As the demand for teachers with special education skills continues to rise, incorporating a comprehensive special education component into your master’s experience will give you an added advantage once you become a professional educator. The Certificate of Completion in Special Education is an optional 12-credit program offered to MAT teacher candidates or to individuals who already have a current teaching certificate. It will prepare you to work effectively with children with disabilities or learning impairments, such as those with autism and other communication disorders.
The program emphasizes the importance of establishing an accepting and comfortable classroom environment for all students, regardless of their individual abilities. The curriculum is a mix of online and traditional courses and explores topics such as characteristics of students with learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders, and teaching in the inclusive classroom. You’ll also complete a 1-credit independent study project that you can design to reflect your particular interests and career goals.
Curriculum and Requirements
The Certificate of Completion in Special Education is a 12-credit option for MAT program teacher candidates or for external applicants who hold a current teaching certificate from an approved institution of higher education and/or are practicing teachers. The certificate is not a degree or licensure program. External candidates may earn the certificate by completing 12 credits of online special education courses as listed below. Current certified teachers interested in the Certificate of Completion in Special Education online program should contact QU Online.
For internal candidates for the certificate, 3 credits are earned as part of the required program of study for the MAT program. The additional 9 credits required for the Certificate of Completion in Special Education are earned through two 4-credit online courses offered during the J-term, and a 1-credit independent study to be completed during the final semester in the program.
MAT program candidates interested in the Certificate of Completion in Special Education should notify the coordinator of the Certificate of Completion in Special Education program by Sept. 1 of their senior year (or the start of the first semester for candidates in the 5-semester MAT program), as the first course in the optional program, SPED 545, is taken online during the J-term of the candidate’s senior year.
Program of Study
Introduction to the Exceptional Child
Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom
Select one of the following:
or SPED 566
Characteristics of Students with Emotional and Learning Disabilities
or Autism and Related Communication Disorders
Independent Research in Special Education (required)