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Explore Our Graduate Certificate in Special Education From Walden

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.

CAEP Accredited logoOur 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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)–accredited institution.

""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.

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Apply your certificate toward the MS in Education with a specialization in Special Education to save you time and money.

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Completion Requirements

  • 12 total semester credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.


Course Code Title Credits
EDUC 6780

Exploring Leadership, Collaboration, and Consultation

Leadership and collaboration are essential skills for working with teams to provide effective services for individuals with exceptionalities. These are practices that special educators must embrace and continually refine. Educators in this course will analyze the skills and dispositions that build healthy leadership styles and produce positive collaborative relationships.  They will also examine the benefits and challenges of leading and collaborating with others to maximize the learning potential of every student.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6791

Special Education: Honoring Due Process (Accelerating)

Special education teachers are constantly confronted with ever-changing rules and regulations. In order to effectively lead and collaborate with teachers, families, and other professionals, special education teachers must have a thorough knowledge of the history and current practices related to special education advocacy, policy, and law. When presented with real-life scenarios, candidates will create practical solutions grounded in law and policy.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6782

Supporting Effective Evaluation and Assessment Practices

Special educators in today's schools are responsible for working with a team to evaluate and assess to determine eligibility, create educational plans, and evaluate progress.  In order to do this, they must be aware of and be able to implement culturally responsive, valid, and reliable practices. In this course, candidates will synthesize formal and informal assessments to monitor progress and analyze achievement to drive instructional strategies and assistive technologies for students with exceptionalities.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6784

Adapting Instruction Using Evidence-Based Strategies

Providing accommodations and differentiating instruction are essential practices for special educators. In this course, special education professionals will apply research-based strategies for designing, delivering, and adapting instruction for students with exceptionalities. Candidates will be presented with real-life scenarios and must debate appropriate research-based instructional strategies to optimize learning for all students.

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 9 semester credits, traditional courses $580 per semester hour $5,220
  3 semester credits, accelerating courses  $120 per semester hour $360
   12 total semester credits   $5,580
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $420

TOTAL $6,000

Transfer up to 6 credits $3,690

Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $2,310

The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $400 to $600.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.