Online Graduate Certificate – Special Education

Enrich your teaching career and grow your impact on the success of exceptional students in P-12 learning environments.

10/18/21 Next Application Due Date
11/1/21 Start Classes

Program Overview


Explore the EWU online Graduate Certificate – Special Education program benefits

$9,075* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
33 Credit Hours

Poise yourself to meet the demand for more qualified teachers who can provide inclusive education for learners with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities in the online Graduate Certificate – Special Education program from Eastern Washington University.

The rigorous curriculum for this special education certificate online program is aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards. You will complete internship and portfolio courses designed to develop your expertise in the practical application of evidence-based strategies that support positive learning outcomes for special education students in P-12 school settings.

With convenient, 100 percent online coursework led by experienced faculty who are dedicated to academic excellence, EWU gives you the flexibility to earn your add-on certificate in special education in as few as eight months.

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In this online special education program, you will learn to:

  • demonstrate mastery of the issues and challenges in special education;
  • collaborate with teachers, families and staff in delivery of special education services to students;
  • apply learnings and knowledge to the development and execution of special education planning for students.
  • demonstrate mastery of the issues and challenges in special education;
  • collaborate with teachers, families and staff in delivery of special education services to students;
  • apply learnings and knowledge to the development and execution of special education planning for students.

Also available online:

If you are interested in pursuing your master’s degree, completed courses in this certificate program can help you earn your online Master of Education – Special Education from EWU.

$9,075* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
33 Credit Hours

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences educator programs are approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB).

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Tuition


This online certificate from EWU is more affordable than you might expect

This online Graduate Certificate – Special Education program features pay-by-the-course tuition, with the same rate for all in-state and out-of-state students.

Tuition breakdown:

$275 Per Credit Hour
$9,075* Total Tuition

*Tuition and fees subject to change. Total program cost does not include foundation courses. If foundation courses are required, the cost will be added to the total program cost.

Tuition breakdown:

$275 Per Credit Hour
$9,075* Total Tuition

Calendar


Take note of important program milestones

The online Graduate Certificate – Special Education program is designed to be flexible for working professionals, with six-week courses and seven start dates a year. View the full calendar for upcoming start dates and deadlines for registration, required documents, and tuition payment.

Now enrolling:

10/18/21 Next Application Deadline
11/1/21 Start Classes
TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class Day
Fall I9/20/219/3/219/13/219/15/219/18/2110/31/21
Fall II11/1/2110/18/2110/25/2110/27/2110/30/2112/12/21
Winter I1/3/2212/16/2112/23/2112/28/211/1/222/13/22
Winter II2/14/221/31/222/7/222/9/222/12/223/27/22
Spring I4/4/223/21/223/28/223/30/224/2/225/15/22
Spring II5/16/225/2/225/9/225/11/225/14/226/26/22
Summer I7/11/226/24/227/1/227/6/227/9/228/21/22
Fall I9/19/229/2/229/12/229/14/229/17/2210/30/22
Fall II10/31/2210/17/2210/24/2210/26/2210/29/2212/11/22

Now enrolling:

10/18/21 Next Application Deadline
11/1/21 Start Classes

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Admissions


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We’ve streamlined the online Graduate Certificate – Special Education admissions process to help you get started quickly and easily.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester-graded undergraduate credits

Online Graduate Certificate – Special Education Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester-graded undergraduate credits
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended
  • Professional resume

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This offering is available as an endorsement program for those teachers who hold or who have held an initial, residency, continuing or professional teaching certificate in the state of Washington. If you do not hold a teaching certificate in Washington or do not hold a teaching certificate at all, you are still encouraged to apply. Please note however that this will not lead to a teaching certificate in Washington. Additionally, this program may satisfy the requirements for states other than Washington. Please check with your applicable licensing board to determine whether this program satisfies requirements for licensure in the state in which you reside. For information on certification in the state of Washington, please contact Jill Stinson, Certification Officer, at [email protected]. For current contact information for applicable licensing boards, please refer to our State Authorization page or contact Dianne Selcho at [email protected].

Please note, however, that this will not lead to a teaching certificate in Washington. If you are looking for an initial teaching certificate, please visit the School of Education’s webpage.

Courses


Discover more about our online Graduate Certificate – Special Education coursework

In order to earn the EWU online Graduate Certificate – Special Education, you must complete ten courses for a total of 33 credit hours.

Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course provides an overview of special education services; special education legislation; historical backgrounds; educational approaches; etiologies of disabilities; characteristics of individuals with disabilities; key elements of the RTI/MTSS process; locating, researching, and selecting academic and behavioral evidence-based practices
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course provides fundamental knowledge and experiences for understanding human behavior in general and classroom behavior in specific. Principles of behavior will be discussed at length along with school-wide and classroom-based management systems.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course will give students the knowledge and skills of evidence-based teaching methods and academic intervention programs that are commonly used with students with mild/moderate disabilities to teach reading, writing, spelling, and math. This includes use of explicit instruction, differentiated instruction, and specific academic intervention programs.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course will focus on instructional strategies, including modifications and accommodations, for students with severe disabilities and autism. This will include Standards-Based IEPs, Evidence-Based Practices, Progress Monitoring, and Alternate Assessment, working with related service providers, and meeting student’s physical, sensory, and health care needs.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course will focus on the assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation of students for special education services, which includes the knowledge and skills to evaluate, interpret, select, develop, and use formal and informal assessment tools to make decisions about special education services delivery.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course will give students the knowledge and skills to participate in the writing of legally compliant Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), including transition IEPs, that reflect best practices in the field of special education. Collaboration with students, educators, parents, and community agencies in this process will be emphasized.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
The purpose of this three-session internship course (you will take 2-credits of EDUC 695 across 3 separate sessions for a total of 6 credits) is to facilitate the development of your program-required portfolio as well as to ensure you meet State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board Endorsement Competencies required for state certification.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
The purpose of this three-session internship course (you will take 2-credits of EDUC 695 across 3 separate sessions for a total of 6 credits) is to facilitate the development of your program-required portfolio as well as to ensure you meet State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board Endorsement Competencies required for state certification.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
The purpose of this three-session internship course (you will take 2-credits of EDUC 695 across 3 separate sessions for a total of 6 credits) is to facilitate the development of your program-required portfolio as well as to ensure you meet State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board Endorsement Competencies required for state certification.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
The purpose of this course is for the student to prepare reflections and evidence to document her/his knowledge and competence in the Washington State Special Education Competencies for an add-on endorsement in special education as established by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). The student provides a formal presentation of her/his electronic portfolio as a culminating experience in the program. Pre-requisites: SPED 500, SPED 510, SPED 510, SPED 515, SPED 530, SPED 540, SPED 550, SPED 560, EDUC 695.

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