Graduate Certificate Program in Special Needs

Open only to educators/professionals living and working overseas. IEP-facilitated courses are not available to domestic students. It does not have any attachments such as licensure.

Note: Offered only through the international programs of the C. Louis Cedrone International Education Center

The Graduate Certificate in Special Needs is designed for overseas teachers in inclusive general education classes in elementary, middle and secondary settings. Other individuals who may benefit from participation in this certificate program are administrators and interested parents.

Curriculum Requirements

The following four (4) courses are required for the Certificate in Special Needs:

  • SPED 908 Fundamentals of Teaching
  • SPED 956 Curriculum Development and Modification
  • SPED 962 Developmental Patterns of Children with Special Needs
  • SPED 963 Behavior and Classroom Management

Completion Requirement

Students must have a minimum B- (2.70) average or above in the certificate program in order to graduate.


Admission Requirements

Applicants applying for a graduate certificate must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.70. Students not meeting this requirement may be reconsidered for admission after completing one (1) prescribed course in the certificate program.


Transfer Credit

No transfer credit is allowed in this certificate program.


For further information about the Graduate Certificate in Special Needs, please contact Joyce Fahey, Associate Director of the C. Louis Cedrone International Center,