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Graduate Certificate
Special Education

Education Graduate certificates provide candidates with eligibility endorsements to an Alaska teaching certificate. All course work must be completed within a seven-year period immediately preceding the date the graduate certificate is granted. Graduate certificates are granted by the University of Alaska Southeast; UAS provides the institutional recommendation to the student to submit to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development for endorsement.

The Graduate Certificate program in Special Education prepares teachers to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The program focuses on the unique needs of: (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska’s remote and rural communities.

Candidates can complete the Graduate Certificate program in Special Education in 12 months. Candidates who complete the Graduate Certificate program in Special Education can receive an endorsement in special education from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

The Graduate Certificate in Special Education program is designed to accommodate practicing teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school-based professionals. Courses are, therefore, offered in the afternoons and evenings and in the summer. All courses are delivered via teleconference and augmented with online resources. This distance-delivered format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their communities while completing their graduate studies.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view the Gainful Employment Disclosure form or website.

Admissions Requirements

For application requirements please visit the School of Education website.

Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Required Courses24
EDSES482Inclusive Classrooms for All Children3
Certificate Requirements
EDSES605Early Childhood Special Education3
EDSES610Assessment of Students with Disabilities3
EDSES612Curriculum & Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSES622Curriculum & Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSES677Language and Literacy: Assessment and Intervention3
EDSES685Transition Considerations for Secondary Students with Disabilities3
EDSES694Special Education Practicum3
EDSES695Professional and Ethical Practice3
Exit Requirements
  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 3.00
  3. An approved Special Education Portfolio

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