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Earn your elementary teaching certificate in special education.

Your goal is to create an engaging and effective classroom experience for your students. With our Online Post-Professional Certificate in Special Education (K-6),* learn how to better design curricula, lesson plans and assessment strategies to support students with disabilities. At William & Mary, you’ll master instructional design and methods, assessment practices and classroom management, while developing the skills to address the challenges facing special education students within elementary school systems.

Through coursework, you will build a foundation in:

  • Individualized planning
  • Collecting and using assessment practices to foster change
  • Reading and language education
  • Teaching mathematics
  • Behavior management

About the Certificate

  • Classes Begin Spring 2022
  • 15 Credit Hours
  • 100% Online

Meet a critical demand.

The need for qualified and adaptable educators in elementary schools is growing. With our online elementary teaching certificate, you can continue working full time and still learn from faculty who have dedicated their careers to research and instruction.

If you are already a licensed teacher with an endorsement in elementary education from the Virginia Department of Education, you can earn an endorsement in Special Education General Curriculum Elementary Education K–6. This certificate program provides the necessary coursework to earn this add-on endorsement in the state.**

Specialization Courses (3 Credits Hours Each)

To earn the Online Special Education (K-6) Certificate, you will need to complete the following 15 credit hours.

To earn a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Special Education K-6, you must complete the following 5 courses and an additional 15 credit hours in core curriculum courses.

All online students will be required to complete a 0-hour orientation course to familiarize themselves with the online learning environment.

CRIN X33: Assessment and Instruction in Math for Students with Disabilities

This course will engage participants in the study and implementation of evidence-based assessment and instruction in mathematics for students with disabilities in grades K-12.

CRIN X51: Language Development and Reading Instruction for Exceptional Students

A course which focuses on normal language devel­opment and language communication disorders in exceptional children and youth. Topics discussed include language acquisition in the normally develop­ing child contrasted with developmentally disordered children diagnosed with mental retardation, emotional disturbance, visual and hearing impairments, aphasia, and autism. Emphasis is placed upon development, teacher assessment, and classroom techniques in teaching reading and written language.

CRIN X52: Instructional Design/Methods for Students with Disabilities in the General Curriculum

This course develops content knowledge in fundamental teaching methods (instructional assessment, instructional design, evidence-based instructional methodology, universally designed instruction, accommodations/modifications, data-based decision-making, and individualized planning) necessary for successful instruction and support of students with disabilities in the general standards-based K-12 curriculum.

CRIN X56: Classroom Management and Positive Behavioral Supports for Students with Disabilities

This course explores models, programs, and interven­tions for meeting the behavioral needs of students with disabilities in the general education curriculum. Classroom organization and management, functional behavioral assessment, behavioral interventions, social skills instruction, and the role of the teacher in designing and delivering classroom management and behavioral supports are stressed.

CRIN X59: Assessment for Instructional Design

This course will provide students with information needed to administer and interpret standardized and non-standardized assessments for a variety of purposes including eligibility, instructional design and decision-making. Consideration is given to ethical issues that guide assessment decisions of students with disabilities as well as culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

*Certificate courses begin Spring 2022. Pending SCHEV approval

**Students are responsible for confirming the Online Post-Professional Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction will meet the requirements to earn an endorsement in their state or region. If you plan to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Virginia or a U.S. territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency before beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license of certification in your home state or territory. This website provides resources for licensure and certification boards outside of Virginia: nc-sara.org/professional-licensure-directory

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