Available Concentrations

Concentration in Adapted Curriculum (K-12)

This concentration offers required coursework for Virginia teacher licensure in Special Education: Adapted Curriculum.

The certificate with this concentration 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.

Concentration in Early Childhood Special Education

This concentration offers required coursework for teacher licensure in Early Childhood Special Education.

The certificate with this concentration 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.

Concentration in General Curriculum (K-12)

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

The certificate with this concentration 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.

Concentration in Specialized Reading Instruction for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities

This 15-credit concentration prepares educators to meet the unique needs of K-12 students with specific learning disabilities who experience severe deficits in reading and written language. Candidates develop a deep level of knowledge in literacy development, reading, difficulties, assessment, instruction and progress monitoring for these students. This certificate does not apply toward teacher licensure.

This graduate certificate is a cohort-only program in which students begin and end the program together as a group.

Concentration in Visual Impairments Licensure (PK-12)

This concentration is designed for students seeking Virginia initial teacher licensure in visual impairments (PK–12). 

Policies

Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate coursework equivalent to certificate coursework prior to admission to this program may request that some courses in this certificate be waived. Students who are eligible to waive coursework must complete a minimum of 15 credits to graduate. Students must earn a B- or better in all coursework.

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

Banner Code: E1-CERG-EDSE

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15-36

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

Students pursuing this graduate certificate may choose from any of the following concentrations:

Concentration in Adapted Curriculum (K-12) (ADCU)

Total credits: 36

The certificate with this concentration may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Coursework

EDSE 501Introduction to Special Education3
EDSE 531Transition and Community-Based Instruction3
EDSE 532Positive Behavior Supports3
EDSE 533Curriculum and Assessment in Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 534Communication and Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 547Medical and Developmental Risk Factors for Children with Disabilities3
EDSE 557Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Learners3
EDSE 661Curriculum and Methods: Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 663Collaborative Teamwork to Support Students with Significant Disabilities3
EDSE 669Interdisciplinary Approach for Children with Sensory and Motor Disabilities3
6 credits of Internship6
Internship: Adapted Curriculum
Total Credits36

Concentration in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Total credits: 33

The certificate with this concentration may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Students enrolled in this concentration must earn a B- or higher in all coursework.

Coursework

ECED 501Developmental Pathways of Diverse Learners, Birth-Adolescence3
ECED 502Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Learners3
ECED 503Inclusive Curriculum for Young Learners: Planning Instruction and Guidance3
ECED 504Engaging Families of Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 505Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education3
ECED 506Medical and Developmental Aspects of Disabilities of Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 511Assessment of Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 522Developing Language, Literacy, and Communication of Diverse Infants and Toddlers3
ECED 523Early Intervention for Infants Toddlers with Disabilities: Collaborative Consultative Approaches3
Select one from the following:6
Internship with Diverse Infants and Toddlers
and Internship in Preschool Early Childhood Special Education
Internship in Early Childhood Special Education Birth - Five
Total Credits33

Concentration in General Curriculum (K-12) (GECU)

Total credits: 33

The certificate with this concentration may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Coursework

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
1

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

Concentration in Specialized Reading Instruction for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SRLD)

Total credits: 15

The certificate with this concentration may only be pursued on a part-time basis.

Coursework

EDSE 562Foundations of Reading Instruction for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities3
EDSE 563Language Structure and Literacy Development for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities3
EDSE 564Phonology, Phonics, and Fluency for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities3
EDSE 565Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Written Expression for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities3
EDSE 567Practicum for Specialized Reading Instruction for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities3
Total Credits15

Concentration in Visual Impairments Licensure (PK-12) (VILI)

Total credits: 34

The certificate with this concentration may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

Students enrolled in this concentration must earn a B- or higher in all coursework.

Coursework

EDAT 522Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments3
EDSE 511Characteristics of Students with Visual Impairments2
EDSE 512Braille Code3
EDSE 513Medical and Educational Implications of Visual Impairments3
EDSE 514Orientation and Mobility for Students with Visual Impairments2
EDSE 518Curriculum and Assessment of Students with Visual Impairments3
EDSE 532Positive Behavior Supports3
EDSE 613Teaching Methods for Students with Visual Impairments3
EDSE 616Braille Reading and Writing3
EDSE 663Collaborative Teamwork to Support Students with Significant Disabilities3
EDSE 785Internship: Visual Impairment (must complete six credits)2-6
Total Credits34