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Special Education Certificate of Completion (online)

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Foster an inclusive classroom where students can thrive

As litigation calls for additional support to create the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for students with special needs, inclusive classrooms have become the expectation in today’s education system. Currently, many states only require one special education course as part of teacher preparation programs, leaving many educators ill-equipped to create a comfortable learning environment that stimulates each child’s unique abilities.

Quinnipiac designed its Special Education Certificate of Completion to provide general education teachers and pre-service candidates with actionable skills and strategies for differentiation, collaboration and accommodation. The program’s coursework provides students with a deeper understanding of the exceptional child and introduces them to creating and teaching in an inclusive classroom. Students also have the opportunity to explore autism spectrum disorders or specific learning disabilities before completing a final independent study as part of their capstone.

Please note that this is a certificate of completion and is not a certification/licensure to teach special education. However, credits earned as part of this certificate may be applied to the MS in Special Education leading to cross-endorsement (CT #165) upon acceptance into the program. Students interested in pursuing this route are encouraged to take both electives offered in the certificate.

About Online Learning

Flexible scheduling meets world-class education

Online learning with Quinnipiac University delivers the guided educational experience of a traditional, instructor-led environment coupled with the schedule flexibility needed for adult learners to succeed. Innovative teaching methods and asynchronous classes enable students to work at their own pace, while also enjoying peer interaction and a collaborative learning experience to maximize their learning outcomes.

Curriculum and Requirements

Special Education Certificate of Completion
Program of Study

Required Courses
SPED 545Introduction to the Exceptional Child4
SPED 552Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom3
SPED 567Independent Research in Special Education (required)1
Select one of the following:4
SPED 565
Specific Learning Disabilities: Identification, Instruction and Assessment (LD)
SPED 566
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Total Credits12

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