The online Special Education Leadership Graduate Certificate

App State’s Special Education Leadership Graduate Certificate will provide current and future administrators with the ability to lead inclusive schools and address the educational needs of students with disabilities.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to formulate school-level leadership approaches grounded in ethical standards and practices as well as implement collaborative administrative procedures and strategies to facilitate communication among all stakeholders.

After earning your Special Education Leadership Graduate Certificate and meeting other requirements noted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI), you will be eligible to apply for the Exceptional Children's Program Administrator licensure add-on.

Certificate details

Program information

  • Completion time: 12 months
  • Two classes per semester
  • 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
  • Unofficial transcripts (or evaluated transcripts for degrees and coursework earned outside of the United States) should be uploaded showing any completed degrees and coursework.
    Note: Official transcripts will be required prior to enrolling.
  • Resume

Note: Test scores are not required for this program.

Professional Licensure

Appalachian State programs that lead to a professional licensure or certificate are intended to prepare students for licensure or certification in North Carolina. Check the Professional Licensure webpage for information on licensure requirements in other states.

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