Multilingual Special Education

The Multilingual Special Education Graduate Certificate program responds to a critical and growing need for teachers and other school professionals across the state. This program supports school professionals so they have the knowledge and skills of evidence-based practices and policies to best support MLs with disabilities and other culturally and linguistically diverse students. In this certificate program, students will learn how to implement effective instructional practices that enhance school climate and academic achievement for MLs with disabilities. Learners from a variety of backgrounds and fields will participate in active learning experiences. They will engage in professional learning and practice using ethical and legal guidelines, learn to understand and address the individual and developmental needs of each student, and use assessment to understand the learner and the learning environment. Focus will be on making data-based decisions to support learning using effective instruction and language acquisition. Learners will apply processes and strategies to collaborate with stakeholders.

Ideal candidates for this program:

  • School professionals, including general education teachers and special education teachers, who are in elementary education and secondary education seek knowledge and skills that will enhance their ability to effectively serve MLs within inclusive settings.
  • Teachers who are seeking to enhance their professional knowledge and skills in this area. This certificate can be used as a stepping stone to the Master in Education, Special Education program, with a complete transfer of credits to the individualized master’s program of study.

Degrees offered: Graduate Certificate

Program Format: Online

Application deadline: Rolling

Test Required: Must be currently working in an educational setting (k-12)

Contact: Melissa Cuba

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Program Website: Multilingual Special Education