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Certificate in Special Education: Exceptionality and Disability Studies

​​​Decades after the first federal legislation addressing the education of students with special needs, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), critical shortages of special education teachers are reported in most states. Internationally, the need for bringing awareness and education in exceptionality and special education is even more pronounced, with a worldwide challenge to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to education.

The fully-online, four-course Certificate in Exceptionality and Disability Studies will provide a foundation in special education to those interested in expanding their understanding of various types of disabilities and ways to address the needs of those students. Candidates should expect to complete the course sequence in one academic year.

Course Requirements​​

The four-course online Certificate in Exceptionality will provide a foundation in Special Education to those interested to expand their understanding of various types of disabilities and ways to address the needs of those students. Practitioners across the US, and around the world, will be able to identify characteristics of students with disabilities, ways to collect and analyze assessment data, as well as utilize this information in order to make instructional planning decisions. By successfully completing this certificate program, candidates will have a firm understanding of ways to accommodate children with high-incidence disabilities and make modifications for children with low-incidence disabilities. Educators can directly apply knowledge and skills to their classrooms.

Depending on licensure and endorsement requirements in different states, teachers already licensed in general education could use this course sequence to pursue an additional endorsement in special education. Some teachers may also use the coursework to advance their pay scale. Similarly, practitioners outside the US will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills, and apply current, best practices to international classrooms, and use this certificate to advance their career.

The curriculum for the Online Certificate in Exceptionality consists of four online courses.

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 440SURVEY OF EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS: PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATION4
SER 402INSTRUCTION AND DIFFERENTIATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 421FORMAL ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 409TEACHING STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES4

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