Acquire the necessary skills to identify and evaluate the needs of students with moderate and severe disabilities with our online special education certification program.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 5/08/2024
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Estimated Length: 1 Year
Credit Hours: 21
Cost Per Credit: $310
Accreditation: CAEP

Certificate – Moderate & Severe Disabilities (P-12) Overview

Campbellsville University’s online certification in moderate and severe disabilities prepares you to identify and assess the needs of students with physical disabilities, mental challenges or autism spectrum disorders and plan their instruction and assessments. You will learn the instructional models, classroom strategies and characteristics related to students with moderate and severe disabilities. You will also study the characteristics and prevalence of students with autism spectrum disorder. You’ll explore the best practices for instruction planning and the research-based strategies for communication and social interactions with regard to sensory differences. Additionally, the fully online curriculum allows you to study whenever it’s convenient to you, and you’ll learn from faculty members who have real-world experience in education.

In addition, our online special education certificate program teaches you about applied behavior analysis; the interconnections between biological, cognitive, social and emotional disorders; and the community agencies and services that work with children and young adults who have moderate and severe disabilities and their parents. The certification includes a practicum that provides real-world opportunities in which you can apply your knowledge and skills into practice with students.

You can choose one of three options for completing the program: certification only (21 credit hours), as a certification component to the Master of Arts in Special Education Teacher Leader program (30 credit hours) or as a specialty option for the Master of Arts in School Improvement Rank I program (30 credit hours).

Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Campbellsville’s education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and are approved by the Education Professional Standards Board of Kentucky (EPSB) for teacher education and certification.

Course Map

Seven classes totaling 21 credit hours make up the online certification for moderate & severe disabilities. The certification takes approximately a year to complete.

Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to Campbellsville University’s accredited special ed. 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
  4. 2.75 overall GPA from their undergraduate studies or a 3.0 in their last 30 hours
  5. Master’s degree or planned fifth-year program
  6. Copy of teaching certificate with LBD certification
  7. Submission of a complete statement of purpose regarding enrollment in the certificate program

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

Costs & Financial Aid

The online special education certificate program costs $310 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

After earning this special ed. certificate online, you can pursue a career as a special education teacher. As of May 2017, special education teachers earned a median annual salary of $58,980, and employment for the position is expected to grow 8 percent through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why CU Online?

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, master's 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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