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This 33-credit certificate offers required coursework for Virginia teacher licensure to individuals who will be working with students with disabilities who access the general curriculum. The certificate prepares individuals to work with students with disabilities who take Standards of Learning tests (SOLs) or Virginia Grade Level Assessments (VGLA).

This certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

This certificate qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid. For more information about program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our disclosure information page.


Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate coursework in a university program prior to admission to the certificate may request that some courses be waived based on the content in prior coursework. Students waiving coursework must complete a minimum of 15 credits to be eligible for the certificate. Students enrolled in this program must earn a B- or higher in all coursework.

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: E1-CERG-SDGC

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 33


EDSE 501Introduction to Special Education3
EDSE 502Classroom Management and Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDSE 503Language Development and Reading3
EDSE 540Characteristics of Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum3
EDSE 544Adapted Instructional Methods and Transition for Secondary Learners3
EDSE 627Assessment3
EDSE 628Elementary Reading, Curriculum, Strategies for Students Who Access the General Education Curriculum3
EDSE 629Secondary Curriculum and Strategies for Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum3
EDSE 662Consultation and Collaboration3
Six credits of6
Internship: Special Education in General Curriculum 1
Total Credits33

Must complete two 3-credit internships: one elementary placement and one secondary placement.