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Special Education Certificate
The challenge of working with exceptional students requires teachers with extraordinary gifts. If you’re currently a P-12 classroom teacher seeking to become a P-12 special education generalist in Colorado or Nevada, our Special Education Certificate program may be a great option for you.
Coursework in this program will introduce you to methodologies used in teaching learners with special needs from early childhood on. You’ll also work on assessment practices, curriculum development, and strategies for maintaining an effective learning environment for exceptional children. Nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the curriculum blends academic theory with relevant coursework and field experience to prepare you for certification as a special education generalist.
What you'll learn
Make an informed choice
We believe that students and families should be prepared financially for college and understand gainful employment opportunities before starting any program. So we want to ensure you have the information you need to make an informed choice - information like what it will cost, the skills you'll learn through your chosen program, and the types of occupations the program prepares you for.View the Graduate Special Education Certificate gainful employment disclosures.
How to afford your degree
Find out how you may be able to lower your out-of pocket expenses and what options may be available to help you fund your education.
The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.
The curriculum of the Special Education Certificate consists of 31-32 credit hours, depending on your state of residence. Admissions and program requirements vary by state. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for state and/or program specific information.
You can count on a full range of resources
Even if you’re enrolling in one of our many certificate programs, you’ll still enjoy the same broad array of services and resources as our degree students. Throughout your educational journey, your personal representatives are there for you – ensuring you’re in class and getting the most out of it. And Technical Support is available 24/7 (except major holidays) for any concerns or questions you might have about your Student Website.
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From finding the right college to finding time for your other work and family responsibilities - we know you have a lot on your mind. That's why we offer the tools you need to better understand your financial commitment and the Finance Advisors who can help you understand your options.
How much will it cost?
Knowing your cost commitment up-front can help you successfully plan for your degree program.
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Fees may be non-refundable. Students pay tuition on a course-by-course basis. All tuition and fees of the University are subject to change.
Prior Learning Assessment
Learn about how you can fulfill some credit requirements from prior experience, professional training, licenses, certificates and transcripts from previously attended colleges and institutions.
Federal Financial Aid Plan
Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.
Under the Third-Party Billing Plan, University of Phoenix directly bills an approved employer for a student's tuition. To find out if your company supports direct bill, speak to your human resources department or one of our advisors.
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How can I use my Military benefits?
Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.
The Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program
With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.
Montgomery GI Bill
Post 9/11 GI Bill
If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits.
Active Duty Spouse Benefits
As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.
Benefits of this degree program
Learn from others’ experience
Our College of Education faculty members have advanced degrees and professional experience in P-12 education with a cumulative average of more than 16 years in the areas they teach. Those who teach initial, teacher-preparation and advanced teacher degree programs also hold current teaching credentials in their home state. Among our faculty are 61 department chairs, 430 principals and 1,800 teachers—all of whom are ready to share proven methods in the classroom to help you succeed in yours.
Get personalized assistance for student teaching placement
Teacher Education Specialists and our Center for Field Placement support our online students preparing for state certification requirements prior to graduation. Campus-based students enjoy one-on-one support from local academic advisors.
Demonstrate your mastery of curriculum, instruction and assessment
As a College of Education student, you'll get a subscription to the TaskStream® e-Portfolio system. This web-based system features state-specific standards, and allows you to develop, then showcase samples of your lesson plans and projects.
Keep current in technology skills that speak to today’s learners
College of Education students and faculty have access to our Technology Resource Library , providing access to lesson plans, tutorials and other resources for the latest teaching technologies. Gain deeper understanding of the tools needed to connect with today's technologically savvy students.
Try out new ideas as you learn
Our innovative Virtual School is an online tool you can use to apply what you’re learning in class to a simulated environment for a deeper understanding of “what if?”
TaskStream is a registered trademark of TaskStream LLC.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
In addition to the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, College of Education graduating students are intended to attain certain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by the time you complete this program.
Review the program student learning outcomes (PDF) report for the Special Education Certificate program.
"Impacting student learning, one educator at a time"
Driven by this mission, our elementary education degree prepares future teachers and current educators to become effective leaders in the elementary school classroom — and beyond.
A student-centered learning experience
Each course is led by an experienced faculty member in a collaborative team forum in which you and your classmates actively share information and directly apply new ideas to your professional experience.