Disabilities Education: Severe/Profound


This certificate supports teachers and related professionals to work more effectively with students who have labels of severe/profound disabilities in sensitively accessing general education curriculum in meaningful ways. It is anticipated that these courses will meet the requirements of the Florida Department of Education's Endorsement in the field of Intellectual Development Disabilities (Severe/Profound). Collaborative and multidisciplinary working is a theme through each course as a way to increase student access to general education curriculum in the least restrictive environment.

Course Location/Delivery

This certificate is offered fully online.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and approximately 30 undergraduate credit hours of coursework in education or a related field (speech and language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy that deals specifically with students who have severe/profound disabilities).

Preference will be given to professional practitioners who have a minimum one year experience working with students with severe/profound learning disabilities.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None are required.


12 credit hours.

  • EEX 6234 - Identification and Assessment of Individuals with Low Incidence Disabilities (3)
  • EEX 6476 - Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities (3)
  • EEX 6065 - Collaborative Transition and Career Planning for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities (3)
  • EEX 6767 - Assistive Technology for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities in Special Ed (3)

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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Graduate Certificates
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