Graduate Certificate in
Special Education


Certificate Program Overview

Strengthen your ability and expand your toolbox to meet the needs of today’s special education students. This certificate prepares teachers to successfully complete the Mild/Moderate Special Education Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT). Requiring only 18 graduate level credit hours, this certificate provides the resources and research-based knowledge you need to successfully teach today’s mild-to-moderate special education students.

You will graduate with the diagnostic methods, intervention strategies, and effective teaching curriculum to reach students and counsel parents. More than this, our commitment to educating your whole person—mind, body, and spirit—can truly set you apart by equipping you with the latest strategies to help students with a wide range of special needs.

Graduate Certificate in Special Education Online Certificate Plan Sheet

How will a Graduate Certificate in Special Education advance my career?

Our unique mission to develop Spirit-empowered leaders will enable you to thrive as a special education teacher in public or private schools. Your certificate will prepare you to serve as in potential roles such as:

  • K-6 School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher

What distinct courses will I take?

To earn a Graduate Certificate in Special Education, you will take various courses such as:

  • Parents and Families of Students with Special Needs
  • Effective Instruction/Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Behavior Management Strategies
  • Assessment and Program Planning
  • Elementary Reading Methods

How long will it take me to complete this certificate program?

This program is 18 credit hours. You could complete this degree in as little as 12 months when you enroll full-time. We consider full-time enrollment for this program as taking one 3-credit-hour course over a 7-week term, with 6 terms per year.

What about accreditation?

ORU’s College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality (OEQA).

ORU Online is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and utilizes the same world-class curriculum as traditional courses.

How much does this program cost?

Our affordable tuition means your finances go further. In addition, many students benefit from our interest-free payment plan. To view your cost, click here.

The Graduate School of Education also provides the following Graduate Scholarships.


Dr. Patrick Otto, Ed.D.
Graduate Chair
College of Education

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