to develop a solid understanding of the skills and competencies of the special education professional while participating in their 2-semester experience.

Assessment of Student Teachers

Observation Requirements

Expected Competencies


ACT student teachers will be evaluated twice during each semester, by both their University Supervisor and their Cooperating Teacher.

Inclusive Experiences

ACT student teachers must participate in at least 25 hours of observation/participation in an inclusive classroom during their 2-semester experience.

Other Expectations

ACT student teachers are expected to observe and/or participate in assessment of students with disabilities, writing of IEPs, IEP meetings, SST meetings, and other responsibilities of the special educator during their student teaching experience.