Special Education Graduate Certificate

Learn to create an inclusive learning environment.

The College of Charleston welcomes aspiring educators like you to our Special Education Certificate Program. This program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to create inclusive learning environments. You will learn to foster self-sufficiency and confidence in students with unique needs. Whether you're a regular educator looking to expand your expertise or a special educator seeking to advance your career, our program is tailored to meet your goals.

Why earn your Special Education Graduate Certificate at the College of Charleston?

At the College of Charleston, we take pride in our Special Education Program's achievements and accolades. Here's why you should join us:
  1. Comprehensive Curriculum: Our 18-credit-hour program dives deep into understanding the characteristics of students with special needs. You'll learn the educational procedures essential for effective teaching.
  2. Inclusive Learning: We emphasize inclusive language and teaching practices to ensure every student thrives in your classroom, regardless of their abilities.
  3. Career Advancement: Whether you're a regular educator seeking initial coursework in special education or a special educator looking to enhance your knowledge, our program opens doors to new opportunities.
  4. Experienced Faculty: Learn from experienced educators and experts in the field who are dedicated to your success.
  5. Flexible Options: Choose from various study formats to fit your schedule, including evening and online classes.
  6. Supportive Community: Join a supportive community of educators, fostering collaboration and growth.
  7. Hands-on Experience: Gain practical experience through internships and field placements, putting your knowledge into action.
  8. Impactful Teaching: Empower students with disabilities to become self-sufficient and confident learners.

Be a part of a transformative educational experience. Empower yourself to empower others. Make a meaningful difference in the lives of students with diverse needs. 

Enroll now and become the educator who changes lives. 

How to Apply

The entire application process is online. The documents outlined below are required components of the application. A file is not complete until all documents have been submitted and processed, so read carefully and prepare your application materials in advance of applying.
  • Dates & Deadlines


    • Priority: January 15 
    • Final: July 1 


    • Priority: January 15 
    • Final: April 1 


    • Priority: November 1 
    • Final: December 1 
  • Admission Criteria

    • Required 2.75 minimum GPA 
    • Statement of professional goals 
    • Copy of teaching certificate 
    • Official undergraduate transcripts