Online Special Education Teaching Training Certificate

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Be the reason a child loves to learn. The online Special Education Teaching 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 a 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

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You’ll Learn To…

  • 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

Career Options

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


18 Total
$499/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


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


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

6 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • 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.
  • A criminal history background check that meets School of Educational Leadership guidelines.
  • 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.

  • Submitted a signed SOEL FERPA Release form.

Completion Requirements
  • Complete all course requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and no grade lower than a "B-".
  • Complete all field and clinical experiences in the courses. 
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.
Clinical Experience Requirements
  • All candidates must complete field experiences. 
  • All clinical placements will be made by the Office of Clinical Experiences, unless otherwise outlined in course curriculum. 
  • Removal from a clinical experience may result in the candidate not passing the course and/or being permanently withdrawn from the program. 
  • All coursework must be completed with a minimum grade of no less than "B-" in each course


The Special Education Training Graduate Certificate at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024