Start a rewarding career teaching students with learning disabilities or emotional and behavioral disorders with our initial teacher certification in special education.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: October 19th
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Estimated Length: 18 months (2 years if traditional)
Credit Hours: 48
Cost Per Credit: $299
Accreditation: CAEP

M.A. Special Education – Initial Certification Overview

Campbellsville University’s online master’s in special education will prepare you for a rewarding career as a special education teacher. You will learn necessary skills and knowledge to work with students who have specific learning disabilities or emotional and behavioral disorders and gain certification to teach in Kentucky. Additionally, you will gain insight into modern trends that are changing special education, including those involving technology. The program is taught by faculty members who have real-world experience in special education.

Through our special education certification online program, you will learn fundamentals of teaching while learning the history of education, as well as the basics to special education while reviewing a case study. In addition, you will explore how to develop lesson plans that include safe behavior interventional strategies that will help improve a student’s behavioral challenges. The program examines curriculum methods for learning and behavioral disorders, behavior and classroom management, educational technology and how to create prescriptive teaching plans.

While the program is in an Option 6 format, you can complete the traditional version of the certification. With the traditional format, you will complete an additional 12 hours of student teaching in which you will complete a videotaped lesson and receive feedback from your professor and a supervising teacher.

Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Our online special education certification program is also accredited by CAEP, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The fully online certificate offers the flexibility and convenience of being able to complete coursework when it best fits your schedule.

Course Map

The Option 6 special education alternative certification online program includes 48 credit hours and can take as little as 18 months to complete. For students who are completing the traditional TRAC 3 program, an additional 12 credit hours of student teaching is required.

Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to Campbellsville University’s accredited special education certificate online, prospective students must submit or complete the following:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Official Transcript Request Form (via Adobe Sign). In most cases, this will allow us to request your transcripts on your behalf.
  3. All official college transcripts from each college or university previously attended and currently attended
  4. GRE or Praxis CORE/CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) scores
    • Praxis CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators)
      • Praxis 5733 – Math (passing – 150)
      • Praxis 5713 – Reading (passing – 156)
      • Praxis 5723 – Math (passing – 162)
  5. One page rationale essay for graduate study
  6. Submit three names and email addresses of three professional and/or academic references to your enrollment counselor for School of Education requirements

*Some additional requirements will be requested upon acceptance into the program.

Costs & Financial Aid

Special education certification online costs $299 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Careers in Special Education

A career as a special education teacher earns a median salary of $58,980 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and employment is expected to increase by 8 percent through 2026. While most special education teachers typically work a traditional 10-month school year with summers free, some work year-round.

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Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format so you can study whenever and wherever you want.


Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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