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Special Education Certificate

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

SPEC is comprised of 30 credit units of special education classes, 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.


Program Options

Post Degree Certificate in Education: Special Education

Admission Requirements

To apply to the certificate applicants must have met the perquisites that include:

  • at least six credit units in special education (EDPSE 390.3 and EDPSE 414.3)
  • a B.Ed.
  • a Professional A Teaching Certificate
  • at least one year of teaching experience

Study from the comfort of your home or office

In as little as two years, you can complete the SPEC courses 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.

Sample Classes

  • 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.

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, SPEC enables teachers to upgrade their classification (however, only individuals completing graduate training may move to Class 6).