Graduate Certificate Program in Special Education

Top Graduate Certificate Programs in Special Education

Special Education

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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Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education (hybrid)

University of Central Arkansas
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 15 hours September 2019 USA Conway + 1 more

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 of study leading to eligibility to add P-12 gifted and talented education licensure to existing Arkansas teacher license. [+]

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.... [-]


Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education

University of Central Arkansas
Campus Full time Part time 15 hours September 2019 USA Conway + 1 more

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 of study leading to eligibility to add P-12 gifted and talented education licensure to existing Arkansas teacher license. [+]

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. ... [-]

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: RTI for Behavior

UMaineOnline (University of Maine)
Online Full time Part time September 2019 USA Orono

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. [+]

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.... [-]


Deafblind Graduate Certificate

Texas Tech University Worldwide eLearning
Online Full time Part time 15 hours January 2019 USA USA Online + 1 more

The coursework for the Deafblind Graduate Certificate is available both as a stand-alone certificate or an area of emphasis with the Master of Education in Special Education. [+]

Deafblind Graduate Certificate

The coursework for the Deafblind Graduate Certificate is available both as a stand-alone certificate or an area of emphasis with the Master of Education in Special Education. One weekend of on-campus instruction serves as a supplement to your online education, ensuring that you get the best of both worlds: a program you can complete from wherever you are and a personal relationship with instructors and other students.

Program Description

Graduate certificates are intended to meet the supplemental post-baccalaureate education needs of professionals. A graduate certificate program is a set of courses that provides in-depth knowledge in a subject matter. The set of courses provides a coherent knowledge base.... [-]


Autism Graduate Certificate Program

Texas Tech University Worldwide eLearning
Online Full time Part time 15 hours January 2019 USA USA Online + 1 more

The coursework for a Certificate in Autism is available both as a stand-alone certificate or an area of emphasis with the Master of Education in Special Education. Either way, the classes are completely online. [+]

Autism Graduate Certificate Program

The coursework for a Certificate in Autism is available both as a stand-alone certificate or an area of emphasis with the Master of Education in Special Education. Either way, the classes are completely online.

Program Description

Graduate certificates are intended to meet the supplemental post-baccalaureate education needs of professionals. A graduate certificate program is a set of courses that provides in-depth knowledge in a subject matter. The set of courses provides a coherent knowledge base.

Program Overview 15 credit hours Coursework is completed online Prerequisite: bachelor's degree Completion time varies. Students may take up to three classes each semester and two each summer session, making completion time vary by individual. Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year. Coursework can be paired with a Master of Education in Special Education Application Process ... [-]

Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate

Texas Tech University Worldwide eLearning
Online Full time 1 year January 2019 USA USA Online

Texas Tech University's College of Education offers an online Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate that is designed to meet the BCBA® programmatic requirements. The coursework is available as a stand-alone certificate or as an area of emphasis with an online Master of Education in Special Education. [+]

Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate

Accepting New Students for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Texas Tech University's College of Education offers an online Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate that is designed to meet the BCBA® programmatic requirements. The coursework is available as a stand-alone certificate or as an area of emphasis with an online Master of Education in Special Education.

Program Overview 18 credit hours Coursework completed online Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree Completion time is approximately one year. Students must complete EDSP 5303 before taking additional courses in the sequence. No more than two courses in the sequence may be taken simultaneously. Once admitted, students will be assigned a cohort for completing the course sequence. Application Process ... [-]