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 demand for teachers with strong backgrounds in special education is rapidly increasing. The more training you have in interventions and accommodations, the more prepared you will be to teach in an inclusive classroom, which is becoming more the norm than the exception.

You will learn strategies for differentiation, collaboration and accommodations that will help you and your students thrive in today's classroom setting. You'll also gain a solid grasp on the laws that govern this area of education, including IDEA, 504 and the ADA.

Fall Application Deadline: August 20
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Curriculum Overview

The special education certificate of completion is a 12-credit program. The curriculum covers the exceptional child, learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders. In addition to these courses, you'll have the opportunity to complete your own independent research project to round out the curriculum.

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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.

The online graduate education programs offered by Quinnipiac are recognized by U.S. News & World Report in their 2020 Best Online Graduate Education Programs rankings. The School of Education's online programs received the highest ranking among universities in Connecticut and are ranked #69 in the nation.

Rankings & Accreditations

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

Admission Requirements


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