Fundamentals of Special Education, Graduate Certificate

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Minimum Total Hours: 18

Program Code: G041

The curriculum for this embedded certificate consists of six (6) graduate courses that are the most necessary and fundamental courses for persons who are interested in teaching individuals with disabilities but have not received their undergraduate degree or master's degree in Special Education.

Certificate Requirements

EDSP 5413Characteristics & Methods in Teaching Students with Exceptionalities3
EDSP 5143Individual Behavior Planning in the Classroom3
EDSP 5183Advanced Assessment3
EDSP 5163Leadership & Advocacy in Special Education3
Choose two courses from the following:6
Evidence-Based Practices for Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities
Transition and Self-Determination
Evidence-based Practices for Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities
Total Credit Hours18

A graduate certificate is not a graduate degree. A graduate degree represents a program of independent inquiry beyond the depth of coursework alone, while a graduate certificate represents a set of courses only.

  • All courses must be taken at OU. No transfer credit will apply.
  • No course substitutions are permitted for graduate certificates.
  • Coursework applied to a graduate certificate cannot be more than five years old as of the semester the graduate certificate is awarded.
  • Students must earn a grade point average of 3.00 or higher on all coursework applied to the graduate certificate.