Certificate of Achievement in Special Education

Division: Consumer/Family Studies

This certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of child development. Students completing this certificate will acquire entry-level employment skills in the area of special education. Students will acquire hands on experience working with children with disabilities and their families.

Program Outcomes

  • Design and implement curriculum strategies based on children's individualized needs. 
  • Explain various strategies that support collaborative practices in promoting the optimal development of children within the context of their family and community. 
  • Identify the benefits of using a strength based approach in working with children with special needs and their families. 

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for employment in the following fields: special education assistant, early intervention assistant, intervention paraprofessional, speech therapy aide, instructional assistant, behavior intervention, etc.

Program Requirements  

CHLD 039Child Growth and Development3
CHLD 042Child, Family, and Community3
CHLD 140Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children3
CHLD 146Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs3
CHLD 148Health, Safety, and Nutrition3
CHLD 154Introduction to Children with Special Needs3
WEXP 193SSpecial Education Work Experience – First Semester1

The Certificate of Achievement requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Consumer Family Studies Division Chair.