Special Education Comprehensive Graduate Certificate

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Get the skills you need to serve students with Extensive Support Needs (ESN) or Low Incidence Disability

The Special Education Comprehensive Certificate is designed for individuals seeking certification in Comprehensive Special Education or wanting to enhance their knowledge in teaching students with extensive support needs (ESN) or Low Incidence Disabilities. The program provides advanced coursework directed at evidenced-based instructional practices for K-12 students diagnosed with ESN and/or low incidence disabilities (e.g., intellectual disability, ASD, multiple disabilities).

This graduate certificate requires 4 courses (12 credit hours).

  • SPED 7050 - Teaching the Exceptional Learner: Over-view of special education including characteristics and education of students with various exceptionalities with focus on low incidence disabilities; emphasis on developing skills for effective teaching of exceptional students in the general education classroom. 
  • SPED 7511 - Intellectual Disabilities: Curriculum, methods, and materials applicable to special educational needs of moderately/severely disabled learners, emphasizing general curriculum access for educational and vocational skills that facilitate successful post-school outcomes and independent living.
  • ICL 7105 – Language and Communication for Inclusionary Classrooms: Instructing students with typical and exceptional communication needs. Includes interpreting speech/language assessment reports and designing instruction. Also, the use of augmentative and alternative communication devices and working with non-native English speaking students. 
  • SPED 7600 – Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): This course will provide an overview of autism spectrum disorders from the diagnosis and early intervention phase to working with families, therapists, and staff in both educational and community settings. The course will be grounded in research-based theory and will assist with the learner with evidence-based decision making from a practical standpoint. Legal and ethical issues will be discussed related to diagnosis, treatment selections, and working effectively with families.

To be admitted, students must have at least a Bachelor of Science and apply to the Graduate School as a Master's Degree seeking applicant. 

Learn more about the Special Education program here> or email sped@memphis.edu to learn more.