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Graduate Certificate in Special Education Advocacy

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Special Education Advocacy certificate is a 12-semester-credit-hour graduate certificate program.  The purpose of this program is to provide training in special education advocacy for parents of children with disabilities, novice and experienced teachers, and other professionals who are new to the field of special education. This program is designed to help parents and professionals better understand special education law and its application and assist future advocates in developing the skills to effectively facilitate the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Students will also learn how to reduce barriers between parents and schools to promote good communication and effective negotiation while acting ethically and responsibly for the benefit of the child.

Program Options

This certificate focuses on special education and policy from an applied perspective as it relates to special education advocacy. The program is intended to:

  • Provide an overview of the impact of disability on the family and special education law
  • Provide the knowledge necessary to advocate on behalf of students with disabilities
  • Prepare students to become effective and collaborative advocates

The Graduate Certificate in Special Education Advocacy requires students to complete the following 12 hours:

SPE 5403 - Survey of Special Education

SPE 5503 - Introduction to Applied Behavioral Analysis

SPE 5613 - Legal Issues in Special Education

SPE 6623 - Seminar on Current and Critical Issues in Special Education

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission requirements and prerequisites: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Specific Degree Requirements: See Catalog

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Contact Information

Student Development Specialist: Molly Miller

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Telephone: (210) 458-7443

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funding opportunities

All students interested in financial aid should fill out the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance). The link to this site is:  Students may also be interested in Graduate Assistantship positions available within the College. Typically, these assistantships are 19 hours per week.

Scholarships are also available to Graduate Students. Attached are links to scholarship databases:

Students who are pursuing a certificate as special graduate students will not be eligible for financial aid.

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