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Graduate Certificate in Special Education

The Graduate Certificate 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.

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


Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours24
Certificate Requirements24


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. GPA of 3.00
  2. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  3. An approved Special Education Portfolio

Application Procedures

Graduate Certificate - Special Education

By completing the UAS Graduate Certificate in Special Education, you qualify for the UAS Institutional Recommendation to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development's Endorsement in Special Education.

Please return all items to the Admission office as instructed below.

Step 1: Consult with Jill Burkert (Program Coordinator).

Step 2: Send application materials to Admissions.

Send to:

Attn: Deema
University of Alaska Southeast
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801

Fax: 907-796-6002

For questions about application materials, contact the Student Services Assistant:

  • Graduate application for admission and $60 application fee;
  • Official transcript with evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded, GPA 3.0;
    • Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are not required to be submitted
  • Two letters of recommendation with SOE forms;
  • Admission Writing Sample of two parts: Instructions;
  • Copy of current teaching certificate or administrative certificate.


  1. Applicant faxes or mails unofficial transcripts to advisor.
  2. Advisor completes transcript analysis.
  3. Applicant and advisor discuss individual's program.

Step 3: Complete program prerequisites.


  1. GPA of 3.0 from transcript(s). (If your GPA is below 3.0, you may be admitted provisionally.)
  2. Prerequisite coursework is recommended by advisor.


  1. Admission status notices are sent out by the School of Education.
  2. Provisional admission status may be granted. Provisions must be completed within one semester of admission.
  3. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA in this program. You must receive a grade of "C" or better in each course for it to count. A "C-" grade will not count as passing.


All education programs through the School of Education at University of Alaska Southeast are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, a performance-based teacher accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education recognized by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


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