The Graduate Certificate in Special Needs is designed for overseas teachers in inclusive general education classes in elementary, middle and secondary settings. Other individuals who may benefit from participation in this certificate program are administrators and interested parents.

Admission Requirements
Applicants applying for a graduate certificate must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate quality point average (QPA) of 2.7. Students not meeting this requirement may be reconsidered for admission after completing one (1) prescribed course in the certificate program.

No transfer credit is allowed in this certificate program.

Curriculum Requirements
The following four (4) courses are required for the Certificate in Special Needs:
SPED 908 Fundamentals of Teaching Diverse Learners
SPED 956 Curriculum Development and Modification
SPED 962 Developmental Patterns of Children with Special Needs
SPED 963 Behavior and Classroom Management

Completion Requirement
Students must have a minimum B- average or above in the certificate program in order to graduate.

For further information about the Graduate Certificate in Special Needs, please contact Joyce Fahey, Associate Director of the C. Louis Cedrone International Education Center.

Framingham State University

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Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220