Special Education Certificate – Graduate

The School of Education at Biola University offers an online institution-sponsored 12-credit certificate in Special Education. This certificate assists regular classroom teachers who serve special needs students, teachers who plan to later earn their Special Education Credential, and administrators and curriculum specialists who desire to strengthen their special education expertise. The 12-credit Special Education Certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program or can be embedded as part of a 15-credit concentration in Biola's M.A.T. or M.A.Ed. programs. The institution-sponsored certificate requires that all coursework be passed with a grade of "B-" or higher.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed all bachelors requirements prior to the start of the program and must have a bachelors degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of the second term.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Verify possession of a Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of program.
  • Applicants for whom English is not a primary language must verify a score of 100 iBT on the TOEFL exam.
  • Complete Biola University's Graduate Education Application.
  • Interview with a member of the School of Education.

Official documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student's academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.

Program Requirements

Special Education Courses
SEED 561Issues in Special Education3
Select 9 credits of the following:9
Assessment and Evaluation of Exceptional Learners
Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
Behavior and Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Taskstream Subscription
Candidates must have a paid subscription to Taskstream while taking Special Education courses.
Total Credits12