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Graduate Certificate in

Special Education


certificate Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s online Graduate Certificate in Special Education program will equip you to make a difference in the life of a child with disabilities. An online certificate is a unique academic award that requires less time and fewer credits than an undergraduate or graduate degree. 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.

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 Teachers
  • Middle School Teachers
  • High School Teachers

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 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.

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