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Fundamentals of Special Education Graduate Certificate


The Fundamentals of Special Education Graduate Certificate prepares students to become Special Education teachers who can effectively teach students with a range of disabilities. The basic program is designed for individuals with limited prior experience in Special Education or to fulfill graduate coursework requirements for those who have attended the OSDE Special Education Bootcamp program.

Most students work full time and take courses each semester in the late afternoon and evening during the week. A limited number of courses are offered during the summer semester. All courses within this certificate are delivered either via a blended format (with the option to meet face-to-face or via a video conferencing platform) or a 100% distance-learning format.

Students who desire to acquire an OU Graduate College Certificate must complete 18 credit hours of coursework. All students who intend to pursue a graduate certificate must complete the online application for graduate admissionIf accepted, OU graduate students at the Norman, OUHSC, or Tulsa campuses may take the six-course fundamentals sequence as electives as a part of their graduate degree program or as a separate course sequence leading to the certificate.

Required Fundamentals Course Sequence (18 hours)

EDSP 5413: Theories in the Education of Exceptional Children
EDSP 5143: ABA in School Settings
EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment
EDSP 5163: Collaboration, Accommodations, and Modifications
EDSP 5013: Special Education Instructional Methods and Programs

The sixth course is a guided elective chosen with your advisor based on your current placement and future goals.