The Graduate Certificate in Special Education will prepare you to work with students with a wide range of needs. Trinity’s program focuses on evidence-based instructional strategies and data-driven best practices to enhance the skills needed to help those with varying social and learning abilities in today’s inclusive classrooms. You’ll learn to develop effective behavioral interventions, differentiate instruction, and provide appropriate accommodations. Your courses will explore the intersecting relationships of school, home, and community and how they can work together to ensure all students meet their full potential.

Gaining a certificate from an accredited university can advance your career and put you a step closer to earning a degree! Trinity has small class sizes for individualized attention and faculty teach foundational knowledge in an applied format, integrating students’ work and life experiences with the course information. All coursework can apply towards a Master’s Degree in Special Education at Trinity.

Trinity’s faculty have extensive experience in a variety of special education areas, and our courses are designed to provide you with the content knowledge and skills needed to enhance education opportunities for students with special needs.

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Degree Level: Non-Degree
Degree Type: Certificate
School: School of Education
Format: Evening/Weekend
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The Graduate Certificate in Special Education will prepare you to work with students with a wide range of needs. Trinity’s program focuses on evidence-based instructional strategies and data-driven best practices to enhance the skills needed to help those with varying social and learning abilities in today’s inclusive classrooms. You’ll learn to develop effective behavioral interventions, differentiate instruction, and provide appropriate accommodations. Your courses will explore the intersecting relationships of school, home, and community and how they can work together to ensure all students meet their full potential.

Gaining a certificate from an accredited university can advance your career and put you a step closer to earning a degree! Trinity has small class sizes for individualized attention and faculty teach foundational knowledge in an applied format, integrating students’ work and life experiences with the course information. All coursework can apply towards a Master’s Degree in Special Education at Trinity.

Trinity’s faculty have extensive experience in a variety of special education areas, and our courses are designed to provide you with the content knowledge and skills needed to enhance education opportunities for students with special needs.

Earn certification in Special Education while earning credits towards a future Master's Degree.

Just 15 Credits To Complete!

EDCI 650 Global and Ethical Perspectives
EDTE 629 Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities
EDTE 630 Human Relations and Career Education in Special Education
EDTE 634 Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities
EDTE 691 Practium in Special Education

Learn In-Demand Skills

Teaching methods
Lesson planning
Differentiation instruction
Assessment practices

Prepare for Success: Potential Careers

  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Residential Facilities Staff
  • Transition Counselor
  • Special Education Advocate
  • SPED Teaching Endorsement for certified teachers

Discover Your Strength with a Truly Singular Higher Education Experience

Trinity Washington University has been educating national and local leaders for over 120 years.

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  • Attend a U.S. Department of Education-designated Predominantly Black Institution and a Minority Serving Institution
  • Graduate with less debt:  Trinity has the lowest private college tuition rate in the Washington D.C. region; 100% of students receive some sort of financial aid, with 80% eligible for Federal Pell Grants
  • Learn leadership skills in Trinity’s inclusive environment: Trinity is a national innovator for gender, racial and social equity in higher education
  • Trinity empowers women leaders to make positive changes for their families, communities, places of work and the larger society
  • Learn to lead with integrity and compassion, justice and equity as a professional and as a citizen leader

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  • Community: Trinity graduates more D.C. residents than any other private college, making up nearly 60% of the student body. Trinity’s location in the heart of the nation’s capital provides unparalleled internship and research opportunities
  • Care for each and every student: Trinity’s ~4:1 student-to-teacher ratio means students are never just a number
  • Student welfare: Trinity offers low-cost residential and meal plan options and resources for students experiencing serious temporary food insecurity and other life challenges
  • Lifelong learning: Trinity develops the drive to keep learning, to discover and analyze new ideas, to advocate and implement actions that contribute to the common good and support social transformation

Discover Excellence

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921
  • Trinity graduates consistently perform above the national average on professional exit exams and certifications
  • Trinity’s award-winning faculty are national and local leaders in their fields, with many highly awarded for research and other publications
  • With opportunities for original research in many programs, Trinity students have been cited as authors in published research and articles