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Certificate in Special Education

Our Certificate in Special Education is delivered 100% online, designed for curriculum directors, practicing teachers, educational and medical practitioners, school leaders, and those who seek to improve their understanding of Special Education and students with disabilities. You will have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the area of special education and to develop effective strategies for working with students with disabilities. This certificate is an elective option in our 100% online Master of Education program.

Features of our program

  • Four three-credit courses 
  • Convenient online course delivery to fit your schedule
  • Courses based on current learning theory, research and best practices
  • Learning modules that expand your skills and knowledge in the area of special education
  • Course projects and practices that can be applied in your setting, right away
  • Certificate credits can be applied toward:
    • Master's Degree in Education or
    • Special Education Academic and Behavioral Strategist License (if you are currently a licensed teacher in Minnesota)

Who should enroll in this certificate program?

  • School administrators
  • Classroom teachers
  • Allied health professionals that work in school settings and with students with disabilities (Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, School Nurse, School Social Workers)
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Other educational professionals
  • Others who would benefit from the curriculum 

Admissions requirements and checklist

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Expand and Collapse Elective Courses

Expand and Collapse EDU 5600 - Foundations of Special Education

Address the foundational knowledge necessary for teaching students with exceptionalities utilizing the principles of Universal Design. Topics include an introduction to disability laws, an overview of the special education process, historical and theoretical frameworks and legal mandates that have shaped the current field of special education, as well as the needs and characteristics of individuals with exceptionalities and an introduction to Universal Design. This is the first course in a series leading to eligibility for licensure in Minnesota as an Academic and Behavioral Strategist.

Expand and Collapse EDU 5630 - Collaboration Skills

Develop skills necessary for successfully communicating and collaborating with families, educators, related service providers and community resources specific to the programming needs of students with exceptionalities. Topics include ethics, knowledge and skills of collaboration, the application of collaboration for consultation, team membership, co-teaching, the supervision of paraprofessionals, and the impact of family and culture on communication and collaboration.

Expand and Collapse EDU 5640 - Behavior Theories, Analysis and Interventions

Focuses on the legal and ethical aspects of behavior management and positive behaviors and supports for students with exceptionalities. Students are prepared to conduct Functional Behavior Assessments and design and implement Behavior Intervention Plans that promote and enhance positive behavior.

Expand and Collapse EDU 5650 - Assessment Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Addresses the knowledge and skills related to assessment, evaluation, and eligibility for special education and related services of students with mild to moderate disabilities. Topics include norm referenced individualized test instruments, classroom based assessments, formal/informal assessments, basic statistics/measurement concepts, school-based definitions, criteria, characteristics and report writing.

Expand and Collapse EDU 5660 - Special Education Law

Explores the historical and legal aspects of the educational and due process rights of students with exceptionalities and their families. Students are prepared to design and implement Individualized Education Program plans and documents required by due process procedures and school systems.

Expand and Collapse EDU 5670 - Fundamental Characteristics of Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Develops a deeper understanding of skills and knowledge necessary for teaching students with mild to moderate exceptionalities. Topics include theories/practices for mild disabilities, support systems, current trends at local, state, national levels and impacts of culture, disability, and gender on identification.

Expand and Collapse EDU 5680 - Transitional Planning and Secondary Services for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Addresses the transition needs of students with disabilities, learning how to cover and implement transition systems. Topics include policies and legislation, transition assessments and paperwork, working collaboratively, transition IEPs and services, and setting up transition services in post school environments.

Expand and Collapse EDU 5690 - Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Focuses on classroom application of research-based strategies and interventions for learners with exceptionalities. Topics include: legal requirements and laws, Response to Intervention (RtI), Universal Design for Learning (UdL), instructional strategies and assessments for teaching reading, vocabulary spelling, handwriting and math, instructional technology and delivering and documenting educational services

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Tuition: $435/credit*

*Tuition rates are for the 2021-22 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.