Why earn a special education graduate certificate online?

Application Deadlines
June 15
October 15
March 15

This full-time, flexible online Special Education graduate certificate is designed for general education teachers, early childhood teachers or professionals who work with individuals with emotional/behavioral disorders, intellectual disabilities or learning disabilities. It provides you with the skills and tools you need to effectively address the many and varied challenges students with special needs face.

Four Disability Tracks

There are four disability specific specialization tracks for this certificate:

  1. Early Childhood Special Education
  2. Emotional Behavior Disorders
  3. Intellectual Disabilities
  4. Learning Disabilities

Online Special Education Program

  • Prepares you to acquire a special education license to help fill the demand for special education teachers at the state and national level.

  • Fully online program allows you the flexibility to learn on your own schedule in the comfort of your own home.

  • Enjoy hands-on, real-world experiential learning with highly qualified mentors and practicing special education teachers.

Special Education Jobs


Median salary range for a special education teacher

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Projected job growth for special education teachers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Now is an ideal time to pursue a special education graduate certificate. Job prospects for special education teachers are strong due to the rising enrollments of special education students and shortages of qualified teachers. Additional job openings are expected as a result of teacher retirements or career changes.

Special education teachers typically do the following:

  • Assess students’ skills and determine their educational needs
  • Adapt general lessons to meet students’ needs
  • Develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for each student
  • Plan activities that are specific to each student’s abilities
  • Teach and mentor students as a class, in small groups, and one-on-one
  • Implement IEPs, assess students’ performance, and track their progress
  • Update IEPs throughout the school year to reflect students’ progress and goals
  • Discuss students’ progress with parents, other teachers, counselors, and administrators
  • Supervise and mentor teacher assistants who work with students with disabilities
  • Prepare and help students transition from grade to grade and from school to life outside of school

Special Education Online Course Options

Learning to Lead at UND

Den Bolda, special education teacher at Fargo North High School, is a 2015 graduate of the online special education program.

Read Den's Story