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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences: Certificates:
Graduate Certificate in Special Education

The Graduate Certificate in Special Education prepares educators to develop effective literacy and behavioral interventions, differentiate instruction, and collaborate successfully to support diverse special needs students. Course topics include: research-based approaches to monitoring progress and designing and delivering standards-based instruction in the content areas; methods for identifying reading and writing disabilities and devising appropriate interventions; and advanced behavior assessment, management, and intervention practices. Courses emphasize the importance of professional collaboration in serving special needs students.

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment specialists can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  • 12 total semester credits


  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credit
Semester 1

EDUC 6780 - Exploring Leadership, Collaboration, and Consultation

3 semester credits

EDUC 6791 - Special Education: Honoring Due Process (Accelerating)

3 semester credits
Semester 2

EDUC 6782 - Supporting Effective Evaluation and Assessment Practices

3 semester credits

EDUC 6784 - Adapting Instruction Using Evidence-Based Strategies

3 semester credits