Graduate Certificate in Special Education
The Graduate Certificate in Special Education is designed for individuals who want to become certificated special education teachers. This program expands teaching competencies by providing the theory, knowledge and practical experience in special education needed to serve children with disabilities and their families. Graduates of this program are eligible for an institutional recommendation for (a) an initial teaching certificate with a special education endorsement, or (b) a special education endorsement on an existing teaching certificate from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (EED). Students who are admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Special Education may apply to the MEd in Special Education. Courses applied to this certificate may also apply to the MEd in Special Education.
The Graduate Certificate in Special Education provides candidates with the specialized knowledge of assessment and intervention strategies that support the learning of children with exceptional learning needs for grades K-8 (Elementary) or grades 7-12 (Secondary). The graduate certificate program leads to an endorsement in special education on an existing teacher certification in the State of Alaska.
- Hold a valid teaching license.
- Complete the Admission Requirements for Graduate Certificates.
- Submit an application for the Graduate Certificate in Special Education program. Contact the School of Education Graduate Studies Department at (907) 786-4450.
Candidates must receive approval from their advisor prior to taking coursework from another institution intended to satisfy requirements for the graduate certificate.
The School of Education allows access to coursework through a variety of methodologies and delivery formats, including distance education. Candidates must have the technological knowledge, skills and access to engage in distance learning.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Graduate Certificates.
- Complete the following major requirements:
|EDSE A610||Clinical Assessment: Eligibility and Program Planning||3|
|EDSE A612||Curriculum and Strategies I: Low Incidence||3|
|EDSE A622||Curriculum and Strategies II: High Incidence||3|
|EDSE A623||Language and Literacy: Best Practices in Assessment and Intervention||3|
|EDSE A625||Teaching Mathematics to Special Learners||3|
|EDSE A692||Internship Seminar in Special Education Teaching||1-2|
|Complete one of the following concentrations:||9|
|Family Partnerships in Early Childhood Special Education|
or EDSE A623Y
|Strategies and Interventions: Preschool Special Education|
|Advanced Internship in Special Education: Elementary|
|Transition Services for Secondary Students with Disabilities|
|Advanced Internship in Special Education: Secondary|
A minimum of 25 credits is required for the degree.
Some courses in the special education program require field placements and/or internship placements. The School of Education does not guarantee placements as they are contingent on school district and agency partners. The university offers placements across the state of Alaska. Out-of-state placements will require additional approvals and are not guaranteed.
Admission to Special Education Internship (Student Teaching Experience)
Candidate must fulfill the following prior to being placed into an internship.
- Criminal history background clearance is required before the internship. Background checks take up to five months to process, so they must be initiated well in advance of the semester in which the candidate enrolls in the internship.
- Submit an application form for admission to Special Education Internship by the deadline. This includes passing scores on the Praxis II: Special Education Core Knowledge and Applications. Contact the School of Education Student Services office for fall and spring application deadlines at (907) 786-4401.
- Interview upon request.
State Approved Verification Form & Alaska Teacher Certification
Following are the requirements for a state-approved verification form for a special education certificate or endorsement.
- Completed all required courses with a minimum grade of C and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
- Completed internships and a professional portfolio documenting attainment of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards.
- Passed examinations required by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (AK-DEED) approved basic skills examination and the Praxis II content area(s).
Note Concerning Alaska Teaching Certification:
The state approved verification form for a special education endorsement will be at the grade range of the internship (i.e., Elementary (K-8) or Secondary (7-12)). The state approved verification form for special education endorsement on an existing teaching certificate will be at the grade range of that certificate. DEED may have additional requirements for certification/endorsement.
Additional requirements for teaching certification within the state of Alaska can be found at the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Student outcomes for the Special Education Graduate Certificate program are based on the professional standards of the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) located at www.cec.sped.org. Students who complete this program will be able to:
- Utilize a variety of assessments to identify specific areas of student strengths and weaknesses and use the results to guide instruction.
- Individualize instruction to meet the specific needs of students with disabilities in inclusive settings.
- Support and promote inclusiveness and equity for students.
- Apply the legal and ethical principles associated with special education.
- Promote a positive social environment for all students, particularly those with significant emotional and/or behavioral disorders.
- Develop and maintain an atmosphere of collaboration with teachers, parents, administrators, and paraprofessionals.
- Critically analyze and apply principles of research.
- Demonstrate literacy regarding theoretical perspectives associated with human development and learning.