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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.

Required Coursework

  • SER 440 Survey of Exceptional Learners: Psychology and education
  • SER 402 Instruction and Differentiation in Special Education
  • SER 421 Formal Assessment in Special Education
  • SER 409 Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities