Exceptional Student Education (XEX)


The 12-hour Exceptional Student Education Graduate Certificate program provides teachers or individuals in related fields with the opportunity to develop advanced skills and expertise in the area of special education. Emphasis is placed on effective instructional and assessment practices, creating effective learning environments, and collaborating with others to meet the needs of exceptional students.

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate is offered fully online.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold an earned degree from a regionally accredit university with a minimum GPA of 3.0. In addition, applicants should have approximately 30 credit hours of coursework in education or a related field, or hold a professional teaching credential.

Application Process

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




12 credit hours are required for the certificate.

  •  EEX 6612 – Management and Motivation of Exceptional and At-Risk Students (3)
  •  EEX 6222 – Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment of Exceptional Students (3)
  •  EEX 6248 – Instructional Approaches for Exceptional Populations (3)
  •  EEX 6732 – Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education (3)



Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

5 years

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Course credits earned in the certificate 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.


Karen Colucci
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Beth Bakes, Program Specialist
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Jonathan McIntosh
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