Special Education Training Graduate Certificate


Overview of the Special Education Training Graduate Certificate

Be the reason a child loves to learn. The online Special Education Training Certificate helps you understand the unique needs of many students in our classrooms today with practical coursework and faculty with relevant teaching experiences.

This certificate program provides an avenue to meet the requirements for IWU’s Transition to Teaching (TTT) in Special Education program. The certificate will help prepare you to move into the TTT program, finish it quickly, and complete your initial licensure in Indiana.

  • Complete the certificate program in 16-20 months
  • Fully online – don’t pause your life to earn your degree
  • Certificate is an alternative avenue into the TTT Special Education program, a licensure program
  • Develop a professional growth plan, a classroom management plan, a behavior intervention plan and more



  • Create developmentally appropriate instructional practices
  • Support healthy development of students with special needs and their families
  • Develop lesson plans and behavior plans for students with disabilities 



  • Special education teacher
  • Curriculum developer
  • Special education coordinator or lead teacher
  • Special education teacher assistant



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Kindergarten & Elementary



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Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees*

Credit Hours Tuition
18 Total $470 / credit hour

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, veterans benefits, and occasionally employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email  IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.


Special Education



Below are the lists of requirements for the Special Education Training Graduate Certificate. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must have:

  1. A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The degree must be verified on official transcripts and sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  2. A criminal history background check that meets School of Educational Leadership guidelines.
  3. Submitted a signed SOEL FERPA Release form.

NOTE: Applicants should be aware that Indiana State Legislation has mandated that expanded background checks are required for those working with students in Indiana schools. Applicants will also be required to adhere to any additional State Mandates required for educators. Though candidates will be required to submit an initial background check that is acceptable to the university as a part of their application materials, that successful background report will only serve to gain admittance to that academic program. School corporations are governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees who set policy for their school corporation. All accepted students should understand that additional background checks will most likely be required by school corporations before participating in clinical experiences.

Completion Requirements

To successfully complete the Special Education Training Graduate Certificate, candidates must have completed the following:

  1. Complete all course requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and no grade lower than a "B-."
  2. Complete all field and clinical experiences in the courses.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Special Education Training Graduate Certificate program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

  1. Application
    Apply online at indwes.edu.

  2. Transcripts
    College: Applicants who have more than 30 credit hours of college coursework are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in a sealed envelope directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

    College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece. org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades. Note: Additional third-party evaluators can be considered from an approved list and in some cases and internal international transcript evaluation can be done.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Special Education Training Graduate Certificate. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.