Special Education – Graduate Certificate 

Special Education

If you are interested in earning a special education teaching endorsement in 18 months while working full time, this is a great program to consider. Earn this certificate with cohort-style learning designed to fit in to your busy life! All credits earned in this licensure program also count toward a Master’s of Education with a focus on special education.

The Special Education Certificate is currently undergoing renewal and applications are not being accepted at this time.


Iowa State University’s School of Education offers the courses needed for you to earn Iowa’s Instructional Strategist II: Behavior Disorders/Learning Disabilities, ages 5-21 endorsement.

All of the courses required for the Strategist II: Behavior Disorders/Learning Disabilities endorsement use a hybrid model that combines distance education components with a limited number of on-campus sessions (usually a few Saturdays per semester). Distance courses in special education make use of Canvas and video-streaming technology to maximize real-time interactions with the instructor and fellow students.

Admission Requirements



Total: 27 credits

18 month program

All credits earned in this licensure program also count toward a master of science in education or a master of education degree with a focus on special education.

Contact Information

Iowa State Online


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