Graduate Certificate Program Summary
The graduate certificate program is well-suited for educators who desire additional training for their current jobs as well as graduate students in related fields whose professions serve young children with disabilities. Non-teachers in fields such as physical, occupational or speech therapy,and psychology can enhance their work with young children and their families, further developing their professional skills and improving their marketability.
Teachers interested in adding ECSE specialization to their current teaching certificate should contact the ECSE Certificate Advisor who can provide information on an appropriate program of study leading to an ECSE endorsement.
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
- Department Graduate Certificate Application Form
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- GPA of 3.0 or higher (undergraduate and/or graduate)
- Completion of at least one course in special education with a grade of B or better
- Previous experience working in schools or community settings with young children or students with disabilities of any age (preferred)
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
Application deadlineAll: January 15
The Early Childhood Special Education 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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