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You know special education expertise is in high demand. That’s why this 100% online graduate certificate in cross-categorical special education from the University of Missouri (Mizzou) can take your career to the next level. School districts look for leaders with special education skills like those offered in this 12-credit hour (4-course) program. You can complete this program while you work within a single school year.
Hone your ability with differentiated instruction, enhance your school’s learning culture and help every student establish strong foundations in literacy and numeracy. Courses focus on instruction that works for special education across multiple categories. Bolster student outcomes and your school district’s reputation with training that allows neurodiversity to flourish. Although this graduate program is not designed for those seeking teacher certification, the credits you earn can count toward a future master’s degree from Mizzou. Upon completion, you will be equipped with expertise that allows your school, your district and all of your students to thrive.
Top-ranked programs in two categories
Mizzou’s online graduate education programs ranked among the nation’s finest in two U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs 2023 categories.
Official nameGraduate certificate in special education cross-categorical
Program typeGraduate certificate
Academic homeCollege of Education & Human Development | Department of Special Education
Delivery mode100% online
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
Job titles include:
- Gifted program teacher
- Special education program coordinator
Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required.
Courses are cohort-based. Most students study part time, taking one to two classes per semester, and complete the course work in just a year.
Course work includes
- Introduction to special education
- Behavioral and classroom management
- Literacy in special education
- Advanced teaching mathematics in special education
Typical program length1 year
Typical course load1-2 classes per semester
Further your education
Students may apply the 12 credit hours earned for this graduate certificate to a variety of Mizzou’s master’s in education degrees such as autism, general special education and others. For more information, visit the Department of Special Education.
University of Missouri-Columbia is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
Jena Randolph has a faculty appointment at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment and serves as a co-principal investigator for the Training Experts in Autism for Missouri (TEAM) program, which provides autism training and support to applied behavior analysts, educators, health service providers and community care professionals throughout the state. Dr. Randolph has extensive experience with individuals with autism throughout the lifespan across home, clinical and school settings. Her background includes a focus on neurodiversity, collaborative and coordinated care, and emergent communication development.
Delinda van Garderen focuses her research on students with learning disabilities, struggling learners, and teachers in the content areas of mathematics and science. In particular, she studies how students and teachers use representations to solve mathematics word problems, student development and intervention in number (e.g., conservation of quantity, numerical magnitude), and use of Universal Design for Learning to plan instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners in science. She is currently completing a DR-K12 NSF grant, “QuEST: Quality Elementary Science Teaching,” designed to examine the impact of a professional development model for improving teacher content knowledge and pedagogical practices in science.
Melissa Stormont has published extensive research on the educational and social needs of children at risk for failure in school. Dr. Stormont teaches undergraduate and graduate students in special education. Her specialties include exploring teachers’ knowledge and use of specific instructional practices for children at risk, investigating characteristics associated with risk and success in school, and supporting children with ADHD in school.
Jessica Rodrigues completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and earned her doctoral degree from the University of Delaware before joining the University of Missouri’s program. Dr. Rodrigues is the Principal Investigator on two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants — one of which is an NSF CAREER award. Her expertise centers on communicating mathematics education to broad audiences, identifying students experiencing mathematics difficulties, developing and testing interventions and supporting teachers with professional development in mathematics.