Special Education - Multiple Disabilities Spec
The Multiple Disabilities program is a 5-course sequence that prepares educators to meet the needs of students with moderate, severe, and multiple disabilities, including preparing those teachers to utilize evidence-based practices in assessment, curriculum development, and instruction.
The Multiple Disabilities program is typically offered through a cohort model, with new cohorts beginning in odd numbered years. Cohort members can be students enrolled in the Master of Science program in the Department of Special Education, combining core courses and electives, or non-degree seeking students taking the courses as a stand-alone non-degree program. For additional information and advisement, please contact Megan Baxter or Jane Koscielak, Graduate Advisors.
This certificate requires 15 credit hours for completion.
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The Department of Special Education is one of the largest special education teacher preparation programs in the country. It has strong partnerships with school districts across the state, providing a wide range of clinical placements and collaborative opportunities.
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University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a graduate certificate program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
To be considered for this program, you must submit the following:
- current resume
- copy of your current licensure
- transcript from each higher education institution attended
- name and email address of someone who can provide a letter of recommendation
Your statement should be no more than two pages and include:
- Your experience working with individuals perceived as having moderate, severe, or multiple disabilities and extensive/pervasive support needs
- Your strengths and areas for improvement related to teaching individuals perceived as having moderate, severe, or multiple disabilities and extensive/pervasive support needs
- Three specific learning goals you plan to accomplish during the program
Letter of Recommendation
The system will ask you for the name and email address of one individual who can provide a letter of recommendation.
The letter should address characteristics that will make you successful in a graduate certificate program and document that you have a minimum of one year of working experience in PreK-12 school settings.
Global Access to Online Degree Programs
When applying, international students applying to a fully online program must agree to our international online and hybrid programs disclosure and disclaimer statements. Due to limited on-campus courses, immigration documentation cannot be issued for students seeking F-1 or J-1 status.
- Summer Term — Not accepting summer 2023 applications