Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities (15 credits)


The purpose of this Certificate in Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities is to prepare educators to teach students with exceptionalities in grades K-12. Students with exceptionalities must be taught by professionals who are trained in the identification, assessment, and teaching of individuals with exceptionalities. The goal of this Certificate is to provide candidates with the opportunity to complete research-based coursework with assignments and performance tasks aligned to the appropriate subject area and grade level. Candidates will gain the skills and knowledge to complete formative and summative assessments, use data to differentiate and deliver instruction, develop and implement Individualized Education Programs and Behavior Intervention Plans, and collaborate with IEP/504 teams, parents and professionals to meet the needs of all students.  

Fieldwork/clinical experiences are embedded across the coursework, enabling the teachers to demonstrate mastery of the CEC Specialist Standards through performance based tasks.  

Students who satisfactorily complete the coursework described below will qualify (on application to the Office of the Registrar) for a Wilmington University Graduate Certificate in that topic area.  This is not to be confused with a Delaware Department of Education endorsement or certificate to teach exceptional children in any category.  Such endorsements may only be granted by the Delaware Department of Education after all state-mandated requirements are met (e.g., candidates must have passing scores on all tests required by the DE Professional Standards Board; must hold a current Initial, Continuing or Advanced License and DE certification to teach in a specific subject area or grade level).

Please note that Delaware requirements for public school educators are subject to change by the Delaware Department of Education.  Wilmington University makes no guarantees that students who complete the coursework outlined below will qualify for state licenses, certificates or endorsements.  Candidate seeking such credentials must submit an application through DEEDS (Delaware Educator Data System).

The most recent information about Delaware licensure and certification requirements can be accessed at the Delaware Department of Education/Professional Standards Board website.  Wilmington University has not made determinations for licensure in states outside of Delaware. For state-by-state contact information for inquiring about individual state licensure requirements, please visit NC-SARA's Professional Licensure Directory.


Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities Courses (15 credits)

MED 6102 E-Folio

MSE 7403 Diagnosis/Assessment/IEP Development for Exceptionalities

MSE 7405 Curriculum in Special Education

MSE 7402 Applied Behavior Analysis

MSE 7901 Diagnosis/Assessment of Reading Difficulties for Non-Reading/Literacy Majors

and one of the following:

MSE 8102 Legislation and Implementation of Policy and Procedure

MSE 7407 Teaming/Collaboration with Families & Communities

MSE 7406 Transition Planning & IEP Implementation for Students with Disabilities

MSE 7404 Assistive Technology

*MSE 8102 Legislation and Implementation of Policy and Procedure is recommended.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2024-2025 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2023 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.