Certificate of Completion in Special Education

The Certificate of Completion in Special Education is a 12-credit option for MAT program teacher candidates or for external applicants who hold a current teaching certificate from an approved institution of higher education and/or are practicing teachers.  The certificate is not a degree or licensure program.

External candidates may earn the certificate by completing 12 credits of online special education courses as listed below. Current certified teachers interested in the Special Education Certificate of Completion online program should contact the Quinnipiac School of Education.

For internal candidates for the certificate, three credits are earned as part of the required program of study for the MAT program. The additional nine credits required for the Special Education Certificate of Completion are earned through two 4-credit online courses offered during the J-term, and a 1-credit independent study to be completed during the final semester of the program. 

MAT program candidates interested in the Certificate of Completion in Special Education should notify the associte dean of the School of Education by Sept. 1 of their senior year (or the start of the first semester for candidates in the 5-semester MAT program), as the first course in the optional program, SPED 545, is taken online during the J-term of the candidate's senior year. 

Program of Study

Course Title Credits
SPED 545 Introduction to the Exceptional Child 4
SPED 482 Special Education 3
or SPED 552 Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom
or SPED 582 Special Education
SPED 565 Characteristics of Students with Emotional and Learning Disabilities 4
or SPED 566 Autism and Related Communication Disorders
SPED 567 Independent Research in Special Education 1

Request More Information

For more information, please contact Judy Falaro, coordinator of the special education certificate of completion program at judith.falaro@quinnipiac.edu,  or Beth Strathy, associate dean of the School of Education at beth.larkins-strathy@quinnipiac.edu.