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Special Ed. K-12 Cert.

Special Education K-12 Certificate Online

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.

icon $340 Per Credit Hour
icon As few as 24 months* Program Duration
icon 21* Credit Hours
icon $340 Per Credit Hour
icon As few as 24 months* Program Duration
icon 21* Credit Hours
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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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In their Best Colleges Rankings for 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranks A-State #25 for "Top Public Schools, Regional Universities (South)."


Affordable Tuition—Only $340 Per Credit Hour

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

Tuition Per Credit Hour $340
Tuition Per Course $1,020
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$300.00 $40.00 $340.00 $900.00 $120.00 $1020.00


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.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Summer 2023 5 wk 05/30/2023 06/30/2023 05/15/2023 05/19/2023 05/25/2023 05/26/2023 06/19/2023
5 wk 07/03/2023 08/04/2023 06/19/2023 06/23/2023 06/29/2023 06/30/2023 07/21/2023
Fall 2023 7 wk 08/21/2023 10/06/2023 08/07/2023 08/11/2023 08/17/2023 08/18/2023 09/22/2023
7 wk 10/16/2023 12/08/2023 10/02/2023 10/06/2023 10/12/2023 10/13/2023 11/17/2023
Spring 2024 7 wk 01/08/2024 02/23/2024 12/15/2023 12/19/2023 01/04/2024 01/05/2024 02/09/2024
7 wk 03/04/2024 04/26/2024 02/19/2024 02/23/2024 02/29/2024 03/01/2024 04/05/2024
Summer 2024 5 wk 05/28/2024 06/27/2024 05/14/2024 05/17/2024 05/23/2024 05/24/2024 06/14/2024
5 wk 07/02/2024 08/01/2024 06/18/2024 06/21/2024 06/27/2024 06/28/2024 07/26/2024
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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.

  • Have a Baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.75 on a 4.00 scale from an accredited institution
  • A valid teaching certificate with one year of teaching experience.
  • A written commitment from an educator who will function as your mentor during the degree program.

For further information concerning admissions, contact A-State Online Services at 866-881-3168, or email the Graduate Admission Coordinator.

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 866-621-8096.

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Additional Information

While not required for admissions, 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]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

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


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).

ELSE 5043: Assessment and Instruction for Exceptional Learners

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the principles and practices for assessment and identification of individuals with disabilities. Administration of formal and informal assessment instruments, and interpretation and reporting of assessment data is emphasized.

ELSE 5633: Literacy Assessment and Diagnosis of Exceptional Learners

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Developing comprehensive understanding of diagnostic and corrective needs of individuals with reading disabilities in special education classrooms.

ELSE 5653: Literacy and Language Development for Exceptional Learners

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.

ELSE 6053: Advanced Methods of Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

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.

ELSE 6073: Advanced Teaching Method of Significantly Disabled

Duration: 7 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.

ELSE 6163: Positive Behavior Interventions and Support

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This provides a basis of understanding and addressing behavior challenges of diverse learners. In this course a range of issues, concepts and practices centering on Positive Behavior Interventions and support (PBIS) in school, communities, and other social settings.

ELSE 6193: Special Ed Lab Experiences

Duration: 10-14 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.

*Depending upon prior completed graduate work, students may take fewer courses resulting in a faster completion time. Students who have previously completed the P-4 or 4-12 program of study have already taken four of the seven required classes for a K-12 license.

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