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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.
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
Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.