Special Education-General Curriculum Graduate Certificate (Online)


Are you interested in developing critical skills needed to teach students with disabilities? The UVA School of Education and Human Development is pleased to launch the online Special Education – General Curriculum Graduate Certificate.

This graduate certificate is designed to equip K-12 teachers with the knowledge and skills to address the needs of students with learning disabilities (e.g., teaching methodology, assessment practices, differentiation of core content areas, IEP and transition plan development for students with high incidence disabilities including autism, traumatic brain injury, dyslexia, specific learning disabilities, and emotional disabilities) in the general curriculum classroom.

Target knowledge and skills include:

  • Knowledge of the historical, ethical, and legal foundations of the field of special education
  • How to develop and implement individualized education programs (IEPs)
  • Knowledge of best practices in assessment and evaluation of students with disabilities
  • How to implement instructional strategies in reading, writing, and mathematics to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities

This certificate program provides the coursework necessary to satisfy the pedagogical content coursework component of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Special Education – General Curriculum endorsement. To obtain VDOE Special Education – General Curriculum endorsement, students who complete this certificate program would still need to complete a 45-hour practicum or one year of teaching under the guidance of a special education-general curriculum-endorsed mentor teacher not offered through this certificate program. 

Important Notice: This certificate program does not satisfy initial teaching licensure requirements. If you are seeking an initial teaching license, please read this article and learn how you can become a teacher in Virginia or visit our online PGMT Special Education program page.

  • Prerequisites and Admissions Requirements

    Teachers who hold a professional teaching license in Virginia and complete this graduate certificate will be eligible to add the Special Education-General Curriculum endorsement.

    • Teachers holding an Elementary Education (such as preK-3 or preK-6) endorsement are eligible for the Special Education – General Curriculum K-6 add-on endorsement
    • Teachers holding a Middle Education (grades 6-8) endorsement are eligible for the Special Education – General Curriculum Middle Grades 6-8 add-on endorsement
    • Teachers holding a Secondary Education endorsement in English, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics are eligible for the Special Education – General Curriculum Secondary Grades 6-12 add-on endorsement
    • Teachers holding any other endorsement, including K-12 or preK-12 endorsements, are not eligible to add the special education endorsement through this graduate certificate

    Applicants must submit the following:

    1. online application
    2. two letters of recommendation
    3. undergraduate and graduate transcripts
    4. current statement of professional goals (1-2 pages)

    Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts with their application; however, official transcripts are required prior to matriculation. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for admission to, and completion of, the certificate and for contacting their advisor for planning.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

    The Graduate Record Exam is not required for the Special Education-General Curriculum Graduate Certificate.

    NOTE: For applicants applying for admission through summer 2023

    Students who have already begun the Special Education-General Curriculum course series may apply to the certificate program if they have at least 1 course (3 credits) remaining. Students in this situation will need to complete a Policy Exception form and receive approval from their advisor to transfer in more than 6 credits. Please contact Courtney Sullivan at [email protected] for details on this possible exemption.

     

  • Transfer Credits

    Students may be eligible to transfer up to 6 credits from other academic institutions (or other programs at UVA prior to admission) if the following criteria are met:

    1. courses are listed on the transcript from the transferring institution as “graduate level”
    2. the student earns a final grade of B- or higher
    3. the courses are deemed aligned with the rigor and content of the student’s program of study
    4. the course credits are no older than 5 years at the time of matriculation

    NOTE: For applicants applying for admission through summer 2023

    Students who have already begun the Special Education-General Curriculum course series may apply to the certificate program if they have at least 1 course (3 credits) remaining. Students in this situation will need to complete a Policy Exception form and receive approval from their advisor to transfer in more than 6 credits. Please contact Courtney Sullivan at [email protected] for details on this possible exemption.

  • Application Due Date

    ALL application materials, transcripts, and recommendations, must be received by the deadlines below in order for an application to be considered complete. You may begin, or return to, your application here.

    • Fall entry: April 15th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis until July 1st
    • Spring entry: November 1st
    • Summer entry: March 15th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis until May 1st

    Applicants will be assigned an advisor after they accept an offer of admission.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • Typical Length of Study

    Students may begin taking courses in either the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Enrollment can be part-time or full-time. Part-time students typically take one or two courses per semester. Courses must be completed within five years of being admitted to the program.

  • Funding Opportunities

    Discounted tuition is available for K-12 educators. See this page for more information.

    Tuition and Fees

  • Add-On Endorsement Requirements

    Teachers who hold a professional teaching license in Virginia and complete this graduate certificate will be eligible to add the Special Education-General Curriculum endorsement.

    • Teachers holding an Elementary Education (such as preK-3 or preK-6) endorsement are eligible for the Special Education – General Curriculum K-6 add-on endorsement
    • Teachers holding a Middle Education (grades 6-8) endorsement are eligible for the Special Education – General Curriculum Middle Grades 6-8 add-on endorsement
    • Teachers holding a Secondary Education endorsement in English, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics are eligible for the Special Education – General Curriculum Secondary Grades 6-12 add-on endorsement
    • Teachers holding any other endorsement, including K-12 or preK-12 endorsements, are not eligible to add the special education endorsement through this graduate certificate

    If you are interested in pursuing as add-on endorsement in Special Education-General Curriculum, please contact Courtney Sullivan at [email protected].

  • Course Overview

    Special Education-General Curriculum K-6

    • EDIS 5000: The Exceptional Learner
    • EDIS 5142: IEP Development and Implementation
    • EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education
    • EDIS 5230: Reading and Writing Instruction for Special Education
    • EDIS 5040: Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education 

    Special Education-General Curriculum 6-8 

    • EDIS 5000: The Exceptional Learner
    • EDIS 5142: IEP Development and Implementation
    • EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education
    • EDIS 5230: Reading and Writing Instruction for Special Education
    • EDIS 5143: Transition Planning

    Special Education-General Curriculum Secondary

    • EDIS 5000: The Exceptional Learner
    • EDIS 5142: IEP Development and Implementation
    • EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education
    • EDIS 5230: Reading and Writing Instruction for Special Education
    • EDIS 5143: Transition Planning

    *Note: In addition to completing the coursework, students interested in applying for the add-on endorsement must complete a 45 instructional hour teaching practicum with students with disabilities in the general curriculum+ letter on division or school letterhead from a supervisor or administrator who is endorsed in special education-general curriculum, documenting this practicum, OR One year of successful full-time teaching + form (Report on Experience Form in the VDOE Teaching Licensure application) filled out by the appropriate school official noting successful completion.

    All courses are online, asynchronous. Our current course offerings can be found in the Student Information System (SIS)

  • Adding the Endorsement

    Ready to add the endorsement to your teaching license? Review next steps here.

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  • Public Professional Licensure Disclosures

    As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

    Upon completion of the Add-on Endorsement in Special Education program at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state. Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

    Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.