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Professional Specialization Certificate (PSC) in Special Education

Special Education Certificate

Why earn a PSC in Special Education at UVic?

Research demonstrates that it is the classroom teacher who plays a pivotal role in the successful inclusion of a student with special needs, making the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill this role crucial.

Today, almost every classroom includes a number of students who are dealing with an exceptionality - either physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional, or a combination of all of these. The Certificate in Special Education is a professional program for educators who wish to enhance their ability to accommodate every young person with a specialized learning need within their classroom every day.

  • Work with a multidisciplinary faculty that specializes in child development, assessment of learning needs, and differentiating instruction.
  • Learn to complete special education assessments and evaluations that meet the competency requirements for Level B assessment outlined by the Ministry of Education.
  • Experience an innovative curriculum developed in consultation with teachers and school district leaders to meet the needs of both general and special educators.
  • Be part of a program that is focused on your future. Our flexible delivery allows you to choose the designation that best meets your career goals and interests. Enroll in the 16-month, part-time, 7.5-unit Professional Specialization Certificate in Special Education, with the option to ladder all of these credits into our 15 unit part-time Diploma in Special Education, or transfer 1.5 credits to a Masters degree in Educational Psychology (with a focus on Special Education).

Learn more about: the program and its courses, admission, and fees.

Delivery methods

Delivery methodsCertificate courses are designed for working professionals and are scheduled to be completed part-time. All of the courses in the Certificate program (with the exception of one course, ED-D 415, that requires approximately three weeks of on-campus instruction in the summer) are offered online.

Ethical & professional standards

EthicsStudents in the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies are expected to adhere to a professional code of conduct for the basis of their relationships with peers, faculty, and for any children/adolescents for whom they may provide services. Students will be subject to the provisions of the ethical guidelines of their respective professions. Students may be required to withdraw from a course or program when ethical, medical, or other reasons interfere with satisfactory practice in their respective professions.

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