Dec 07, 2019  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education: Low Incidence Disabilities Graduate Certificate

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General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:
Fiona Goodyear;; 423-439-6148

Cynthia Chambers, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator

421A Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70548
(423) 439-7586


The Special Education Program offers a Certificate in Special Education: Low Incidence Disabilities. The program provides advanced coursework directed at evidenced-based instructional practices for K-12 students with low incidence disabilities (e.g., intellectual disorders, autism, multiple disabilities). For current teachers, this certificate program can lead to an additional teacher licensure in Comprehensive Special Education.

Admission to the Program

In addition to the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies:

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of a 2-page essay outlining past experience with individuals with disabilities and goals for acquiring a certificate in Special Education.

A student who applies and is accepted into the master’s program in Special Education with a concentration in Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, or Advanced Studies in Special Education, may apply up to eighteen (18) credit hours from the Special Education: Low Incidence Disabilities Certificate Program as the certificate program’s coursework aligns with the master’s degree program. Up to nine credit hours may be transferred from the Low Incidence Disabilities Certificate Program to another Special Education certificate program where applicable.

Course Requirements

Total Required for Program: 18 Credit Hours

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