Special Education (K-12): General Curriculum, Graduate Certificate

Online
21 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Program Tabs

Program

The Special Education (K-12): General Curriculum graduate certificate is a 21-credit-hour graduate level program that meets the requirements for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Standard Professional I initial teaching license. The General Curriculum is for those who have a desire to work with students who have mild intellectual disability, learning disabilities, and/or emotional/behavioral disorders.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate have the option to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching and qualify for the North Carolina Standard Professional 2 (SP2) Educator’s License in Special Education. During Phase II, candidates will continue to develop teaching skills and insights as they apply what they learn to classroom situations. Candidates will also develop skills in research and leadership through courses in research, advanced classroom management, and consultation and collaboration. Students complete individual master’s projects as part of the requirements.

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education.

Admissions

Application Deadline: 

  • August 1 (fall)
  • December 1 (spring)
  • May 1 (summer first half term)
  • June 15 (summer second half term)

Admissions & Requirements: 

  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7 (If you do not have at least a 2.7 GPA, please see our GPA Forgiveness process).
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all academic coursework beyond high school.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • Three recommendations from those knowledgeable of the candidate’s interaction with children or youth. Applicants will provide reference contact names and email addresses through the application portal.
  • A clear criminal background check, which will be requested after application submission.
  • Must be geographically located in the State of North Carolina. The online Graduate Certificate Program requires classroom observation hours to be limited to the state of North Carolina. At this time, we are unable to offer the Graduate Certificate online program to those geographically located outside the state of North Carolina.
Courses

Required Courses for General (21 credit hours)

  • SPED 5173: Diagnostic Assessment (3)
  • SPED 5300: Lifespan Development for Exceptional Individuals (3)
  • SPED 5370: Culturally Responsive Positive Behavior Support (3)
  • SPED 5372: Planning Mathematics Instruction for Students with Exceptional Needs (3)
  • SPED 5375: Foundations of Literacy for Students with Diverse Learning Needs (3)
  • SPED 5400: Practicum: Integrated Instructional Applications in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 6475: Internship/Seminar: Special Education K-12 - General Curriculum (3 to 6)

Note about course delivery: Courses are delivered online both synchronously and asynchronously.

Internship Information

  • An internship is required for Graduate Certificate students. The graduate-level internship is the culminating experience of the Graduate Certificate program, offering students the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness for the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License.  Students are assigned to an appropriate classroom for a full-time semester-long experience under the supervision of the classroom teacher and University faculty.  This internship can be done in a student’s place of employment or the University can find placement for the student.  Residency teachers and teacher assistants must contact the Office of School and Community Partnerships to determine the appropriateness of their classroom for the internship experience and licensure requirements. This contact should take place at least one semester before the internship.

Note about the Graduate Certificate in Teaching

  • UNC Charlotte's Graduate Certificate in Teaching offers an efficient pathway to initial teacher licensure for candidates who have already earned a bachelor's degree and meets the  Educator Preparation Program (EPP) enrollment requirement for candidates seeking Residency Licensure. Course instruction is delivered 100% online using Canvas and, in most concentrations, is paired with clinical labs that meet on UNC Charlotte's campus or at school sites in the Charlotte area. Lab courses have an 'L' designation on the plans of study available on the program site.
Tuition

*Rates are subject to change*

Resident:

  • $280.34 per credit hour
  • $5,888.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $521.29 per credit hour
  • $10,948.00 est. program cost

Non Resident:

  • $1,026.68 per credit hour
  • $21,561.00 est. program cost