Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education

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The Early Childhood Special Education certificate combines early childhood education and special education courses to provide additional training for individuals who teach or work with children with special needs.

This certificate has been approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board and is awarded by Sam Houston State University. 

This Graduate Certificate is eligible to receive Title IV funding – Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Graduate PLUS loans by request. To be considered for aid, students need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Note: This certificate in Early Childhood Special Education DOES NOT lead to teacher certification.

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate certificate program in Early Childhood Special Education must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. List of three professional references with contact information and relationship to applicant.
  5. Writing sample

For recommendation forms and writing sample instructions, please contact the School of Teaching and Learning or visit the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education program landing page.

Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education
Required Course
SPED 5301Ed Of Indvdls Wth Disabilities (Offered summer only)3
Special Education
Select two from the following:6
Tch Mthd-Lrnrs/Mild-Mod Dsblty
Transition Services Ind w Dis
Transition Assessment and Inst
In-Home Training & Family Iss
Std Behavior Disorder Children
Outcomes in Behav Intervent
Early Childhood Education
Select two from the following: 16
Curriculum Dev-Early Child Edu
Lang & Lit Dev In Young Child
Curr Pract-Early Child Setting
Buildg Rel With Div Fam& Child
Theor. Perspctv-Early Child Ed
Development Of The Young Child
Special Topics Erly Childhd Ed (May be taken twice with varied topic)
Total Hours15