The post-master’s certificate in Special Education is designed for those who are interested in working with gifted and disabled students in a variety of settings. You will explore a wide spectrum of issues related to individuals with disabilities, including the development and characteristics of learners, learning differences, and instructional strategies to address the needs of these students. You will also learn to plan, assess and deliver instruction to students with mental, physical, behavioral and learning disabilities, and the gifted student.
Basis of Admission
A completed master's-level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.
Six Courses (18 credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.
At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
All courses are 8 weeks in length. Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.
Introduction to the Exceptional Student
The basic tenets of exceptional students education are introduced in this course with research and best practices for the student in all disability groups. Doctoral students are encouraged to delve into specific disability areas and research best practices and studies for further knowledge of the history, laws, accommodations, and placement options for exceptional students. Co-teaching, national standards (CEC and INTASC) as well as IDEA regulations are explored for a broader-based learning experience.
Assessment in Special Education
This in depth assessment course provides the student with research based information to extend the study of assessment of exceptional students. This Doctoral level course provides up to date information about testing, assessment, using technology and ethical considerations. Informal, formal, ability and achievement assessment information are also key components of this course.
Emotionally Disabled Student
Linking theory to practice this course provides the doctoral student the information and research needed to study the emotionally disabled student in depth in educational settings. Research and case studies along with practical and applied information are introduced to integrate theoretical models in research and design to provide characteristics and linking theory to practice.
Developing Curriculum for the Mentally Disabled
Practical research based information in this Doctoral level course is the key to understanding the strategies for the effective practitioner or supervisor of special needs students. Emphasis is placed on practical, everyday knowledge needed for students and their families. Imbedded in the course are theoretical and research based applications and communication strategies for parental involvement.
Law in Special Education
The necessary information is gathered in this course to make todays practitioner an advocate and knowledgeable researcher in the field of special education law. students are provided a framework for intensive study within the legal world of disabilities, IDEA, No Child Left Behind, placement and referral issues. History of the special education law is also studied with applications for multiple settings and disabilities.
Teaching Strategies in Special Education
Relevant scholarship and research based information combine to provide the doctoral student with information about teaching strategies, supervision of students with learning disabilities and behavior disorders. The Doctoral level course also ties in the latest information for RTI, IDEA and NCLB. Using practical application and theoretical framework the student can apply needed strategies for promoting success in the classroom.
At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. We have adopted an all-inclusive tuition model that gives you the cost of your Post-Master's Certificate in Education tuition and fees in one flat program rate*. The only additional cost above your post-master's certificate program rate is books. Learn more about the NCU’s post-master's certificate costs below:
- Per credit cost: $857
- Per 3 credit course cost: $2,570
- Program cost: $15,420
- Average book cost per course: $150
- Application Fee: $0
- Technology Fee: $0
- Registration Fee: $0
*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.
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- Regionally Accredited
- No Physical Residency Requirements
- One-to-One Teaching
- 100% Doctoral Faculty
- Flexibility of Online Learning
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