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Graduate Certificates in Special Education

A graduate certificate represents completion of a set of courses that provides mastery of a specific area of knowledge. A graduate certificate indicates an advanced, focused inquiry into a defined area of study and is recorded on the student’s transcript. For a degree student, a graduate certificate may indicate an area of specialization; for a professional, a graduate certificate may provide evidence of special expertise. In the Special Education program, we offer three graduate certificates:

  • Fundamentals of Special Education (recommended for OSDE Bootcamp students)
  • Secondary Transition Education Specialist
  • Applied Behavior Analysis

Applying to a Graduate Certificate Program

All students who intend to pursue a graduate certificate must complete the online application for graduate admissionThe certificates in the Fundamentals of Special Education and Secondary Transition Education Specialist may be applied for in the student’s first semester of coursework. In order to apply for the certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, the student must first receive a grade of an A or B in the first two courses in the Applied Behavior Analysis sequence.

A student who is admitted to a graduate degree program is not automatically granted admission to associated graduate certificate programs (including embedded certificates such as an emphasis area). Students enrolled in a graduate degree program who intend to pursue a graduate certificate must apply to add the graduate certificate program.

Students admitted solely to graduate certificate programs:

  • are not candidates for a degree
  • are not assured future admission to a degree program
  • are not eligible for financial aid
  • are limited to the maximum number of hours required for the graduate certificate

For information about graduate certificate admissions, visit the Office of Graduate Admissions.

For additional academic policies regarding graduate certificate programs and requirements, see the Graduate College Bulletin.

Note: Under INS regulations, international students may not be eligible to apply solely for a graduate certificate. Students should contact the International Student Services office at (405) 325-3337 for additional information regarding regulations for international students.

Overview

Applied Behavior Analysis is widely accepted as an effective intervention to improve the skills of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (bacb.com) and Association for Behavior Analysts International (www.abainernational.org) have designated the courses within the Special Education Program at the University of Oklahoma as a verified course sequence (VCS).

This course sequence prepares students for their fieldwork experiences and to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Future students who wish to complete the academic requirements in preparation for supervised fieldwork and the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination may apply to this Graduate Certificate Program.

ABA Certificate Sequence

If accepted, OU graduate students may take the seven-course ABA sequence as a stand alone certification program. If current OU graduate students would like to pursue the ABA certificate coursework as part of their respective degree programs, please consult your advisor. All courses within this program are delivered via a 100% synchronous distance-learning format.

Students in this graduate certificate program who have never taken an introductory course in special education must successfully complete EDSP 5413 either before or concurrently with other courses in this sequence.

New Coursework *Fall 2019

  • EDSP 5603: Philosophical Assumptions of Behavior Analysis
  • EDSP 5613: Principles and Concepts in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • EDSP 5623: Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • EDSP 5633: Personnel Supervision and Management in Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • EDSP 5643: Behavior Change in Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • EDSP 5653: Behavior Assessment in Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • EDSP 6023: Single Case Design

Previous Coursework *Fall 2019

  • EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School Settings
  • EDSP 6023: Single-Case Research Design
  • EDSP 5243: Applied Behavior Analysis II
  • EDSP 5343: Applied Behavior Analysis III
  • EDSP 5443: Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts

Elective (must choose one of the following)

  • EDSP 5013: Special Educational Instructional Methods and Programs
  • EDSP 5063: Issues and Strategies in a Functional Curriculum

Important Notice: OU does not issue BCBA certification. Although the ABA coursework has been vetted and approved by the BACB/ABAi, students must independently submit their credentials to the BACB and pass the BCBA exam.

Overview

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 admission. If 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.

Overview

The Secondary Transition Education Certificate prepares students to become secondary transition education specialists who can implement transition education concepts and strategies into secondary special education programs or adult agency programs.

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.

The basic program is designed for individuals with prior certification in Special Education or experience working with individuals with disabilities. Students who desire to acquire an OU Graduate College Certificate must complete 12 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 four-course transition education sequence as electives as a part of their graduate degree program.

Required Transition Courses Sequence (12 hours)

EDSP 5093: Transition and Self-Determination
EDSP 5193: Postsecondary Education and Employment
EDSP 5293: Transition-Based Assessment
S WK 5293: Direct Practice with Diverse Students, Disabilities and Families

Students in this Transition Education Certificate Sequence who have never taken an introductory course in special education must successfully complete EDSP 5413 either before or concurrently with other courses in this sequence.

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.

   

   

   

Graduate Certificates in Professional Counseling

In order to qualify for a graduate certificate, a student must be admitted to the graduate certificate program through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Course Credit Requirement for Graduate Certificates:

  • All courses must be taken at OU. No transfer credits will apply.
  • No course substitutions are permitted.
  • Coursework applied to a graduate certificate cannot be more than five years old as of the semester the graduate certificate is awarded.
  • Additional limitations and policies for graduate certificates can be found in the Graduate College Bulletin.

Required Coursework

  • EDPC 5513 Introduction to Abuse and Addictions Theory and Treatment
  • EDPC 5523 Additions and Family Theory
  • EDPC 5533 Psychopharmacology/Neurobiology of Addiction
  • EDPC 5543 Addictions Counseling: Theoretical Approaches and Co-Occuring Disorders
  • EDPC 5533 Additions in Family Counseling

For more information, contact Mike Jenkins in the JRCoE Graduate Programs Support office at mjenkins@ou.edu.

In order to qualify for a graduate certificate, a student must be admitted to the graduate certificate program through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Course Credit Requirement for Graduate Certificates:

  • All courses must be taken at OU. No transfer credits will apply.
  • No course substitutions are permitted.
  • Coursework applied to a graduate certificate cannot be more than five years old as of the semester the graduate certificate is awarded.
  • Additional limitations and policies for graduate certificates can be found in the Graduate College Bulletin.

Required Coursework

  • EDPC 5513 Introduction to Abuse and Addictions Theory and Treatment
  • EDPC 5413 Characteristics & Methods in Teaching Students with Exceptionalities
  • EDPC 5143 Individual Behavior Planning in the Classroom
  • EDPC 5113 Human Development
  • EDPC 5253 Assessment in Counseling

For more information, contact Mike Jenkins in the JRCoE Graduate Programs Support office at mjenkins@ou.edu.