Online Special Education Certification

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Time to completion:

5 Semesters

Today, almost every classroom includes a number of students who have a disability – be it physical, intellectual, emotional, or any combination. As a dedicated educator, you may often find yourself looking for resources that will help you effectively teach these students and help them learn successfully, whether in an inclusive environment or a special education classroom. The online Special Education certification from Saint Joseph’s University will help you learn the best practices for teaching students with special needs, as well as put you on the path to directly helping and having a positive impact on students’ learning experiences.

Our online Special Education certification is designed for professional teachers who want to develop and refine their ability to meet the demands of students with special educational needs. The convenient online format of this certification program, taught by members of Saint Joseph’s distinguished faculty, allows working professionals to earn career-building credentials while maintaining other important responsibilities.

Up to a 17 percent increase in the diagnosis in autism and other developmental disorders is expected.1

You only need to take 9 additional credit hours to earn a special education master’s degree from SJU.

With our Special Education certification courses, you will learn:

  • Current issues in special education
  • Diagnostic assessment and how to monitor progress
  • How to help students with high and low incidence disabilities
  • How emotional/social and behavioral disorders affect student comprehension

To advance your career as an educator, discover the best practices for inclusive teaching strategies and special education classroom management. With our thorough course curriculum, Saint Joseph’s University is devoted to helping you reach and surpass your career goals. Read about the career outlook for teachers with special education expertise.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of special education teachers is expected to increase significantly in the next several years, as many school districts report problems finding adequate numbers of certified special education teachers. As this demand for committed and compassionate educators grows, this certification will allow you to directly help others. With an online Special Education certification from Saint Joseph's University, you can help fill this critical need.

Experienced teachers are urgently needed to help students with high and low incidence disabilities, and social, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

The certification in special education can be earned independently or as part of a master's degree in special education.

There are many benefits of earning your Special Education certification online, such as the ability to:

  • Achieve your educational goals while meeting your professional obligations.
  • Log into class straight from your laptop or home computer.
  • Work comfortably at your own pace.
  • Take advantage of the ability to connect and work with a vast array of online learners.
  • Conveniently submit assignments electronically.

If you hold a Standard/Level 1 Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Development, Elementary Education, or Secondary Education, and have a passionate commitment to teaching, consider Saint Joseph's University’s Special Education certification program and take the first step toward influencing minds and effecting positive change in society.

For more information about the online Special Education certification program from Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (215) 473-2695 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information.


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