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Special Education K-12 Certificate Online

Develop the invaluable ability to diagnose and serve the needs of K-12 students in special education classrooms.

Next Apply Date: 8/5/24
Next Class Start Date: 8/20/24
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Next Apply Date: 8/5/24
Next Class Start Date: 8/20/24

Program Overview

Why consider the online Special Education K-12 Certificate

This program is designed for Arkansas educators who seek to acquire an Arkansas K-12 Special Education Teaching License. The program builds on previous degrees through our curriculum-intense courses and is designed to provide an accelerated, affordable route to obtaining licensure.

As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

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Total Tuition: $7,140
Program Duration: As few as 10 months
Credit Hours 21
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Affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition

Our Special Education K-12 Certificate online program offers the same affordable tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Per Credit Hour: $340
Total Tuition: $7,140


Important dates you need to know

Our Special Education K-12 Certificate online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

Please note Summer 1 and Summer 2 terms are 5 weeks in duration for this program.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer 15/28/245/14/245/17/245/23/245/24/246/27/24
Summer 27/2/246/18/246/21/246/27/246/28/248/1/24
Fall 18/20/248/5/248/9/248/15/248/16/2410/4/24
Fall 210/14/249/30/2410/4/2410/10/2410/11/2412/6/24

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date 8/5/24
Start Class 8/20/24

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Find your fit for our online Special Education Certificate program

Students interested in the Special Education K-12 Certificate online program should review the full admission requirements below.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Valid teaching license

If you have questions during that time, you can use our Self Service feature, which allows you to see when transcripts and teaching certificates reach our offices. When you receive your decision letter, it will provide instructions for enrolling yourself into the program and downloading the necessary software. If you have questions during this process, please call us at 866-621-8096.

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Additional information:

While not required for admission, Teacher/Leader Effectiveness Credentials will be required prior to registering for your first course.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

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c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

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A look at the online special education teaching certificate classes

Students in the Special Education K-12 Certificate online program must complete the following seven courses (21 credit hours).

Visit the Course Registration page to view the course schedule for this certificate.

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the principles and practices for assessment and identification of individuals with disabilities with emphasis on the administration of formal and informal assessment instruments and interpretation and reporting of assessment data.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Developing comprehensive understanding of diagnostic and corrective needs of individuals with reading disabilities in special education classrooms.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Relationship of language acquisition and literacy development for exceptional learners, focusing on the identification, analysis, and correction of literacy development in print knowledge, oral reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of models for the planning and delivering of instruction to students with disabilities who require an individualized general curriculum Includes techniques and materials for teaching reading, math and writing.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Advanced Methods of Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities Evidenced-based research is presented with regard to all educational programs for students with severe, intellectual disabilities and autism, including strategies educators use in concert with team members to plan, teach, and monitor students’ progress.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a basis of understanding and addresses behavior challenges of diverse learners. A range of issues, concepts, and practices centering on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) in school, communities, and other social settings.
Duration: 14 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Special Education Laboratory Experience is the internship component of the MSE in Special Education K-12 program. Candidates will develop and implement field-based projects for the purpose of applying the knowledge and skills sets obtained in all courses leading up to the Laboratory Experience course. Implementation of projects will take place in a special education setting to provide an opportunity for candidates to work with students with exceptionalities. Emphasis is on practical application of theoretical methods. Prerequisites: Passage of Special Education Praxis II and permission from advisor.

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