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Special Education Certificate

Program Code: 905224

The Special Education Certificate is a twelve-credit certificate designed in conjunction with the Paraeducator Associate Degree. The Special Education certificate is applicable for both new learners and people currently working in the field with persons with exceptionalities. Courses provide an overview to special education and persons with exceptionalities, practical classroom strategies to support learning for a variety of disability areas as well as techniques for guiding and managing behavior. Courses are delivered online.


Certificate Completers will be able to

• Model inclusion and classroom strategies.
• Create learning support materials for teachers.
• Develop social skills and peer relationships.
• Support student transitions.
• Work with children with behavior challenges.
• Discuss causes and characteristics of students with a variety of exceptional needs.
• Participate in individualized education program (IEP) meetings.
• Work with students with exceptional needs.

Completers will be able to apply credits toward the following programs:

• 105222, Paraeducator


Requirements for Certificate Entry:

• Completed application for certificate

Catalog No. Description
10-522-107 IA: OVERVIEW OF SPECIAL EDUCATION ...overview of the Special Education Law; special education classifications and associated causes and characteristics will be explored as well as state and federal qualification criteria will be examined. Societal responses to students with disabilities as well as the impact of a student with special needs on family dynamics will also be covered in this course.
10-522-109 IA: SPECIAL EDUCATION, EDUCATING THE WHOLE CHILD ...learners support communication, social, physical, occupational, transition and community needs of students with exceptionalities. Inclusive classroom strategies, differentiating instruction, working with challenging students, and creating teacher learning support materials. (This course requires 10 hours of observation in a special education classroom).
10-522-111 IA: GUIDING & MANAGING BEHAVIOR ...proactive, preventive classroom management, research-based concepts and strategies used to prevent behavior problems, creating positive classroom climate, building student relationships, enhancing motivation, responding to inappropriate behavior will be emphasized.
10-522-124 IA: SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES delivered to students with special education needs, supportive and related services, law, individual educational programs, various instructional formats, and alternative instructional techniques and programs. (Corequisite: 10-522-107, IA: Overview of Special Education)
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