Become a leader in advanced behavioral interventions critical in today’s classroom. Special educators play an essential role in the school community, and the need to stay current with research-based practices in the field is critical.
This Graduate Certificate in Special Education explores the latest strategies for helping students with a wide range of special needs. While gaining advanced skills that are immediately applicable in the classroom and your school and exploring Functional Behavior Analysis, you’ll study how to develop effective learning and behavioral interventions, differentiate instruction, provide ability-appropriate accommodations, and collaborate with fellow educators to help special needs students meet their full potential.
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If getting to the next level is part of your plan, Walden is committed to helping you earn credit for your foundational knowledge. Find out how you can apply up to 12 credits earned from this certificate program toward Walden’s MS in Education with a specialization in Special Education.
After the first course, you can take one course at a time, earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once, or choose a combination of the two throughout the program to fit your changing needs.
Our Graduate Certificate in Special Education is part of a full suite of programs in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution. NCATE accreditation is a recognized standard of excellence in professional P–12 education.
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Being able to exercise, rehearse, and express my ideas regarding my passion in education has been a reflective process. I realized we should all aim to effect positive social change in our communities. If we leave a positive mark, then our job has been done well!
Having a master’s degree that focuses on the specific age group I teach has been extremely valuable to my employer, my students, and me. I am a better-prepared teacher and better able to meet students’ needs because of my coursework through Walden.
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Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification
This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure.
The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.