Graduate Certificate Program Summary
The program is well-suited for graduate students who are preparing for a career in special education. General education teachers who have dual certification in special education, special education teachers, school psychologists, and speech-language pathologists would also benefit from the certificate, further developing their professional skills and improving their marketability.
This graduate certificate is offered by the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders.
Application checklist and deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission for a graduate certificate objective
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts confirming eligibility for graduate-level study, uploaded to MyRED (see transcript upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you hold an F1 visa: concurrent admission to a degree program, because a certificate alone is not sufficient for F1 status
See also: steps to admission.
Required by the department for this certificate
- Letter of intent
- Graduate certificate application
- Three letters of recommendation
- GPA of 3.0 or higher (undergraduate and/or graduate)
- Completion of at least one undergraduate or graduate course in special education with a grade of B or better
- Previous experience working in schools or community settings with students with ASDs or severe disabilities (preferred)
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
Application deadlineRolling admission. Applicants may submit completed application at any time. Students may be admitted for any semester.
The Autism Spectrum Disorders and Severe Disabilities graduate certificate is a 12 credit hour program. To earn the Certificate, participants must complete the requisite coursework with grades of B- or higher in all classes.
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