Grad. Certificate in CTE Transition and Special Needs Special Education Expertise


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As students with special needs complete their education, they meet new challenges in transitioning to adult life. With specialized skills in career and technical education (CTE), educators can help these students prepare to thrive as independently as possible. Liberty University’s online Graduate Certificate in CTE Transition and Special Needs can equip you to help these students and gain add-on licensure endorsement to enhance your career.

With a short 12-credit-hour course sequence, you can add to your teaching skill set and gain an add-on endorsement for special education in as little as a year. You can also transfer these courses into a master’s degree such as the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction – General Education at a later time, so you can use these new skills for your career and leave the door open to a future degree. Liberty’s Graduate Certificate in CTE Transition and Special Needs is a practical and fast way to get advanced special education training to help students with special needs.

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Please note: Because this program is designed to fulfill licensure requirements for an add-on endorsement in special education, admission to this program requires that you hold current initial teaching licensure issued by the Virginia Department of Education in elementary education, middle grades education, or secondary education. If you hold licensure in another state, you may apply for reciprocity in Virginia.

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Liberty’s graduate certificate in CTE can help you prepare for a rewarding career in a field desperate for qualified, effective teachers. Through this program, you will earn an add-on endorsement in transition and special needs while studying under professors who understand your passion and can mentor you throughout your degree.

Building on your teaching experience and previous training, you will apply your new transition and special needs skills to a real classroom near you with a supervised practicum. This hands-on experience paired with advanced special education course content will help you apply for transition and special needs add-on licensure in a faster timeframe than completing a full degree. The add-on endorsement in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Transition and Special Needs can help you meet new standards for special education and set you apart as an expert in special needs transition methods.

With excellent and affordable online education, Liberty’s online Graduate Certificate in CTE Transition and Special Needs will help you meet licensure requirements and set you up for success in your teaching career.

This certificate is designed to give you a specialized and in-depth study of special education teaching practice while fulfilling add-on licensure requirements. Through this program, you will engage in advanced studies in individualized transition planning. These courses include an investigation of the medical, social, and employment challenges for students with severe disabilities and the best methods to assess and prepare students for transition into daily independent living.

This certificate includes a 3-credit-hour practicum, which will provide hands-on experience that will help you meet licensure requirements for the special education add-on endorsement.

Here are some of the specific subjects you will study throughout your program:

  • Current trends in the special education field
  • Educational behavior and development
  • Methods of teaching and classroom management
  • Theories and methodologies of special education

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Graduate Education Full-Time $415/Credit
Graduate Education Part-Time $615/Credit
Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.