Special Education

Post-Master's Certificate
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The post-master’s certificate in Special Education is designed for those who are interested in working with gifted and disabled students in a variety of settings. You will explore a wide spectrum of issues related to individuals with disabilities, including the development and characteristics of learners, learning differences, and instructional strategies to address the needs of these students. You will also learn to plan, assess and deliver instruction to students with mental, physical, behavioral and learning disabilities, and the gifted student.

Basis of Admission

A completed master's-level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.


Six Courses (18 credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.

At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Course Length

All courses are 8 weeks in length. Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.

Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours

Course Code


Course Description


Introduction to the Exceptional Student

In this course, students will gain an overview of research and current perspectives related to special education and associated administrative duties or higher education responsibilities. Topics include: the history of special education, identification of students with special needs, provisions of the IDEA/IDEIA, legal issues, inclusion, transitions, classroom modifications, instructional strategies, assessment procedures, service delivery models, and educational programming.


Assessment in Special Education

In this course, students will be introduced to practical, applied approaches to the procedures of the assessment process, testing procedures, assessment results, and the faculty involved in these processes. Students will learn to strengthen the connection between gathering assessment information and the analysis and synthesis of data to develop report summaries.


Emotionally Disabled Student

In this course, students will address common characteristics, best practices for identification, and instructional practices pertaining to students with emotional or behavioral disorders. Major emphasis will be placed on prevention procedures and intervention strategies to address behavioral issues. Preparing to teach individuals with emotional and behavior disorders in collaborative settings will also be addressed as well as how to select a variety of appropriate instructional strategies. Ways to support teachers in inclusive settings will also be discussed.


Developing Curriculum for the Mentally Disabled

In this course, students will explore various educational programs and teaching strategies that have been used successfully to assist students with disabilities. Students will develop an understanding of how to monitor individualized education programs by assessing individual student needs; modifying or designing instruction to improve student performance; and analyzing, selecting, and adapting curriculum for students with special needs. Positive methods of managing individual student behavior for students with special educational needs are also addressed.


Law in Special Education

In this course, students will focus on various legal issues facing special educators and administrators. Components will include investigations of specific court cases, federal mandates, case studies, and application opportunities. Student identification, service delivery options, appropriate educational services, and family rights and privacy issues are explored. How to research court case rulings that pertain to specific states and how to locate current information on legal issues is included to assist administrators of special education programs. Preparing for due process hearings and following procedural due process are also covered.


Teaching Strategies in Special Education

In this course, students will examine teaching strategies that may be used to assist students with mild disabilities. The latest information on Response to Intervention (RTI) is covered, with information on practical applications to promote success in the classroom. Participants will develop an understanding of how to monitor individualized education programs and modify or design instructional strategies to improve student performance. Providing leadership in regard to analyzing, selecting, and adapting strategies for students with special needs will be addressed.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Education's post-master's certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $902
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,706
  • Program cost: $16,236
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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