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Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Mild-Moderate Special Education

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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. Additionally, LSUA's online programs provide you the opportunity to synchronously interact with instructors (in real-time) via video conferencing and other technologies in a flexible format that fits your busy schedule. These sessions also allow engagement with course content and build a community among our online students.

LSU Alexandria's 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.

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

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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 coach

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Earn your certificate 100% online and on your time

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The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. For the PBS in Mild-Moderate Special Education, you are able to transfer up to 75% of previous credits.

Total credit hours per program: 18 credit hours

Cost per credit hour (with fees): $291

Total cost with fees, and the maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $1,455

Total cost with fees, no transfer credits and no financial aid: $5,238

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Coach for the final program cost.

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.

Admission Requirements

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

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.

Licensure & Certification

Learn more about specific LSUA programs leading to licensure and certifications.

Career Opportunities

  • Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
  • Elementary Special Education Teacher
  • Secondary Special Education Teacher

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