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.
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.
| General University Requirements
||Must meet certificate program regulations.
||A completed Graduate School application, unless currently enrolled as a degree-seeking graduate student.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
| Letters of Recommendation
| Statement of Purpose
| Test Scores
| 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.
||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.
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:
Students who are pursuing a certificate as special graduate students will not be eligible for financial aid.