Special Education—Adventist Specialty Endorsement—Certificate

This graduate certificate emphasizes teaching strategies for persons with disabilities and is in the form of an Adventist Specialty Endorsement.

Special Education Endorsement
Issued to individuals holding a Basic, Standard, or Professional Teaching Certificate. May be issued to an applicant who:

  • Qualifies for the elementary endorsement or a secondary content area endorsement.
  • Has completed a minimum of tweve semester/eighteen quarter hours in special education and/or inclusive education (special needs in the regular classroom).

Special Education Specialist Endorsement
Professional endorsement issued to individuals holding a Professional Teaching Certificate. May be issued to an applicant who:

  • Qualifies for the special education endorsement.
  • Has completed a minimum of six semester/nine quarter hours of additional graduate-level work in special education/inclusive education and supporting courses.

Program length

This 12-credit program can typically be completed in one year.

Application deadlines

  • Fall (August – December): July 15
  • Spring (January – May): November 15
  • Summer Session 1 (May – June): March 15
  • Summer Session 2 (June – July): April 15
  • Summer Session 3 (July – August): May 15

Students who apply after the deadline will incur an additional late application fee.

Eligibility requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 2.60 (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses). The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.
  • English proficiency: Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • Recommendations: Two recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: Information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • Statement of Purpose: A 500-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; your philosophical perspective; and what you hope to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of your degree.
  • International Students: Since Graduate Certificates are not full time programs and international students must be enrolled full time, they are not eligible for this program. 

Finances

To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

Next steps

You can read up on application requirements, finances and frequently asked questions; or submit your application.

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