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We have two teams to help you through the process.

General questions prior to applying can be directed to our Graduate Recruiters.

Once you have applied, questions about the application process should then be directed to our Graduate Processors.


Graduate Recruiters: Located in the Multidisciplinary Studies Building 4.01.52

Office Hours: 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Monday, Wendesday and Friday - virtual office hours
Tuesday and Thursday - in-person

 

Contact Us:


Email: Grad.Recruitment@utsa.edu
Phone: (210) 458-4331
Fax: (210) 458-4332

Book an appointment with a recruiter in-person or virtually .

Graduate Processors: Located in the Flawn Sciences Building 1.01.05


Office Hours: 8 A.M.–12 P.M.

Tuesday and Thursday - in-person

 

Contact Us:

Email: Graduate.admissions@utsa.edu
Phone: (210) 458-
Fax: (210) 458-

Send Official Transcripts to: graduate.documents@utsa.edu

Unofficial Transcripts and Other Documents for Spring 2022 can be Uploaded here! (requires UTSA
student ID in the form of abc123) if they have not been submitted as part of your application.


Unofficial Transcripts and Other Documents for Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 must be uploaded directly to the application.

 

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

Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.

A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the last two years of work toward the bachelor’s degree

To maintain enrollment in the certificate program, students should maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their tenure in the program.

Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet certificate program regulations.
 Application A completed Graduate School application, unless currently enrolled as a degree-seeking graduate student.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not required.
 Letters of Recommendation Not required.
 Statement of Purpose Not required.
 Test Scores Not required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, info@foreigncredentials.org, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other None.

Contact Information

Student Development Specialist: Molly Miller

Email Address: molly.miller@utsa.edu

Telephone: (210) 458-7443

Graduate Advisor of Record: Maria Arreguin-Anderson, Ph.D.

Email Address: maria.arreguinanderson@utsa.edu

Telephone:(210) 458-7673

 

Degree Website: Learn more about this program here.

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:http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.  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:

http://www.utsa.edu/scholarships/

http://coehd.utsa.edu/Students/Scholarships/index.htm

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