Advance Your Teaching Career With a Graduate Certificate in Special Education
The Graduate Certificate of Completion: Special Education, Moderate to Severe from Grand Canyon University (GCU) prepares online students to be effective communicators and mentors for those with moderate to severe learning exceptionalities. Behavior management, special education law and assessment, and individualized education program planning and methods — all encompassed and supported by our Christian worldview — are central components of the curriculum for this special education certificate in moderate to severe disabilities.
This endorsement also meets requirements for an Arizona Provisional Mild/Moderate Disabilities, PreK-12 Endorsement and exceeds credit count requirements for an Arizona Full Mild/Moderate Disabilities, PreK-12 Endorsement by three credits, as well as, meets the Higher Learning Commission’s certificate and endorsement requirements.
Learn Specialized Techniques for Teaching Students With Moderate to Severe Special Education Needs
GCU emphasizes critical thinking and leadership in the Graduate Certificate of Special Education online program. Students with exceptionalities in any form require additional assistance so that they can become active and successful learners. Teacher candidates in the moderate to severe special education certificate program investigate diagnostic and assessment tools for determining student eligibility and monitoring for progress. Foundational knowledge is built regarding the use of multiple methods of assessment and data sources for diagnostic and educational decisions for individuals with moderate to severe exceptionalities.
Throughout this graduate certificate in special education online program, students examine how to create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments through collaboration with colleagues and other professionals. Strategies to develop students' emotional well-being, positive social interactions and self-determination are prioritized. Students also investigate how speech-language pathologists, special education teachers and others assist individuals with moderate to severe exceptionalities in the use of augmentative and alternative assistive technology, modifications and accommodations to enhance their communication and learning skills in mathematics and sciences.
Graduate Certificate in Special Education (Moderate to Severe) FAQs
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