Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Collaborative Special Education Law and Process

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Online, Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.0402
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 11-9039

About the Program

The Collaborative Special Education Law and Process Certificate prepares individuals to meet the unique learning needs of students with disabilities through legally mandated school, home, and community collaboration. Meeting the needs of children with disabilities through school-parent-community collaboration is the goal of educational policy in the United States.

The program goal is to develop highly qualified special education teachers and administrators, while offering special education collaborative knowledge and practical skills training to parents and advocates, whose cooperative partnership is imperative to support all students as incorporated and mandated in ESSA and the IDEA 2004.

Achieving the program goal and objectives requires collaborative educators, advocates, and service providers committed to meeting the learning needs of all students with disabilities. The Collaborative Special Education Law and Process Certificate will benefit participants by providing them with the specialized training necessary to be collaborative partners in the complex process of implementing federal and state mandates to appropriately educate students with disabilities.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program follow the University standards for admissions to graduate study—i.e., possess an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and an earned undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA, if applicable, will be considered along with undergraduate GPA). In addition, the candidate will submit for consideration a completed graduate school application with official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, two letters of recommendation, and a personal essay.  

Program Requirements

EDEX 600Family, School and Community Engagement in Special Education3.0
EDEX 601Special Education Advocacy3.0
EDEX 602Special Education Dispute Resolution and Skills Training3.0
EDEX 710School Law & Policy in Special Education3.0
Total Credits12.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1CreditsTerm 2CreditsTerm 3Credits
EDEX 6003.0EDEX 6013.0EDEX 6023.0
  EDEX 7103.0
 3 3 6
Total Credits 12

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please visit the School of Education's website. 

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