Teaching Students with Disabilities - Childhood

School of Education & Human Services

The educational needs of children with disabilities require the commitment of teachers who understand the developmental challenges involved and the specific needs of the age group. If you are a childhood teacher looking to gain further knowledge in the learning and/or behavioral challenges of students and add 1-6 certification in Special Education, this is the program for you.

$885/credit hour
1-2 years
Program Format
On Campus
Now Accepting Applications
Spring, Summer and Fall

This program prepares candidates already holding a Childhood Certificate (Grades 1-6) to gain Initial and Professional Certification in Students with Disabilities 1-6.

You will study psychological and social factors, along with proven techniques for teaching children who have diverse learning requirements. Coursework includes developmentally appropriate curriculum in early childhood classrooms, reading and writing process for students with learning and behavioral disorders, plus teaching for autism spectrum and intellectual disabilities.  

Candidates wishing to extend their certification to teach birth to grade 2 can do so by consulting their adviser. 

Candidates wishing to obtain an extension to teach grades 7-9 in their content area must add a Middle Childhood Extension

lauren semo canisius
I was able to finish my Master’s in only a year and a half, and I don’t think I would have been able to do so without the support of my professors and advisors.
Lauren Semo '19, '20
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