Special Education, Certificate of Advanced Study

This program prepares candidates for a variety of roles working with children and adolescents with exceptional needs. It is designed for students with master's degrees seeking an LBS I endorsement (preK to age 21) on the Professional Educator License. Visit Licensure and Endorsement at NLU for more details.

In addition to National College of Education Graduate Admissions Requirements, applicants must:

Program Details:

  • Requires 34–37 SH for completion
  • Please note, any candidate who wishes to teach in a preK special education setting must have completed SPE 510, SPE 532, SPE 533 and SPE 534
  • Requires practicum

Required Courses

CAS Core - SH

EDL546Perspective and Administration of Policy

Program Requirements - 31-34 SH

SPE500Introduction to Exceptional Children and Adolescents/Special Education

SPE506Frameworks and Perspectives in Special Education

SPE545Assistive Technology

SPE502Language Development and Challenges in Children and Adolescents


SPE526Expressive Language Difficulties: Impact on Academic Learning


SPE503Collaborative and Consultative Teaming and Teaching

SPE508Critical Literacy for Students with Disabilities

SPE501Educational and Diagnostic Assessment of Exceptional Children and Adolescents

SPE509Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities

SPE523Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities

SPE507Methods of Social/Emotional Support

SPE527Differentiated and Individualized Curriculum and Instruction

SPE592CPracticum/Teaching Children and Adolescents with Special Needs

Note: SPE 500 can be waived per advisor.