Special Education Certificate of Completion

Learn the strategies needed for today's inclusive classroom.

As children with special needs are identified at earlier ages, the need for educators with strong backgrounds in special education continues to grow. Quinnipiac has developed its online Special Education Certificate of Completion Program to provide teachers and pre-service candidates with the tools to create an inclusive classroom environment.

As a student in the program, you will gain a deeper understanding of the strategies and supports necessary to enable students with different learning needs to experience success in accessing the curriculum alongside their non-disabled peers.

Please note that this is a certificate of completion and is not a certification/licensure to teach special education. However, all credits earned as part of this certificate will be transferable to the online MS in Special Education upon acceptance into the program.

Fall Application Deadline: August 19
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Curriculum Overview

The special education certificate of completion is a 12-credit program that may be completed in as few as two semesters. The curriculum examines the exceptional child and frequently identified learning challenges, including courses dedicated to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and specific learning disabilities (SLD). All coursework may be completed entirely online and is designed with working professionals in mind.

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Today's educators have access to an increasingly connected global community and an abundance of digital resources. In addition to connecting our candidates to those resources, Quinnipiac University's School of Education has a collaborative community of its own, both online and off. That community includes our outstanding faculty members – experienced educators, top practitioners and scholars–who guide and support students through our programs every step of the way.

This environment prepares candidates for fulfilling careers in education and human development by cultivating:

  • An ability to engage in sound practice that is informed by educational theory
  • A commitment to equity and social justice
  • A deeply reflective and mindful approach to their work

By fostering personal as well as intellectual transformation, we aim to prepare innovators committed to positive social change, who will have a meaningful impact on the lives and futures of learners.

Rankings & Accreditations

US News and World Report Top Online Education Program
AN NCATE Accredited Institution

Admission Requirements


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