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Early Childhood Special Education Certificate

You can become a highly skilled and sought-after teacher.

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Expand Your Ability to Teach Children With Special Needs

Prepare yourself to meet the learning and developmental needs of diverse learners, including those with disabilities and developmental delays.

This specialization will enhance teachers’ practice in assessment, instruction, and collaborating with families.

Online Special Education Certificate Program Highlights

Valuable Skills for Special Needs Classrooms and Young Students

18 Credit Hours

2 Years

Fall Term Start


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Are You Seeking the LBS1 (kindergarten-2nd grade) and/or Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval (birth-preschool)?

Candidates should currently be working in an early childhood learning environment, and have completed a bachelor’s degree – with or without licensure (Professional Educator License).

For Illinois licensed teachers, administrators, or other school professionals you may be able to complete the program in less than 18 hours. Candidates must pass the LBS1 content test in order to add the LBS1 endorsement to their PEL.

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Our Goal is to Facilitate Your Personal and Career Advancement

There is a need for professionals who are well-prepared to work with children who have special learning needs across a range of roles:

  • Special education teacher
  • Itinerant special education teacher
  • Center/program director
  • Childcare home provider
  • Educational coordinator
  • Early childhood education teacher
  • Parent coordinator
  • Childcare home provider


Explore a Few of the Certificate Courses

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Family and Professional Collaboration in Special Education
This course examines the impact of disability on families who have young children (birth through age five) with special needs.
Assessment of Children with Special Needs and Diverse Abilities
This course provides students with a basic understanding of assessment of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays or disabilities from birth through age five.
Communication and Language Delays and Disabilities
This course will focus on typical and atypical communication and language development in children from birth through age five with or at risk for disabilities.
Pamela Epley
Pamela Epley
PhD, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Clinical Professor
“Erikson Institute’s Special Education certificate program can enhance your teaching practice by preparing you to understand individual children’s strength’s and needs with the confidence to implement teaching and learning strategies that can help every child succeed. By becoming dually qualified in general and special education, you can develop skills and knowledge that uniquely prepare you for increasingly diverse classrooms.”
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Look Into Erikson’s Robust Financial Support & Scholarship Options

With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, our team is here to help you make your graduate education more affordable.

Based on your unique professional goals, we can help you understand tuition and expenses, and identify possible financial support opportunities.

Financial Aid Options  Tuition and Fees


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Apply Now for Priority Scholarship Considerations

Applications received by March 15th will receive primary consideration for scholarship awards.