Special Education – Graduate Certificate 

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

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.

The 18-month program gives you the ability to earn the 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 of science in education or a master of education degree with a focus on special education.

Apply today! Classes begin with the next cohort on June 13, 2022. The priority application deadline is May 15. You’re still welcome to apply after May 15. Contact sped@iastate.edu with questions. The next available cohort for this program would begin in summer 2024.

Special Education ​Graduate Certificate Details

  • This coursework leads to recommendation for the Instructional Strategist II: Behavior Disorders/Learning Disabilities, ages 5-21 ​endorsement.
  • 27 credits
  • 18-month program
  • Begins June 2022 (Application deadline is May 15, 2022)
  • The program is designed for people who have a general education teaching certificate and want to add a special education endorsement at the graduate level. This program is also a good fit for special education teachers who already have a strat one certification but want to teach students who require higher levels of support for academics or behavior.

We also offer a 12-credit certificate for people who want to gain information about special education. This program length is variable and the program’s start date is rolling.


We’re here to help! Contact our Special Education Team at sped@iastate.edu to learn more about our programs and get your questions answered.

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