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Program at a Glance

Online Certificate
College of Community Innovation and Education
Credit Hours
Most Innovative University 2022

Impact the special education community.

Learners with special needs require a special level of attention, care, and support. Engage with the diverse needs and learning objectives of special education students when you earn your certificate online. Regardless of the environment in which you teach — including public schools, private schools, childcare facilities or other institutions — you’ll increase your career prospects and have a powerful impact in the lives of your students and their families.

Through UCF Online’s special education online courses, you’ll study instructional strategies, assessment and curriculum prescriptions for the exceptional population, methods of behavioral management and more. As a result, you’ll be prepared to develop curriculum that is sensitive to diverse learning needs. Upon completion, you’ll have the foundation you need to create unforgettable learning experiences in a safe, positive environment.

This certificate program is designed specifically for out-of-field teachers and students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Through the program, you’ll complete coursework required for special education certification in the State of Florida. To take the next step in supporting special education students, get started today.

Application Deadlines

December 1
April 1
July 1

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Course Overview

Exceptional Children in the Schools

Explore characteristics, definitions, educational problems, and appropriate educational programs for the exceptional children in schools.

Examine a varying exceptionalities strategies (SLD, EH, MH) course using a cross-categorical model. The course is concerned with the pre-k handicapped child through grade 6. A required field experience must be completed with the class depending on prior experience.

This course addresses instructional needs of secondary students with disabilities. It provides information on instruction, academic and social-personal skills, and transition planning.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Become more effective in your classrooms teaching students of all abilties.
  • Enhance the delivery of education to children and youth with disabilities.

Career Projections


Annual Job


Job Growth
2019 - 2029

Source: Lightcast™ . 2024

Career Opportunities

  • early intervention specialist
  • educational diagnostician
  • educator
  • exceptional education teacher
  • instructional assistant
  • special education administrator
  • special education teacher