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Get certified in special education

This graduate certificate is designed for education professionals who already hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and seek to support students with special learning needs. Earning this certificate does not lead to certification by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.


This certificate is designed to train and equip educators who work with students with disabilities across a variety of K-12 educational settings. You will gain the foundational knowledge and skills needed to work with children with disabilities by addressing academic, social, behavioral and transition skills. We prepare professionals who value diversity and advocate for quality educational opportunities for all students.


Successful completion of the certificate program requires 18 credit hours (six courses) of graduate-level coursework in special education. Credit hours are transferable to additional graduate degree programs.


Teaching, Learning and Leadership, MS - Special Education

Teaching, Learning and Leadership, MS - K-12 Education

Learn more about our special education program



Online courses are delivered through Canvas, OSU's online learning platform. We facilitate peer-to-peer collaboration and community building through both synchronous and asynchronous course formats. Synchronous courses are delivered via Zoom during after-school hours one day per week. Faculty blend the synchronous coursework with asynchronous coursework to most effectively support graduate students' learning.


Select six courses (18 credit hours):

  • SPED 5623: Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • SPED 5743: Planning, Compliance and Current Practices in Special Education
  • SPED 5883: Classroom and Behavior Management
  • SPED 5673: Improving Literacy Skills of Individuals with Disabilities
  • SPED 5993: Culturally Responsive Teaching in Special Education
  • SPED 5783: Assessing Students with Disabilities
  • SPED 5723: Transition into Adulthood for Individuals with Disabilities

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Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of admission status within four to six weeks of submission.


To apply for the program, submit the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA required; admission with qualifications may be considered)
  • Academic vita/resume
  • Personal goal statement

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