The online Graduate Certificate in Special Education at App State

Appalachian’s online Graduate Certificate in Special Education will provide you with the abilities to become a leader in advanced behavioral interventions critical in today’s classroom.

Special educators play a vital role in the school community and staying abreast of the most up-to-date research-based practices is crucial. Together with Appalachian faculty, you will learn evidence-based instructional strategies and behavioral interventions required to serve students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms.

Upon completion of this certificate, you will be eligible to apply for the NC licensure in special education: general curriculum. Approved hours of the certificate may be used toward the completion of Appalachian’s Master of Arts in Special Education.

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Certificate details

Program information

  • Completion time: 18-24 months
  • Two classes per semester, including summer
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  • All App State education programs that lead to an initial licensure or a similar credential require a Clinical Internship at a North Carolina public school. Learn more.

Eligibility and application requirements


Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts must be submitted showing any completed degrees and transcripts showing any coursework completed at institutions other than Appalachian in the last five years
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Note: Test scores are not required for this program.

Professional Licensure

This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.

If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at or 828-262-7559.

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