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Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Mild-Moderate Special Education

Total Credit Hours
18

Cost Per Credit Hour
$250

Earn Your Certification to Help Students with Special Needs.

LSU Alexandria

Deep compassion and immense patience are key when working with students with special needs. Teachers working with children who have emotional, intellectual and/or physical disabilities must be able to assess a student’s learning needs, develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and monitor their progress. While the Mild-Moderate Special Education Certification includes a variety of disabilities, the focus of the program is more on high incidence disabilities.

The LSUA Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Mild-Moderate Special Education (Grades 1-5 program & 6-12 program) is designed to prepare teachers with skills needed to help students with special needs succeed. Once an applicant completes this program, they will need to take Praxis tests for each certificate. The specific Praxis tests required depends on your current certification.

The Department of Education at Louisiana State University at Alexandria has as its mission the promotion of quality instruction, stimulating scholarship, rigorous academic standards, appreciation of cultural diversity, and respect for the dignity of each future teacher, resulting in impacting the lives of these future teachers, their students and the world in which they live.

Join the family of LSU campuses, offering nationally-ranked programs from campuses in Alexandria, Eunice and Shreveport, as well as the state flagship institution in Baton Rouge.

Total Credit Hours
18

Cost Per Credit Hour
$250

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Finish in as little as one year

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Earn both certifications with one extra class and the appropriate Praxis scores

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Continuous support from a dedicated Concierge member

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Earn your certificate 100% online and on your time


Explore This Program

Cost

The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. For the PBC in Mild-Moderate Special Education program, you can get transfer credit for EDCI 2900: Teaching Computer Literacy in the Elementary and Secondary Schools and possibly EDCI 4200: Reading in the Content Area (3 hours).

Total credit hours per program: 18 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $250

Total cost with EDCI 2900 transfer into the program: $3,750

Total cost with no transfer credits: $4,500

Admission Requirements
  • Applicants must be employed as a certified teacher in Louisiana with a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Course Listings

Special Education Grades 1-5, Mild Moderate (18 hours)

  • SPED 3701 | Credit hours: 3
  • SPED 3702 | Credit hours: 3
  • SPED 4701 | Credit hours: 3
  • SPED 4703 | Credit hours: 3
  • EDCI 2900 | Credit hours: 3
  • EDCI 4200 | Credit hours: 3

Special Education Grades 6-12, Mild-Moderate (18 hours)

  • SPED 2701 | Credit hours: 3
  • SPED 3701 | Credit hours: 3
  • SPED 3702 I | Credit hours: 3
  • SPED 4701 | Credit hours: 3
  • SPED 4703 | Credit hours: 3
  • EDCI 2900 | Credit hours: 3
  • EDCI 2700: Characteristics of Exceptional Children is a pre-req for the SPED courses. If an applicant does not have this course, it can be taken online through LSUA. LSUA has a robust transfer policy with 15 Louisiana Colleges and dozens of out-of-state schools included. Courses from schools not in our current policy will be evaluated upon application or an applicant can email online@lsua.edu and request an evaluation of a specific course from a specific school and year. If a student has not taken EDCI 2700, they can still be admitted but must take it as their first course.
Why A PBC in Mild-Moderate Special Education?

Many teachers in Louisiana are asked to teach outside their area of certification. They have three years to get certified within appropriate areas. With more emphasis on inclusion in classrooms, many teachers are also expected to teach students with a wide range of abilities. A Post-Baccalaureate Certificate that leads to certification in Special Education (with appropriate Praxis Scores) makes a teacher more versatile in the school and gives more options for employment.