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Special Education

Non Direct Program
This program is not available to students with only a high school diploma. University credit is required before admission.

This certificate program is comprised of 30 credit units of special education classes, which include an array of courses to fully prepare the special needs professional to meet the demands of this challenging and growing area of specialization. Completion of these courses allows you to become qualified to teach special education based on Saskatchewan Learning requirements.


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Admission requirements

To be considered, applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree program and have completed at least six credit units of undergraduate courses in special education (e.g. EDPSE 390.3 and EDPSE 414.3 or equivalent).

In addition, applicants will be expected to have a valid Professional A Teaching Certificate and one year of teaching experience.

Application deadline

For classes starting in September 2016, the deadline to apply is July 1.

Application procedure

To be considered, a complete application package and official transcripts sent directly by any post-secondary institutions previously attended (not including the U of S) must be submitted to the following address:

SPECIAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATE
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN
28 CAMPUS DR
SASKATOON SK  S7N 0X1

A completed application package includes:

  1. Application form
  2. Resumé outlining teaching experience, plus three references
  3. $75.00 CDN non-refundable application fee (money order or cheque)

Official transcripts from any post-secondary institutions previously attended (not including the U of S) must be sent directly from the institution(s) to the address above and received by the application deadline.

Special Education: Is it for you?

In as little as two years and from the comfort of your home or office, you can complete the courses required to complete the Post-Degree Certificate in Education: Special Education using a combination of specially designed independent course study materials, computer conferencing sessions guided by instructional staff, weekly assignments and a final examination. You will be provided with course guides, print packages and supplementary audio-visual materials as well as selected resources online to make your learning experience interesting and challenging.

Courses

30 credit units, including:

  • 24 credit units of required courses, such as:
    • EPSE 510.3: Supporting Students with Language and Communication Needs in the Classroom
      Language and communication development and disorders will be studied with emphasis on the impact they have on students' academic, social, emotional and cognitive development. The teacher's role, including classroom identification and assistance for students having language and communication disorders, will be addressed. Classroom and instruction modifications will be presented.
    • EPSE 520.3: Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities in the Classroom
      Designed to facilitate a broad understanding of issues in LD as well as research-based knowledge about several important elements in the field. Course topics will include definitional issues in LD, a language-oriented view to reading disability, memory processing problems, reading, writing, and arithmetic instruction, metacognition, social issues, inclusion, and assessment issues of LD.
    • EPSE 530.3: Supporting Students with Behavioural and Social Needs in the Classroom
      The goal of this course is to provide the student with the best effective practices for assessment and educational intervention for children and youth that have behavioural and social problems. While relevant theory and research will be reviewed, major emphasis will be placed on exploring practical strategies for improving behaviour in the school setting.
  • Six credit units of elective courses from within and/or outside Educational Psychology and Special Education, chosen by the student in consultation and with permission of the Program Director

Career opportunities

Completion allows you to become qualified to teach special education based on Saskatchewan Ministry of Education requirements. Approved by Saskatchewan Ministry of Education as an Additional Qualification Certificate, this program enables teachers to upgrade their classification. (However, only individuals completing graduate training may move to Class 6).

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