Special Education Graduate Certificate

Juneau, e-Learning

Dr. Jill Burkert
(907) 796-6033

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:

  1. children and youth with disabilities;
  2. Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and
  3. Alaska’s remote, urban and rural communities.

Candidates who complete the Graduate Certificate program in Special Education can receive an Endorsement in Special Education (Grades K-12) from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

The Graduate Certificate in Special Education program is designed to accommodate practicing teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school-based professionals. Courses offered in the evenings and in the summer. All courses are offered online and/or via audio conference. This e-learning format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their graduate studies.

Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted at the Program Assessment website.

Admission Requirements Education Certificate

  1. Application for admission and $60 non-refundable admission fee.
  2. Copy of a current Alaska teaching certificate or admission to SOE teaching program.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation on SOE form.
  4. Official transcript(s) indicating a baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00. degree.
  5. Writing sample (1-2 page typed, double spaced for each topic).
    1. Describe your professional goals and explain why you want to be a special education teacher and/or work with individuals with disabilities.
    2. Describe your commitment to diversity in school and classroom settings.
Minimum Credit Hours24
Certificate Requirements24
EDSE S482Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3
Certificate Requirements
EDSE S605Early Childhood Special Education3
EDSE S610Assessment of Students with Disabilities3
EDSE S612Curriculum and Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSE S622Curriculum and Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSE S677Language & Literacy: Assessment & Intervention3
EDSE S685Transition Planning for Secondary Students3
EDSE S694 (Special Education Practicum)3
EDSE S695Professional and Ethical Practice3
Total Credits27

Exit Requirements

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