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Certificate Overview

Many licensed general education teachers are facing the challenge of meeting the needs of students with disabilities in their classrooms. BW's special education certificate is designed to provide the tools and skills needed in the general education classroom to better serve learners with disabilities.

BW's focus on applied learning means you will be able to make immediate use of what you learn. The special education certificate program is entirely online and offers flexibility for working teachers.

This certificate is beneficial for:

  1. Licensed teachers seeking to meet the challenge of serving the needs of learners with disabilities in their classrooms.
  2. Administrators who are interested in the needs and services for students who have disabilities. As leaders in their buildings/district, a large percentage of time is spent working with others on issues related to the needs of learners with disabilities. Thus, understanding their needs is essential.

Note: The certificate is not endorsed by the state of Ohio, nor does it confer any official state licensure.


Dr. Debra Janas
Professor and Coordinator, Intervention Specialist Program

Special Education Certificate Curriculum

The certificate includes a sequence of three courses (9 credit hours) and is offered completely online. It is designed for K-12 teachers as well as administrators who are interested in understanding the support required for students with disabilities. These courses may also be applied toward the Advanced Practice Minor as part of the MAEd degree.

  • EDU 573 Education of Children with Special Needs (Fall, Spring, Summer 1)
  • EDU 574 Introduction to Students with Mild/Moderate Educational Needs (Fall, Spring)
  • EDU 576 Classroom Management for Students with Mild/Moderate Educational Needs (Fall)


2024-25 Tuition

MAEd Program for K-12 Educators Per Credit Hour
MAEd Graduate Courses $580

Unlike many graduate education programs, BW does not charge additional per-credit-hour fees.

Tuition Discounts

School Partnership Program

Baldwin Wallace offers a discounted tuition at $525 per credit hour for educators in school districts that are premier partners. Learn more about our school partnership program.

BW Graduate Alumni Award

BW alumni who enroll in this program are eligible for the BW Graduate Alumni Award.

Financial Aid

Loans for Graduate Students

Graduate students in the School of Education may pursue financial support in the form of educational loans.

If this is your first graduate degree, or if you earned a graduate or professional degree unrelated to K-12 education, you may consider pursuing federal direct student loans, graduate PLUS loans, or private education loans.

Graduate students who have already earned a master's degree related to K-12 education may utilize private education loans, which often have interest rates and repayment options that are as competitive or perhaps even better than the federal loans.