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Designed to train individuals to mastery of a specific subject area, a graduate certificate is a higher education degree preparing students for productive careers or entry into a doctoral program. The length of a graduate certificate program is typically one year or less, allowing individuals to quickly earn the credentials they need.

What is a graduate certificate in special education? This program prepares individuals to work in a classroom environment as teachers to children with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. Coursework includes training and instruction in techniques and strategies for managing a special education environment. As the range of disabilities is diverse, instruction will also cover specific case types and methods to accommodate different special needs. Concepts include diagnostic assessment and monitoring progress, understanding auditory processing disorders, working with autism, and ethics and advocacy. More specialized areas of concentration are also available, including early childhood, visual impairment and deafness.

A graduate certificate in special education empowers one to pursue a noble and fulfilling career as a teacher making a positive impact in the lives of those students most in need. Special education training also cultivates patience, understanding and resourcefulness to manage children and adults outside of a classroom setting.

The length and cost of the program will vary depending on the institution. For specific information, prospective students are advised to inquire directly by contacting the admissions offices of any schools they are interested in.

The need for special education teachers is always vital, and demand has continued to grow as diagnostic tools have advanced and become better at identifying students with special needs from an early age. Teachers with expertise in working with autistic students are especially sought after. Job growth is highest in rural and inner-city areas with increasing enrollment and growing minority populations. In addition to working as teachers, those with backgrounds in special education may also go on to become counselors, psychologists and social workers.

For individuals requiring flexible schedules, online classes are available as a convenient option. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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University of Central Arkansas

Masters of Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership (30 Graduate Semester Hours) The Masters of Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership (ASTL) is a 30 graduate hour program ... [+]

Gifted and Talented Education Program

All Gifted and Talented Education courses are online, except GATE 6391 Advanced Practicum in Gifted Education (Summer and Fall Sessions). The summer session will meet four days during the STEMulate Academy at UCA and the fall session will meet on four Saturdays.

Those pursuing GATE as part of ASTL, SPED, Educational Specialist, or PhD in Leadership degrees should see those program webpages for their specific face-to-face requirements.

Gifted Course as an Elective

Looking for a great elective in your graduate program that will be beneficial to you and the students you teach? All teachers have identified gifted and talented students in their courses and have students that excel in one or more areas. Courses in the GATE program share strategies to engage advanced students in learning across multiple content areas. As an elective in your program of study, we would like to encourage you to consider taking one of the courses from the GATE program. Before enrolling in a course, you need to contact your department chair to ensure the GATE course meets your program’s elective requirements. To take additional GATE courses, you would need to be fully enrolled in the GATE program.... [-]

USA Conway
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
15 hours
Online & Campus Combined
University of Central Arkansas

Masters of Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership (30 Graduate Semester Hours) The Masters of Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership (ASTL) is a 30 graduate hour program ... [+]

Gifted and Talented Education Program All Gifted and Talented Education courses are online, except GATE 6391 Advanced Practicum in Gifted Education (Summer and Fall Sessions). The summer session will meet four days during the STEMulate Academy at UCA and the fall session will meet on four Saturdays.

Those pursuing GATE as part of ASTL, SPED, Educational Specialist, or PhD in Leadership degrees should see those program webpages for their specific face-to-face requirements.

Gifted Course as an Elective Looking for a great elective in your graduate program that will be beneficial to you and the students you teach? All teachers have identified gifted and talented students in their courses and have students that excel in one or more areas. Courses in the GATE program share strategies to engage advanced students in learning across multiple content areas. As an elective in your program of study, we would like to encourage you to consider taking one of the courses from the GATE program. Before enrolling in a course, you need to contact your department chair to ensure the GATE course meets your program’s elective requirements. To take additional GATE courses, you would need to be fully enrolled in the GATE program. ... [-]
USA Conway
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
15 hours
Campus
UMaineOnline (University of Maine)

This certificate program will provide a sequence of coursework based on a three-tier service delivery model consistent with requirements of federal and state law. Studen ... [+]

General Overview Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: RTI for Behavior Certificate

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a model that focuses on research-based methods of prevention and intervention combined with data-based decision making to improve student behavioral and academic outcomes. The purpose of this certificate is to provide a sequence of courses that prepare school personnel to lead the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of a three-tiered continuum of behavioral support and intervention in school settings. This certificate program will provide a sequence of coursework based on a three-tier service delivery model consistent with requirements of federal and state law. Students will have the knowledge and skills to provide support to students with intensive behavioral needs, provide leadership to their schools, serve as “coaches” in supporting school implementation in their schools.... [-]

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